Enderun Food & Wine Society Spearheads Bottle Drive
To welcome the New Year, the Enderun Food & Wine Society in cooperation with MyShelter Foundation put up a project called ‘The Building Block,’ a bottle drive that aims to utilize used plastic and wine bottles that will be used in the construction of ‘Bottle Schools.’
The project benefits the communities in San Pablo, Laguna who are in need of more buildings for their public schools. Instead of hollow blocks, the bottles, filled with cement, are used as the building blocks of the structure. These are stacked together to create the walls and then cement is poured over to stabilize the building. Beams are also installed to serve as the frame of the construction project.
Starting January 3, EFWS members have started accepting empty bottles for the project. The collected bottles will then be turned over to the foundation for use in their ongoing project sites.
Matthew Lim, President of EFWS, also said that their organization has sent a proposal to the Makati Shangri-La Hotel that will enable EFWS to collect the hotel’s empty bottles for the benefit of the foundation.
“MyShelter Foundation is a non-stock, non-profit organization that aims to create a system of sustainability and reliability through its capability-building and employment generating projects. One of the strengths of the foundation is to find innovative solutions to fight climate change through sustainable, eco-friendly, low-cost, disaster-resistant structures.”
The organization has previously built 25 ‘Earthen Schools’ and developed innovative peanut shelters for peanut farmers and processors. Mr. Illac Diaz, the group’s Founder and Executive Director, took a course in Urban Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is a multi-awarded social entrepreneur.