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Our Waste for Life partners comprise an international network of people who pool their talents and resources to develop inventive, community driven, needs-based technologies. We freely disseminate those technologies and apply them where we can to help redress the social and ecological injustices that disproportionately affect people who live on society’s margins.

Our network is eclectic and cooperative because we know that problems know no disciplinary boundaries.

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With the help of our colleagues at Paalam project and architects Paul Burnham and Chern Ng, we replaced an Asbestos roof at a toilet block in Irubali, Jaffna with a roof made out of Rice Husk, Banana fibre and waste HDPE plastic waste. We manufactured the tiles at our facility at The University of Jaffna, Ariviyal Nagar using a Hot Press machine.

This is the first application of our prototype asbestos replacement project, which substitutes upcycled fiber reinforced waste plastics for traditional asbestos roofs. We will study the behavior of the tiles while additional tests on the mechanical properties will be conducted at The University of Western Australia and The Industrial Technology Institute of Sri Lanka. If successful, we hope to launch a small community-run green composite tile making business that can provide an alternative to the asbestos roofs commonly used in houses in Jaffna, SL.
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2 years ago

One of the research trajectories we're following in our Sri Lankan project has to do with composite building materials. It's something we've been interested in for years, but have not had the resources or personnel to pursue. Thanks to the hard work of Ashokcline Thayalan and Reddy in our Killinochchi facility and Chern Ng, our architect-in-residence in Perth, we've prototyped both a plastic-reinforced rice husk and banana fibre corrugated roof that we'll install on a toilet block in one of the Dust/Paalam project housing enclaves. If it's successful - and we expect it will be - we hope to replace all of the asbestos roofs in these enclaves. ... See MoreSee Less

2 years ago

One of the research trajectories were following in our Sri Lankan project has to do with composite building materials. Its something weve been interested in for years, but have not had the resources or personnel to pursue. Thanks to the hard work of Ashokcline and Reddy in our Killinochchi facility and Chern Ng, our architect-in-residence in Perth, weve prototyped both a plastic-reinforced rice husk and banana fibre corrugated roof that well install on a toilet block in one of the Dust/Paalam project housing enclaves. If its successful - and we expect it will be - we hope to replace all of the asbestos roofs in these enclaves.

Hiroshan Weerawardana has been experimenting in our Moratuwa facility with the fibre and plastic that the women in the Paalam group are using. He's come up with some ingenious prototypes. This bottle carrier conforms to our simple 'one-cut design' protocols that Ana Rapela introduced during her visit 1 year ago. ... See MoreSee Less

2 years ago