Plastic is one of the hardest things to be disposed of in our earth. When we hear about a Filipino engineer who utilizes his knowledge to save the environment, we are genuinely impressed.
Winchester Lemen is a mechanical engineer from Davao City, Philippines who runs the Envirotech Waste Recycling and has been running an amazing project that reduces plastic waste while making cool chairs!
What more amazing about it is that this project benefits school children at the same time!
The collected plastic wastes are first being shredded, cleaned, melted, and then molded. The chairs are then assembled, sanded and painted.
They are so cute, you want to sit on them too.
The idea came after someone visited his plant and asked if he could create something from the recycled materials that could benefit school children. After that Lemen started to collect plastic waste from landfills and turn them into colorful chairs for students.
One time Lemen had a chair prototype and the visitor immediately wanted to order as many as 200 chairs.
“Little did I know that he showed the chairs to Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista. After that, they created a ‘Green Fund’ for this particular project,” Lemen told SmartParenting.
Lemen uses candy wrappers, drinking straws, food packaging, and other plastic waste to create beautiful and practical furniture.
“Our chairs are very sturdy. The material is also fire retardant, has low lead content and zero mercury content.”
“We are saving a three-year-old tree, which is used to manufacture school chairs, for every plastic chair that we make using recycled plastic waste,” said Lemen.
Local government officials and several companies have now started to contact Lemen so they can distribute more of these environment-friendly chairs to different public schools. He is now collaborating with entrepreneur-slash-environmentalist Derrick Tan to establish Winder Recycling Company.
Such a smart and useful creation!
Credit: Elite Readers