Sugam an Enactus JMC Flagship aims to create public washrooms out of ecobricks to eliminate plastic pollution as well as open defecation in slums.
For a lot of people in India, Ecobricks might be a new concept but it is certainly getting major attention. In several parts of the country, people have adopted eco-bricks as an alternative to conventional bricks. Regular brick is one of the leading causes of soil erosion in the country. India produces almost 200 billion bricks a year and is the second-largest producer of bricks in the world. But the production of the same has many adverse effects on the environment, as it consumes vast proportions of high-quality soil and also emits pollutants in the air.
So, what is an Eco-Brick? Ecobricks are a simple, low-tech solution to our plastic. Without the need for machines, special skills or capital eco-bricks enable us to take personal responsibility for the plastic that we’ve consumed by keeping it out of industrial systems, securing it out of the environment, and putting it to good use in modules and earth constructions. An eco-brick is a PET bottle packed solid with clean and dry used plastic. Ecobricks are made to a set density to create reusable building blocks.
Around the world, 1 million plastic drinking bottles are purchased every minute. An equally compelling statistic states that 892 million people used no sanitation facilities at all but defecated in the open. In light of this, Project Sugam was conceived to focus on three areas of impact; plastic wastage, sanitation, & open-defecation.
This project is an example of the integration of sustainable infrastructure in India. Sugam, an Enactus JMC flagship, aims to create sustainable as well as publicly accessible Eco-brick bathrooms at locations in Delhi where there is an absence of proper sanitation facilities, such as Sangam Vihar. The process stems from the first collection of plastic via. JMC’s anti-plastic Campaign in the October of 2019, inaugurated by Gautam Gambhir, the project garnered massive attention & contributions for the steps taken to divert plastic from landfills to utilitarian items such as eco-bricks & tiles. Through means of serving a joint-purpose, Project Sugam is bound to have a positive impact on the environment as well as the sanitary health of vulnerable communities.
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