Green Classrooms Recycled Plastic Blocks for Sustainable Construction

Midland, Mich - August 07, 2017 - - Recently, 35 Dow volunteers participated in local community improvement activities to clean up facilities, paint classrooms, and install lighting to deliver two Green Classrooms at The Ambientalista (Environmentalist) educational institution in Cartagena, Colombia. The project was made possible by the collaboration between Dow, Conceptos Plásticos, Rochester School, the City Secretary of Education, and Fundación Mamonal. This innovative project responds to the need to develop educational infrastructure in a sustainable way. The school is located in the San José de los Campanos neighborhood, a vulnerable zone in the city of Cartagena.

The project consists in the construction of two sustainable classrooms that can accommodate up to 30 students, through the use of recycled plastic. Traditional bricks used for construction are replaced by plastic blocks made from recycled materials. In order to support the initiative, Dow led a plastic waste collection efforts with employees and customers resulting in the collecting 14 tons of plastic, which were then processed by Conceptos Plasticos to produce the blocks used to build the classrooms. This project is a clear example of innovation and collaboration to drive a circular economy to create sustainable learning spaces that benefit vulnerable communities.