Battling Earthquakes With Trash

Harvey Lacey says turning polluting materials such as plastic bags and Styrofoam into building blocks is a sustainable option.

The UBUNTU-BLOX machine forms and wires the blocks with human help.

“These blocks will last 500 years,” he says.

According to Sam Bloch, executive director of nonprofit Haiti Communitere, trash is one of the most plentiful resources in Haiti, a country still recovering from a devastating earthquake in 2010.

“We’re still looking at over half a million people living under tarps, and it has been two years,” Bloch said.

Video after the jump.

Photo by Ian Aberle

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