Industrial waste to build affordable toilets!


A social entrepreneur from Gujarat is in the news for supporting India’s ambitious ‘Swachh Bharat’ mission in a unique way. The entrepreneur has built around 1,000 toilets across the country, benefiting as many as 3,000 people. The ‘Swachh Bharat’ mission is likely to end the country’s open defecation menace by 2019.

Interestingly, these toilets have been built by using industrial waste material, converted into P-block bricks by BDream. These P-block bricks are made out of waste generated from paper mill that can be used in building toilets as well as maintenance-free roads. At present, through this innovative patented design and method, BDream has recycled more than 400 tonne of industrial waste.

P-blocks are not only eco-friendly but also cost effective, pest resistant, fire retardant, suitable for earthquake-prone regions, and have a higher strength. What’s more! It can be used as an alternate to wood, cement and concrete.

P-bricks are made by the hand press method, using only paper muck. Usually, such sludge has no other use and is sold by paper mills for landfill use. Meanwhile, the key recipe in making P-bricks comes from the specially formulated gum base using the industrial waste, which then binds the brick together and give high durability.