The EPA estimates that between 500 billion and 1 trillion plastic grocery bags are used globally.
The average bag is used for just 12 minutes, but lasts thousands of years. Plastic bags have been found to be a very dangerous threat to countless species of marine life, as they pose a choking hazard.
At the same time, in much of the developing world, school furniture (desks and chairs) are limited at best. Many children still sit on the floor to learn, while others are lucky to share a desk with up to 10 students.
These conditions make focusing and engagement hard, because the students are hunched over or too crowded by others to read and write properly.
The Bag Board Desk recycles bags into a durable material that's perfect for school furniture, reducing pollution while improving learning environments for children!
Each plank of bag board is composed of around 500 recycled plastic grocery bags.
First, the bags are layered and compressed, while heating in a special oven designed by Full Belly.
The plank is then cooled and rebar is used to form the legs of the desk, while the 2 planks form the writing surface and seat of the desk.
The Bag Board building material is versatile and sturdy, and can be used for other purposes, if requested. We have not distributed this design as of yet, but we are looking for partners to work with on this project.