Waste for Life is built on partnerships

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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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

4 years ago

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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6 years ago

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