Plastic waste pollution is a serious issue in Haiti, but IOM and local partners are looking to flip the script. Utilising state-of-the-art upcycling approaches, an IOM project is prototyping methods to turn the plastic waste into durable, sustainable, and resilient construction materials.
In a country which regularly faces hurricanes, earthquakes, and other destructive natural hazards, these materials could be an innovative, inexpensive, and locally-produced option for reconstruction. It could also provide greater protection than traditional building materials - all while helping to clean the natural environment and provide jobs for local engineers and builders.
Plastic waste overruns the beaches and waterfronts in many parts of Haiti, including Cap-Haïtien, shown here.
“Haiti is the land where I was born. I grew up in Haiti. I have witnessed the evolution of consumption patterns in Haiti, in particular the massive use of plastic packaging and its consequences on the environment. However, plastic is an interesting and useful material that offers many advantages. This project provides possibilities for research, innovation, and strategic partnerships.” – Duckencia Fleurival, HaiPlast Recycling
Informal houses run up the hillsides in Port-au-Prince, the capital of Haiti. Many are made of unstable building materials and can be extremely dangerous in the event of earthquakes, hurricanes, or other natural hazards.
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