Earthquake resistant structures made from upcycled plastic materials


Indonesia, located on the Pacific “Ring of Fire,” faces 90% of the world’s earthquakes. These frequent seismic events not only endanger lives and infrastructure but also disrupt access to education for children, as most school buildings lack earthquake resistance.


Following the 2018 earthquakes in Lombok, Indonesia, which impacted over 400 schools and 50,000 children, we developed the Block Schools program, prioritising earthquake resistance and sustainability. Our schools feature lightweight block modules, interlocking like Lego, creating a resilient system. Even during seismic events, these blocks move together to prevent collapses, minimising injury risk. Additionally, they’re non-toxic and meet the standard for 60 minutes of fire resistance, enhancing safety. Block Schools not only offer resilience but also address post-earthquake fears. Families, still shaken by the trauma, are wary of traditional buildings. Our schools provide confidence, offering a secure environment cherished by teachers, students, and parents. 


Indonesia, the world’s second-largest plastic polluter after China, produces 24,500 tonnes of plastic waste daily. With two-thirds of this waste unsorted, recycling efforts face significant hurdles. Consequently, large quantities of plastic end up in landfills or leak into the ocean.


Each block classroom we construct removes 1.8 tonnes of plastic waste. In partnership with Block Solutions Indonesia, we ensure schools are built using recycled plastic waste, locally collected, washed, shredded, and transformed into pellets. This process has a near-zero carbon footprint, aligning with our environmental values. The durable blocks can be easily disassembled and rebuilt, furthering sustainability. Soon, plastic waste education programs will launch at our Block Schools, aiming to change waste habits, promote recycling, and fight plastic pollution for a greener future.


As the earthquakes struck Lombok and schools crumbled, toilets took a significant hit, leaving about 95% of the schools we’re rebuilding in dire need of this essential amenity. Adding urgency to the situation, the toilet-to-student ratio falls below the Indonesian standard of 1 toilet for every 60 male students and 1 for every 40 female students. The inadequate access to clean toilets and proper sanitation facilities becomes a hurdle for students, creating a barrier to their education.


Our solution is as straightforward as it gets – toilets are now part of our Block Schools program. These clean and accessible facilities not only boost children’s motivation, especially girls, to attend school but also enhance their chances of remaining in the education system. With clean toilets, kids experience fewer missed school days due to hygiene-related illnesses, ensuring safe and healthy school environments conducive to focused learning. By introducing Block Toilets, we not only improve the toilet-to-student ratio but also make students feel more at ease, all while contributing to a cleaner environment and reducing our carbon footprint. It’s a triple win for education, hygiene and the planet!

Block Schools target 11 of the 17 UN Global Sustainable Development Goals


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