In light of the cleanup of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, it’s important to recognize the small differences happening all across the globe. A group of women in West Africa, known as “The Fighting Women,” have been working with a company in Columbia to recycle plastic – picked up off the street – into building bricks. Those bricks in turn have been used to build schools. A factory scheduled to be built in the fall is preparing to make the bricks locally which means this project is just getting started.
There are many benefits to what these woman are doing. To name a few:
They are cleaning up their corner of the world, they are building schools for an area where the classrooms are grossly overpopulated (some nearly 90 students per classroom), and the classrooms themselves “could last practically forever,” says from the New York Times.
This is no minor feat that these women are pulling off. With their own time and their own hands, they begin every morning by picking up plastic. The necessity to clean up plastic is now not only fueled by the damage it causes to the environment, but also the production of these bricks. It is a self fulfilling process with altruism at its core.