Plastic waste has become a growing issue in today’s world and our country plays a major contributing role in plastic pollution on a global scale. Plastic objects, in its different forms, are used extensively in our daily lives. Sri Lanka annually imports 9600 tons of raw plastic, out of which only 70% is being made use of and only 40% gets recycled.
The lack of awareness among the citizens proves to be the main point of concern in the destructive usage, disposal, and collection of non-perishable materials. Large amounts of plastic end up on roadsides, water bodies and other landscapes causing damage to not only the environment but to the health of humans and other life forms.
As concerned individuals, the Year 2 students of City School of Architecture have decided to address this issue on a public platform by designing an upcycled pavilion at the SLIA Annual Architects Exhibition held at BMICH. The finalized pavilion was presented to the public from the 21st to the 24th February 2019 in hopes of creating awareness and a more positive public approach to the usage and disposal of plastic.
The pavilion was constructed using 30,000 discarded plastic bottles obtained through the support of leading hotels and beverage companies. The unconventional initiative to use plastic bottles as a structural element gained wide public appraisal. The hard work of the students guided by the year coordinators, Archt. Gayan Herath and Archt. Nandaka Jayasinghe, allowed a successful display of the sustainable recycling possibilities in the field of architecture.
Upon dismantling the structure, all the bottles used were taken to the recycling plant run by the "GIVE BACK LIFE" organization in partnership with the popular beverage and recycling company.
The ultimate goal of the students with this project was to encourage the responsible use and disposal of plastic waste and to highlight the scope of such materials in order to reduce the negative impact created on the environment.