Manila’s first solar pavilion built out of recycled materials

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By Rouchelle R. Dinglasan/GMANews – Rizal Park now houses Manila’s first solar pavilion made from recycled materials.

Opened last Saturday, My Shelter Foundation explained in a statement that the solar pavilion was built using recycled plastic bottles placed inside plastic crates, which are in turn supported using plastic ties and scaffolding. The foundation spearheaded its construction.

The interior of the pavilion uses a hydroponic design that allows plants to grow without soil, and using only mineral nutrient solutions in water, it read.

A workshop on sustainability and green technology will be held at the solar pavilion from April 20 to June 12 this year, the foundation said.

“Creating sustainable solutions to help ourselves and others around the world is not out of our reach. Flipinos can do it,” said Illac Diaz, founder of My Shelter Foundation.

For his part, world-renowned South African green designer Stephen Lamb, a guest speaker at the launch, noted: “The Solar Pavilion is a great example of combining the needs of people and nature in simple ways and I hope to continue sharing more design ideas to contribute to this campaign of positive change.”

Lamb previously collaborated with Diaz in 2004 for a solar pavilion in China.

After the debut of the pavilion, the non-profit organization also launched its nationwide campaign dubbed as “Green Revolution.” The campaign urged Filipinos to use resources sustainably, and to rethink the way it looks on waste materials.

“We are excited to open the very first Solar Pavilion in the Philippines. 2013 is the 150th birth anniversary of Andres Bonifacio who began a revolution for freedom; the Solar Pavilion celebrates Bonifacio and symbolizes the birth of a new kind of revolution,” Diaz said in the same statement.

My Shelter Foundation was behind the “Liter of Light” project, which began in 2010. The foundation claimed to have brought sustainable light source to more than 28,000 homes in the country, which were mostly located in shantytowns or disaster-prone areas. – KDM, GMA News

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