Plastic thatching creates local jobs and helps tackle mountains of waste.

Many people in the developing world opt for thatched roofs, a time-proven method that is extremely durable and acts as a natural cooling system. The only problem is that excessive cultivation has made these grasses harder to come by, which is why many people opt for materials such as corrugated tin instead. By comparison, they trap huge amounts of heat, and are unsustainable during heavy rains. Thankfully, Dr. David Saiia, a professor of strategic economics and sustainability at Duquesne University has come up with an alternate solution.

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