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Young inventor of eco-friendly bricks comes full circle

Produced by his company BDream, these P-blocks are cost-effective, as well as durable, making them incredibly utilitarian raw material. Now 23 years old, Binish designed the first prototype of these bricks at the age of 11. He was a student of class 6 when he found a chewing gum stuck to his pants. Since he was in the classroom, he took a piece of paper, wrapped the gum in it, and put it in his pocket to throw away later. He forgot about it after the class and when he did remember at the end of the day, he found the gum and paper glued together and hardened into a thick tough block. This gave him the idea of designing a brick using chewing gum and paper. Later, he kept experimenting with the idea and replaced the chewing gum with a better organic binder and refined the process. It took a lot of effort to convince industrialists to give away the paper sludge, but once Binish did manage to convince them, there was no stopping him.

dream collaborates with companies and takes up projects for the construction of toilets in rural areas, under corporate social responsibility initiatives. Coming from a family of social workers, Binish has always had a strong desire to help others. This is why he expanded his business from merely creating the bricks to building eco-friendly BDream Shauchalayas in rural areas. The cost for one toilet ranges from ₹9,000 to ₹30,000 depending on its area, and even that cost is often subsidized through CSR funds. The company has completed constructing over 1,000 toilets in rural areas across Gujarat, Pali in Maharashtra, and Hyderabad too. Over 400 tonnes of waste from the paper industry has been recycled by BDream so far, according to Binish. The bricks are made by the hand press method, using paper sludge. Conventionally, this sludge has no other use and is sold by paper mills for landfill use. The key ingredient of P-Blocks comes from the specially formulated gum base, which binds together the brick and offers it its high durability.

Binish has also designed a course for students on waste recycling. He conducts sessions in local schools and colleges, encouraging students to take up various waste management issues and find solutions. One of his students is currently trying to use human hair waste to create fabrics. Though it is a school-level project, Binish believes that such efforts can leave a huge impact on the future generation. He is also planning a research facility for grassroots innovators. Binish also works as a consultant for developing technologies to recycle different kinds of industrial waste and offers those to start-ups for execution. He has designed products like artificial wood made from waste like a textile waste, paper waste and plastic waste, and paver blocks crafted from metal, construction, and demolition waste.

(Text Source: The Better India)

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