WASTE FOR LIFE

BASURA POR VIDA

STANDING PEOPLE TOGETHER

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 . . .

 

RECENT PROJECTS

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

RECENT STORIES

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 . . .

Trust: a conversation

Standing People Together – WFL’s newest program – and Build UP are hosting a 3-day event, June 14th-16th. “Working with community: Critical conversations about trust”, bubbled up as a topic at the January 2018 Engineering, Social Justice and Peace conference in San Diego . . .

SOCIAL CONNECT

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 those technologies . . .

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As Ashokline Thayalan continues to improve the fire retardancy of our waste plastic/natural fibre roofing tiles in his laboratory at Jaffna University, we have some exciting news coming to us from our US project, Standing People Together: we've partnered with Sullivan West Elementary School's PTSO to offer Autumn 2019 and Spring 2020 after-school forest exploratorium sessions for grades 1-3, and will continue Saturday sessions at Cala Munda this fall as well. Funding for the Autumn after-school program has just been awarded to us by Healthy Community Initiatives Grant from Sullivan Renaissance in recognition of the holistic health benefits our forest exploratorium offers local school children. ... See MoreSee Less

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