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Philippine recyclers turn plastic into shelters

This shelter is made entirely

out of upcycled plastic

Location: Manila, Philippines

One group is trying to tackle

a soaring plastic waste crisis

PLASTIC FLAMINGO MARKETING ASSOCIATE, ALLISON TAN, SAYING:

"Our core mission is to tackle marine plastic pollution by collecting and recycling plastic waste into recyclable products."

They create a building material

from plastic called eco-lumber

PLASTIC FLAMINGO CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER, ERICA REYES, SAYING:

"Eco-lumber is 100 percent upcycled material, 100 percent made out of plastic waste materials and we also include some additives and colorants and this is rot-free, maintenance-free, splinter-free."

About 80% of ocean plastic

comes from rivers in Asia

The Philippines contributes

a third of that total

Organizers hope to sustainably

rebuild homes destroyed by typhoons

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