Harvey Lacey remembers the day he first came up with his idea for sustainable housing. He woke up from a deep sleep with a clear picture in his head of what he wanted to do, reports SMU Daily Campus.

And the Ubuntu Blox house was born.

Lacey’s house is a low-cost sustainable model that is made using bales of recycled plastic as the bricks and yellow clay as the plaster.

“What we do is teach them to use what they have at home,” Lacey said. “I don’t have to give it to them. I have to show them they have the raw materials there.”

Lacey also created and built the machine used to compress the plastic trash into the blocks. It was designed so that people of both genders and all sizes could operate the machine.

“Ubuntu,” the name of the house, is an African word that refers to a humanist philosophy focusing on caring, sharing and being in harmony with all of creation.

Photo from Recycled Plastic Block Houses

Originally posted by Angela Shupe on April 17, 2014 in Ideas.

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