About Waste for Life

Waste for Life is a loosely joined network of scientists, engineers, educators, designers, and cooperatives working together to develop poverty reducing solutions to specific environmental problems. We use scientific knowledge and low-threshold/high-impact technologies to add value to resources . . .



What’s Happening

Waste for Life has three ongoing projects – in Sri Lanka, Argentina and, now, the US. We have team members and collaborators in each country, but the ultimate beneficiaries of our work are always the community groups, cooperatives, and compañeros in struggle that we have worked alongside since 2007.

Project Sri Lanka: Yaal Fibre

Project Sri Lanka: Senasuma Recycling Center

Project Sri Lanka: Paalam Products

Project Sri Lanka: Katana Upcycle

Standing People Together Program: Critical Conversations

See our research

Waste for Life’s work is supported by international teams of university faculty and student researchers


It's Not Fair

The Hub

We haven't been back to Buenos Aires since 2014, which is going on 5 years now. Of the many things that have stayed with us and continue to inspire us are the examples of the Worker-Recuperated Enterprises. This is not simply because these factories have been...

Forest Exploratorium

So, after a couple of years of planning and preparing, we are now half-way through our very first Sullivan County based Forest Exploratorium for kids! Our eight-week Saturday Forest Play sessions for K-6 have as a recurring theme, ‘The power of myth and the forces of...

I’m no good at maths and never will be . . .

For most of my adult life I’ve been teaching University students who are great at math. Even if they are slow on the uptake about the potential impact of their work on the environment and on others, they are great at sums . . .

Wind inside of wind inside of wind

“Wind inside of wind inside of wind” was how one participant described the ‘visioning soundscape’ exercise during the Critical Conversations around Trust. As ephemeral as that idiom sounds it captured the essence of the entire 3-day experience . . .

Plastic, Bananas, Rice, Roofs, Houses, Exhibition

Over one year ago we wrote a post, Proof of Concept, detailing the replacement of an asbestos toilet block roof with our prototype composite roof made from waste HDPE plastic reinforced with rice husks . . .


Our community

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 …

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