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See How These Pinoys Turn Plastic Waste Into Plastic Chairs

Davao City

Ida Damo
Ida Damo | Sep 17, 2018
See How These Pinoys Turn Plastic Waste Into Plastic Chairs
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With the ever looming problem of the world turning into a big trash can, “remedies and solutions” have been suggested.  There have been suctions placed in the oceans to siphon off the waste and blocks of plastic mixed with other materials to build homes just to lessen the plastic problem.

We see videos of the plastic pollution and solution from other countries and yet failed to acknowledge that there is one plant in Davao City that has been doing us a great service of turning plastic waste into 100 percent plastic armchairs for schools.

Get a hold of the statistics: 
    1 armchair     = 10,000 candy wrappers
                          = 2,156 sando bags
                          = 300 water bottles
                          = One 3-year old tree.

Imagine that?! We no longer have to cut trees to make school chairs but plant trees instead.  We no longer see plastic that pollute our waters and waterways and save our marine life from suffocating.  We no longer have to create landfills that poison our ground water.  All we need is to collect the plastic and recycle them through the help of Winder Recycling Company.

Every 30 kilograms of raw material of mixed soft plastic can be turned into a 13-kilogram chair.  Each chair has a 20-year warranty and they would replace broken parts.

If that is the case, how many trees can we save?

You may wonder if the chairs are environmentally friendly provided that it is made from plastic and if the process of making the chairs is safe.

One painted chair has a lead content of 49ppm against the allowable 150 ppm (US Standard) and no trace of mercury.  The manufacturing plant adheres to the sustainable and environment-friendly technology of DENR and DOST and emits less than 1% dioxine in its fumes when the plastics go through the entire process of collection, washing, drying, extrusion or melting, moulding, cooling, trimming up to assembly and painting. 

Gilbert Lemen, Winder Recycling Company's General Manager

Since the parts are interlocking, it means there would be no use for nails just toks that holds the chair together. The toks are also manufactured in the plant and eliminates the use of adhesives.  It would also mean that if one interlocking part is broken, there would be no need to replace the whole thing, just the broken part.  Assembly would also be easy.

From armchairs, they now also produce a set of small “nursery” chairs and tables, desks, and tables that are brightly painted in different colors.  If you order in bulk, you can customize your design to fit your need.

Winder Recyling Company is into forging partnerships with local government units (LGU) and communities to replicate the recycling plant.  In this way, communities would be able to manage waste and produce their own chairs for their schools.  It would also mean more jobs and income for the community.

As of September 2018, one chair would cost PhP1700 compared to a wooden chair at PhP1050 or a monobloc at PhP1500.  With the difference in price, what you would get though is a 20-year warranty, zero plastic waste, lower carbon footprint, and a new forest because we no longer have to cut trees. 

Next project: pre-fab 28 square-meter houses.

Winchester O. Lemen, Winder Reccyling Company's Brains

Winder Recyling Company is a brainchild of Winchester O. Lemen who is a Mechanical Engineer.  He used to create environment friendly machines and things with his father who was a Chemical Engineer and has served as an inspiration for his works.

Way to go, Winder Recycling Company!

How to get there:
Major airlines fly daily to Davao from Manila and Cebu.
Winder Recyling Company’s plant in K. 11, Sasa, Davao City is just 10-15 minutes from the Francisco Bangoy International Airport.
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