IIT Students Design Eco-Friendly Toilets For Homes
It's been over two years since India launched its largest ever cleanliness drive, the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. The central government, which is aiming towards Open-Defecation Free (ODF) India by October 2, 2019, recently declared three states as Open-Defecation Free covering over one lakh villages, 450 cities and 77 districts.
While the government is diligently tackling challenges and focusing on changing mindset barriers of the community, a group of 13 students from IIT Madras have designed an environment-friendly toilet using discarded PET bottles.
This is not only a smart initiative in support of the government's sanitation programmes but also a brilliant way to reduce and recycle plastic waste, which is the biggest cause of land pollution.
MakaanIQ tells you everything you need to know about the project:
The basic idea of the project involves using PolyEthylene Terephthalate (PET) bottles instead of bricks for the construction of toilets. Little water is poured into the bottle and drained. It is then filled with savudu sand (aquifer sand) that gives it the rigidity and strength like that of a brick.
- SNYK a social campaign and the collective force behind the project aims to implement the project across several rural areas including Bandikavanoor Village near Thirunindravur in Tiruvallur district.
- The students also built a bench with PET bottles on the IIT-M campus last month as a test for the construction model.
Benefits of the project
- The initiative will be a significant step in tackling plastic waste by recycling 100 per cent of plastic products which are dumped into landfills.
- A unique characteristic of this PET-based model is that anything which is built on this formula can resist damage for 10 years.
- The method proves to be cost effective and ensures faster construction of toilets.