These are the kind of stuff that people need to do to protect our environment. We should appreciate this man for reducing plastic waste and using the garbage for something useful and meaningful. Winchester Lemen, a mechanical engineer from Davao City, Philippines is the man behind this project.
He runs Envirotech Waste Recycling, collects plastic waste and turns them into beautiful school chairs for students.
One of the persons who visited his facility was impressed with what Lemen was doing and immediately ordered 200 chairs.
Lemen said in an interview: “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.”
Soon, other local government officials and several companies started to contact Lemen in order to distribute more of these environment-friendly chairs to different public schools.
And then he joined hands with entrepreneur/environmentalist Derrick Tan in 2017 to start Winder Recycling Company.
According to Lemen: “This is a partnership that helps create jobs, helps with reforestation and solves the problem of plastic waste.”
With the help of this project, they are helping to resolve a major problem in the Philippine education system.
“We have a huge backlog of 1.7 million school chairs in our country. One of our objectives is to reduce the gap. The chairs can be used for a very long time, so we do not have to change them every year as was practiced in the past.”
The plastic wastes like plastic bags, candy wrappers, drinking straws, food packaging, and others are shredded, cleaned, melted, and then moulded before they take the shape of chairs.
“Our chairs are very sturdy,” boasted Lemen. “The material is also fire retardant, has low lead content and zero mercury content.”
He pointed out that: “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.”
A great job, indeed. Let’s hope that many others take such measures and reduce the environmental damage in the world.