Philippines takes office recycling to another level

May 1st, 2013 Category: Building Management

A new building has been opened in the Philippines which is powered entirely by solar energy and built from recycled plastic bottles, the Guardian has reported.  

The environment has become a key concern in workplaces around the world, with recycling bins now a common part of the office space as companies and their staff look to reduce their carbon footprint. Interestingly, cleaning services is something that is often overlooked in this regard, but using environmentally friendly materials can arguably have just as much of an effect as recycling.

A new building in the Philippines has taken this ‘green’ ethos to another level, constructing an entire structure from 1,600 plastic vegetable crates contain reused plastic bottles. The so-called Solar Revolution Pavilion is a 200 sq metre, six-metre high building that will eventually become a used as a school library, creating a virtuous green legacy by educating local children on the impact buildings can have on the environment.

Environmentalist David de Rothschild, who journeyed across the Pacific on a boat made from plastic bottles in 2010, said at the building's unveiling in Manila's Luneta Park: "This is a living example of how you can take food, shelter, water and energy using existing resources that people often disregard as wasteful and actually turn them into something that is useful, and beneficial and can create a quality of life."

Filipino Ilac Diaz has created My Shelter Foundation in a similar vein, transforming plastic bottles into sunlight-powered bulbs for 120,000 homes as part of a Liter of Light project. The Filipino national helped open the new building, saying that education is key to the whole process of being socially entrepreneurial.

“The world has been too much about expensive technologies that are imported and brought in off-the-shelf. We want people to be able to come out of that pavilion knowing how to build these technologies themselves,” he added.