Pallets, Tires, Garbage Bags and Plastic Drums Turned into Lovely Playground in Niamey : TreeHugger

Some Americans of my generation may remember playing on playgrounds that featured a lot of old railroad ties and tires. This was a great example of reuse which, today, doesn’t exist, due to various issues (safety concerns, liability issues, simple fashion in playground design, etc.). But hopefully, as we see in this post from Paula Alvorado, we can bring these back, like Spanish collective Basurama is doing across the globe. This video shows a project in Niamey, Niger, where Basurama recently completed a playground built out of shipping palettes, tires, water jugs, and plastic bags. I think most Americans would scoff at doing something like this when we have the money to build our injection molded plastic parks, but the Niamey method kills two birds with one stone. It builds a nice park in an affordable way, while keeping materials out of a landfill and using them in a productive way.


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