A group of recyclers in the Philippines is turning bottles, single-use sachets and snack food wrappers that clog rivers and spoil beaches into building materials. The Plastic Flamingo, or "The Plaf", collects the waste, shreds it and then molds it into posts and planks called "eco-lumber" for fencing, decking or even disaster-relief shelters. The Plaf, which has collected over 100 tons of plastic waste to date, gives people an alternative to dumping plastic waste into landfills or oceans, by upcycling it into better products. The group says it is in talks with other non-government organization to help rebuild houses destroyed by typhoons.

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