Mendez builds homes using Discarded Plastic

Mendez builds homes using Discarded Plastic

‘Cauca project’ in Colombia developed with recycled plastic components by Concepts Plastics

Colombian architect Oscar Mendez is building homes for the homeless, using discarded plastic. 

We give credits to the guy who came up with this invention. He is helping so many people and families.

Let’s ensure this solution spreads all around the world. Not just for homeless, he can sell it for sheds, storage, parking garage etc… Great idea!!!

Views on Facebook, as of posting, have soared to over 19 million and shares have gone up to 362K — and quickly rising by the minute.

Watch this and you’ll understand why:


Plastics and rubbers

Oscar Mendez brings new meanings of wasted plastics & rubbers to be home for the homeless. 46% of North Americans People are homeless. He find a creative solution for tonnes of wasted plastics and rubbers.
They’re processed and molded it into “LEGO-BRICKS” to be assembled into one unity as home. He and his team bring positive changes for people and environment at the same time.

“We are creating economic value from plastics that have no market. They are contaminated plastics, but now with a market after being recycled.”

The idea came from musician Fernando Llanos and was later adopted by architect Oscar Mendez, who through several years of research managed to develop bricks from processing all types of used plastics.

Triple impacts

This is an initiative of triple impacts: economic impact, environmental impact and social impact. Now the invention has started to benefit thousands of homeless, who are having their own housed built mainly in suburbs with the special chunks.

The housing deficit in Latin America is tremendous. 40% percent of people in Africa, Asia and Latin America do not own a home. One in seven people in the world lives in extreme poverty. Then Mendez wanted to improve this situation by offering houses.

With wide use of the new building components, Colombia also expects to downsize contamination caused by thrown-away plastics.

Recycle and ReUse

“On the environmental side, only in Bogota 6,300 tons of waste is thrown into the landfill is (each year), of which approximately 12%, or 750 tons, are plastics. Only 100 tons are recycled. We are recycling more of them to build hundreds of houses (for displace people).”


Concept Plastics
Oscar Mendez

Ph. (+57) 300 566 7817



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5 Responses to Mendez builds homes using Discarded Plastic

  1. Sue says:

    Fantastic man to invent a way to recycle plastic and provide inexpensive housing too.. His company is needed worldwide and especially in America. He deserves a special award for this work, great job!

  2. Engr Ojiego Marcel chuks says:

    I am greatly impressed by this unbelievable discovery by Mr oscar Mendez and am hoping to meet with him some day to discuss on how to set up such plastic recycling factory in my state in Nigeria, and some part of Northern African cities were people still living in mood houses,
    I am a low cost housing developer in my country and am working towards visiting Colombia this year to see your recycling factory and discuss businesses too

  3. Anonymous says:

    What happens to these houses in an earthquake? What happens in a fire? Molten plastic dropping like hot lava on your body?

  4. Jacob says:

    A more economical and ergonomic way of producing plastic blocks is possible. This is a formwork that can be filled with sand. Thus, 5 times less plastic is spent and the house becomes more fire resistant.
    Details can be found here.
    This innovation is at the patenting stage. I will be glad to patent it together with interested persons who have corresponding interests and possibilities.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Am Henock kassahun form Ethiopia (EST AFRICA). really interesting this project, I am planning to do this . aggregate—consisting if you can detail. thank you !

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