Your Cold Drink Bottle Is A Brick: Doon School Boys Show And Tell

Doon School Student Low Cost House Plastic Bottles Dehradun
The first house was built in Katta Pathar in Dehra Dun, with a school teacher mentoring them.
Highlights
  • Four Doon School boys make a house out of plastic bottles
  • Such a house can cost around Rs 55,000, a fraction of normal cost
  • The houses will be cool and durable, say masons who helped

DEHRADUN: 4000 plastic bottles filled with sand, held together with a mud-mortar mix, a roof of asbestos, and doors and pre-fabricated windows of iron: That’s PLASTECH – houses for the poor built by four boys from Dehradun’s Doon school.

“If we have more of these houses, we can help remove waste plastic from environment,” says 16-year-old Jayadityavir Singh, whose brainchild this project is.

Doon School Student Low Cost House Plastic Bottles Dehradun
One of the boys from the Doon School helps build the walls.

There are in fact four houses, standing in Rajasthan’s Ganganagar district in village Chak — on Jayadityavir’s father’s farm.

The houses, he said, will be cost effective too – each costing around Rs 55,000, which is 825 dollars – a fraction of what it would cost to build a brick house.

Jayadtiyavir says he came upon this idea while doing some research for school and he found that a similar house had been built in South America. He decided to give it a try here.

Doon School Student Low Cost House Plastic Bottles Dehradun
One house uses approximately 4000 bottles. Each bottle is of 2 liters capacity.

After planning the project, he and his three friends – Varun Sehgal, Jaiveer Puri and Ishan Vaish approached an architect to help with final plans and drawings. But it was Varun who hit upon the idea of fitting the houses with solar lights.

The first house was built in Katta Pathar in Dehra Dun, with a school teacher mentoring them.

Local masons like Angrez Singh, who helped the boys in the project, said, “At first we thought something like this was not possible, but now you can see we have made four houses and these can be used by poor people.”

The houses, he says will last, and they will be cool, since they the bottles provide great thermal insulation.

Jayadityavir has been recognised as the brand ambassador of the project by Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje.

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