|Vananh Lee – Co-head of the ReuseEverything Institute shows off
their invention: plastic thatch
Thatched roofs are picturesque, but when people move out of poverty, they upgrade to more durable tin roofs. David Saiia and Vananh Le are pioneering a cool alternative: plastic thatch made from sliced, flattened soda bottles fused into longer strips, built up like traditional thatch but: 1) light filtering, 2) longlasting, 3) quieter and 4) affording better ventilation. Plus they are made from local waste, cleaning up the environment and creating jobs. Wins all around.