MQDC and the Research & Innovation for Sustainability Center (RISC) gave talks and presented several 'upcycling' innovations developed with partners including PTT Global Chemical (GC) and Carpet Maker (Thailand).
'Upcycling' is a form of recycling that enhances the value of used items and materials.
"We know that the construction of a building requires a massive amount of resources, and at the same time produces a large quantity of waste," said MQDC CEO Mr. Visit Malaisirirat.
"MQDC started to work with partners to develop innovative upcycled materials for different uses in our projects. Some of them are paving blocks and road paving slabs, which are made from discarded plastics and with a weight-bearing capacity and durability equivalent to that of today's typical paving bricks or blocks. It is the first time in Thailand for the property development sector to employ upcycled materials in construction projects."
'Upcycling for a Better World 2019' introduced the world's first hand-woven carpet made from ocean plastic bottles. Carpet Maker (Thailand) made the carpet after meeting with RISC's Chief Advisor, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Singh Intrachooto, said the company's founder, Mr. Soonthorn Kraitrakul.
"After a discussion with Dr. Singh, RISC saw an opportunity for me to take part in solving the environmental problem," said Mr. Kraitrakul.
"Carpet Maker has developed a hand-woven carpet collection made of fabrics from discarded plastics from the sea. The qualities of these carpets are superior to others in the market. Once introduced, the collection will be a favorite choice for conscious consumers who are looking for household items that truly reflect the need for environmental preservation."
The eco-conscious film star Alex Rendell attended the launch, mentioning his experience of plastic waste as the founder of Environmental Education Centre Thailand (EEC Thailand).
"Thailand is ranked among the top 10 countries in the world for generating sea waste," he said.
"Most of these are single-use plastics that inevitably endanger the lives of sea animals. This situation signals the ongoing destruction of ecosystems by humans, and as a result, gives us the urge to preserve and protect them in the long run rather than taking short-term actions."
The carpet and other upcycling innovations are on display on 13-19 September at the Helix Garden, 5th floor of the EmQuartier, Bangkok.
To discover more about RISC's work in sustainability and upcycling, please visit www.risc.in.th