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Gary Bencheghib decided to build his own house out of plastic bags collected in Bali. According to the activist, this project follows the motto “from trash to treasure” and can help victims of natural disasters.
Gary Bencheghib is proof that there are individuals who take activism to another level. The fight against plastic has been going on for a long time, but today it has taken on another form – the form of a house.
The activist uses his Instagram account, @garybencheghibto show his followers the path he has taken from the beginning of his activism against plastic waste to the decision to build what he calls his tiny house.
Throughout this journey, Gary encountered many obstacles, but also found a great deal of motivation, if only by the sheer amount of plastic he found on the streets and in the sea.
The images summarize the work of Bencheghib and the approximately 85 activists that accompany him in the organization he founded, Sungai Watch. Sungai Watch, for the protection of Bali’s rivers. In their mission they show the darker side of the tourist and paradise region of Bali and propose solutions.
After dedicating a large part of his life to removing garbage from nature, the activist began to think of ways to prevent this garbage from reaching rivers, beaches, and forests. He ended up architecting a lightweight, easy-to-transport house composed entirely of plastic trash.
A house made of plastic
The house is about 12 square meters and includes a kitchen, a bathroom, and a king size bed.
The small habitable cubicle is actually composed of 35,000 plastic bags picked up off the coast of Bali. In addition to the spacious bed and the kitchen and bathroom composed of recycled materials, the house has power generated by solar panels. According to video shared by the activist on Instagram, this energy source is more than enough for cooking and for charging electronic devices.
The collected bags have been cleaned and compressed into plastic panels, and the furniture is based on plastic cups and straws.
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Leonor (better known as Nônô) inherited the taste for nature from her paternal grandfather, who used to carry seeds in his pockets to plant them when the time was right. She founded the Environmentalist Nucleus at the University where she graduated, was involved in civil disobedience movements for climate justice, and studied in London where she tasted the best veggie burger she knows to date. She pursued a master’s degree in Political Science and International Relations because it is an area she considers key to create a paradigm for climate justice. She went to Paris to deepen her knowledge in sustainability and later to write a thesis in the same area. Proud of her pots of mint and basil, an avid reader, a fan of afternoons spent around the table, an apologist for simplicity. She suspects she would be happy with a vegetable garden and a profession associated with sustainability and human rights.
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