Realizing that there is a lack of public parks and playing area for children, five architecture graduates from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur have decided to build play areas for children using scrap tyres.
The graduates are currently part of Anthill Creations based in Bangalore and have been working to develop the park for the past one year. All the material used to set up the playground is trash and the total cost will turn out to be Rs.20,000. This will save a lot of money that is otherwise wasted in using mass produced recreational equipment that takes up the budget to lakhs of rupees.
The co-founder of Anthill Creations, Souradeep Paul came up with the idea of building a sustainable playground for children at the same time interning under an architect in Morocco. Working with recycled items was his objective.
After reading reports on how more than 981 million tyres are either burnt or piled up in landfills every year, he came up with an idea to reuse them. This way these non-biodegradable materials will be productive and there will be a little less environmental pollution.
The team successfully built its first low-cost playground at the Disha Seema Care Centre, IIT-KGP Campus in 2013. Michelin tyres was their first source of old tyres. The team also received funding from the alumni who were impressed with the recycling approach of construction.
The team also visited various garages, godowns and other such places for collecting scrap tyres. Anthill Creations has now collaborated with various NGOs that work for underprivileged children to help them create similar tyre playgrounds and spread awareness about recycling.