Prashant Lingam and Aruna Kappagantul
Bamboo House India (BHI) , a social enterprise , utilizing bamboo as an economic driver for providing sustainable livelihood opportunitiesat the base of the economic pyramid and promoting bamboo as an eco friendly substitute to wood , steel Iron and plastic. BHI was established in the Year 2006 by Prashant Lingam and Aruna Kappagantula,BHI was not a strategically planned venture ,need for a eco friendly furnitureled to the evolution of the enterprise. Our second social enterprise named”RECYCLED INDIA” was established in the year 2015, where the main aimwas to recycle and up cycle urban scrap and waste like plastic, tyres and drumsetc and create livelihoods inunorganized sector in urban areas.
Why did we chose to enter the field of sustainability.
After realizing the immense potential of bamboo where we understood that it can create more than 5 million livelihoods and generates 35 % more oxygen and market potential is more than 26,000 crores and bamboo is being a grass and can reduce burden of trees ,we decided to use this wonder material and when we understood how plastics is damaging our planet and how if wisely used plastic recycling can be used for making building materials and plastic waste can have a second life else it will go to landfills, all this reasons led us into the field of sustainability.
Tell me what interests you most about this specific role.
The very fact that we are supporting mother nature, recycling all waste, especially plastic and creating livelihoods in the process interest us the most and out of box approach and the challenges and confusion involved interest us most.
How would you describe your work process?
For bamboo we work in forest areas with rural and tribal communities and for recycling we work with rag pickers in dump yards, we work in extremely unorganized process with extreme challenges and of course being new to plastics poses us numerous challenges to understand the subject and develop building materials and market the same.
Tell me about a recent challenge you faced while working on a sustainability project. How did you overcome it
The latest project we did was building plastic recycled house, it was a new concept for us different from our bamboo expertise, even for the team building a house with plastic waste was new, apart from challenges at the production level we had tough time convincing the buyer to accept the house, design the house in such a way so that cost does not shoot and aesthetics of the house is also maintained was a tough task, given the fact that we are neither designers nor architects , nor civil engineers threw us all lots of challenges starting were designing to executing but lot of research in Google and extensive designing b the team finally made us succeed in building India’s first recycled plastic house.
what is impact on the society of your work and What are benefits on society from your work
We have created sustainable business models in bamboo housing and trying the same in plastics by introducing recycled plastic building material. We are in the process of building entrepreneurs in the recycling zone and source of motivation for lakhs of younger generations with our work.
We have developed country’s first recycled plastic house in Hyderabad which is creating a new path of using plastic waste and connecting in addressing low cost housing needs of the country.
Project 1 – Bamboo House – Neredmat (Hyderabad)
The Client wanted to build a 750 sft house for his children for their study purpose on his terrace and we gave a bamboo solution , the project costed Rs.10 Lakhs, and has two bedrooms , two bathrooms, one big hall and huge balcony, it took around one month to complete the project . Walls and false ceiling of the house is with 12mm bamboo boards and washroom is with 8mm recycled plastic boards , flooring is with regular ceremic tiles and roofing with PPGL roofing sheets.
Project 2 – Recycled Plastic House – Miyapur (Hyderabad)
This house is at the parking center at Metro Station (Miyapur) clientwas looking at a alternative low cost housing and our idea of building thehouse with plastic waste interested him, The house size is 12 x 12 and has abig frontal balcony od size 12 x 12 . the house has kitchen , bedroom and poojaroom also, the walls , roofing and false ceiling is made with recyclable plasticand nearly 2500 kgs of plastic waste was used to build this house. The house isfire, water, termite , heat and borer proof.
by- Prashant Lingam and Aruna Kappagantula