52% of the entire product is PPE and face mask material and the rest is paper waste, which we have been using in the previous bricks we were manufacturing,” Binish Desai tells The Logical Indian.
Popularly known as the Recycling Man of India, Binish Desai is making green bricks from PPE kits and non-woven masks to help tackle the threat of medical waste accumulating during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“When the lockdown started everyone was talking about how nature heals, but I was kind of environmental scared thinking that the large amount of PPE equipment that was being used was causing a new type of pollution.
Pollution by PPE we have are now aware, “Desai, 27, founder of Eco-Eclectic Technologies from Gujarat, told The Logical Indian.” That made me feel like I had to start working on the most common material for PPE to work – the nonwoven fabric. “he added.
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India produces around 101 tons of biomedical waste per day (MT/day) related to COVID-19, according to a report by the National Green Court’s Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).
Waste of around 609 tons/day generated by the land.
In April, the environmentalist and innovator began collecting used fleece masks from his family in order to examine the material. He experimented with the material in his home laboratory to eventually make the final version of the bricks called the P-. Block 2.
More than half of the bricks are made of crushed PPE and mask material.
52% of the total product is made of PPE and mask material, and the rest is made of waste paper that we used in the previous stones, so these stones are labeled 2.0,” explains Desai. that these bricks are even better than the previous bricks they made and sold.
“One aspect is that the strength has increased. Although the strength has increased, the price remains the same: Rs 2.8 per brick.
The size of the brick is also bigger: 30 x 20 x 10 cm.
Although the previous ones are already better than traditional stones, this is even more advanced and better, ”explains Desai.
Until early 2010, Desai was in the limelight of its innovative P-Block Bricks, which are made from scrap industrial paper and rubber scraps.
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According to Desai, it takes 7 kg of biomedical waste per square foot to make these bricks. To begin the full brick making, the Desais team will place Eco Bins in different locations, e.g. B. in hospitals, police stations, and bus stops. .
“These eco-trash cans collect the PPE and the masks. There is also an indicator on the side that tells us whether the trash can is full or not,” says Desai. Once the container is full, they keep the material isolated for 72 hours according to Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) guidelines before taking it to their facilities.
As soon as we have brought it to our home, we open it in the disinfection chamber, disinfect it and chop it up. Then it is mixed with the binder and our waste paper and shaped into the desired naturally dried shapes. As soon as they are ready, we can start selling the products, ”explains Desai.
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Because they work with medical waste, Desai takes safety precautions very seriously.
“In addition to isolating the material for 72 hours, once it reaches our facilities, it goes through two baths of disinfectant before we touch it.”
The Details team also works with several schools that are working on the disinfection chambers they have developed.
After mixing it with the binder, they will also let it dry for 24 hours. Workers will work in PPE equipment for added safety.
Desai says they will start producing P-Block 2.0 from the second week of September. “We have placed orders for the production of ecological containers.
Due to the COVID-19 situation, there are some delays in the procurement of the containers,” he says. Desai adds that it is also in talks with the local authorities to install the containers in Surat and Valsad.
“We will also be launching subscription boxes in the first week of September, so anyone in India or abroad can order these boxes too. You can pick them up and send them back to us and we will recycle them,” adds Desai.
The stones are just one of more than 150 products that the Desais team has made in the past. These products range from handcrafted home accessories and coffee mugs to environmentally friendly rakis and acoustic panels.
The team has also worked with more than 100 different types of waste such as metal waste, textile waste, coffee waste and paper waste.
As part of their various circular economy projects, they have also collected human hair from salons to make furniture for the same rooms.
Desai recalls his inspiration for venturing into the field: “As a kid, my favorite cartoon was Captain Planet and the Dexters Laboratory. That’s why I always wanted to have my own Dexters Laboratory at home.
That’s one of the reasons why.” I have a laboratory at home that I also work in during childbirth, and that’s where the brick comes from. “Captain Planet was the reason I started innovating when I was 10,” he adds.
Then when Desai was 11 he found chewing gum sticking to his pants when he was in class. He forgot about a piece of paper that he would later throw away, but at the end of the day found that the chewing gum and paper had stuck together and hardened into a block.
In todays scenario when the entire world is facing the pandemic and focusing on sustainable development
these types of invention will be a great help not only for our society but for the entire world