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Ivory Coast turns plastic waste into the building blocks of learning

The West African country plans to build classrooms using bricks made from plastic

Inna Lazareva

Too much plastic and not enough schools are scourges of modern life many countries face. Now a factory in West Africa will try to tackle both by transforming old slip-slops and car tyres into bricks to build classrooms.

The factory in Ivory Coast will be the first of its kind in Africa and aims to produce enough plastic bricks to build 500 classrooms across the country by 2021, funded by the UN children’s fund Unicef and a Colombian social enterprise.

With millions of tons of plastic ending up in landfills and oceans each year, engineers and architects are coming up with novel ways to make use of the durable commodity...

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