Udaipur Engineering Students Recycle Waste Into Water-resistant Eco-Bricks
What if you can get rid of waste and get eco-friendly building material in return? A group of students of Udaipur’s Techno India NJR Institute of Technology have invented “Wricks” – bricks made of waste – in an attempt to change the campus waste into something useful.
India is the second-largest producer of bricks in the world. But the production of the same, especially that of the conventional clay bricks, has many adverse effects on the environment, such as the consumption of vast proportions of high-quality soil, air pollution and soil erosion.
The scale of impact of using low-cost, light-weight and earthquake-proof wricks over red bricks is massive – making 10 lakh wricks will help recycle about 2,50,000 kg of waste materials. Wricks also tackle a problem specific to Udaipur— the disposal of marble dust and slurry, which has destroyed several water bodies in the area.
Owing to the enormous potential of the product, the group has won various accolades, and have also received a funding of around 35 lakhs from private organisations as well as the Rajasthan government and IIT Madras for further research and development.
This innovation could potentially revolutionise the construction sector in India by bringing the cost of individual brick (₹6-8) down to ₹4. Hats off to the brilliant students for their eco-friendly initiative!
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