June 18, 2018 4:13 pm Published by 3 Comments


Before starting with today's topic, we must remember how important our planet and the impact on the following three words reduce, reuse and recycle.

Now to get down, we know that recycling is a commitment to our planet, It is also a process by which we can help reduce pollution and accumulation of garbage, But do we really know is? And what does all its symbolism?.

What is recycling?

Textually recycling is to turn waste into new products and reduce consumption of new raw materials affecting the ecosystem. While this is true we must go beyond, recycling is: Opportunity to change our habits, It is the responsibility of your environment and ecosystem, is life because caring nature, It is time that lengthens the life of the planet and future because it gives opportunity to new generations.

Recycling Symbols

The origin of these symbols comes from recycling 1970, when the first one was created with a triangle (based on the symbol Möbius). This international symbol contains 3 arrow, they mean 3 steps of the recycling process: collection, very process of recycling and buying these products and recycled.
The call Möbius Loop, It has two versions. Which it includes the percentage symbol, It refers to the percentage of recycled material containing the residue. If the figure is the Mobious is within a circle, It means that part of the product or packaging materials were recycled.

Another of the most international symbols, is the Green point, created in 1991 in Germany and was also adopted by other EU countries. In 1994, Member States decided to make it the mark for the European Directive on Packaging and Packaging Waste.

Tidyman It is the symbol that motivates the user to be responsible, and to deposit the waste in the right place for it.

Waste paper can come with its own symbol, but also with the triangle Möbius Loop. Recycle waste paper is essential if we want to protect the environment and prevent deforestation, by recycling and buying recycled paper products, contribute to this.

With this symbol, it is explained to the consumer is important to deposit the glass container in the container indicated so that it can be recycled. The glass has an unlimited recycled, and if it is not recycled can remain 4000 years without disappearing, although its components are natural materials which is less polluting than the waste plastics.

The symbols found in plastic containers, They are numbered 1 al 7. He 1, is the most common and easily recyclable, but be careful when found in water bottles, as it emits toxic if it is filled several times, something little known by the consumer. further, recycling is limited.

The numbers 1, 3 (the famous PVC), 6 Y 7 They can be also toxic. He 7, the rest is plastics uncatalogued, as DVD's, Sunglasses, PC´s, etc. It is worth knowing that, for example, he 3 and the 7 They are forbidden to make baby bottles and other baby products.
He 2, 4 Y 5 They are the safest plastics.

electronic waste

For recycling electronic waste such as batteries, batteries ... and separate collection of batteries, You have to follow the sign indicating that they are recyclable and place them in clean points or collection areas indicate.


Their containers are red and here products are deposited as aerosol sprays, insecticides, used accepted ... those considered waste of certain dangerous.


Acts in the present thinking ahead.

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May 29, 2018 3:53 pm Published by 2 Comments


When we talk about sustainability it is believed to help the planet we must change our habits and lifestyles, this is something that has long held us to take effective action in helping the environment, It is why the definition of sustainability should not be linked to changes in life, but rather to changes in how to do things everyday.

The current concept of sustainability first appeared in the Brundtland report in 1987 also called our common future, This paper prepared for United Nations warned for the first time about the negative environmental consequences of economic development and globalization trying to offer solutions to the problems arising from industrialization and population growth, decades later is to ensure sustainability present needs, without compromising future generations, how? without giving up any of the three essential pillars: Environmental protection, social development and economic growth.

Sustainability is to assume that nature and the environment are not an inexhaustible resource protection and rational use being necessary, Sustainability is seeking to promote social development cohesion between communities and cultures to achieve satisfactory levels of quality of life, health and education. Third is to promote sustainable economic growth that generates wealth equitably to all without harming the environment.

Currently many of the challenges that human beings face such as climate change or water scarcity can only be solved from a global perspective and promoting sustainable development, Now that you know what is sustainability remember act in the present thinking of the future.


Hermes Bolaños Jesus Cruz

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November 17, 2016 10:41 pm Published by 56 Comments

Plastic houses, a draft FICIDET

Talking about sustainability is an issue that is still completely unknown in some organizations, Nevertheless, since 1987 UN defined sustainable development as "meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs".


In this sense, sustainability is understood as the balance between three dimensions: environmental, economic and social. That is to say, organizations and society in general must develop sustainable projects that seek to reduce the negative impact on the environment, promoting social development and improving the quality of life of people, without neglecting the economic factor and its sustainability over time, without compromising the enjoyment of future generations.

Such is the case of FICIDET, Foundation for Scientific Research and Technological Development, in compliance with the corporate purpose entrusted by the Cooperative and Retired Public Servants of Colombia "COOPSERP COLOMBIA", currently they are leading the project BRICKARP, which it is to develop plastic houses architectural type based on solid waste recycling plastic.


This research takes more than eight years has conducted 10 prototype house, based on a constructive system that integrates light elements, Modular resistant, which allow quick installations, safe and inexpensive. These houses are characterized by plastic thermo acoustic, earthquake resistant and have more than 500 years degradation. The blocks made from recycled plastic are thermoplastic polyolefins containing high stiffness, high crystallinity, high melting point and excellent chemical resistance. They are light, modular and thanks to its patented design coupled with ease.

FICIDET develop sustainable initiatives inspired by the positive impact achieved in society and the environment. These houses do not require skilled labor for construction, since the assembly resembles a game of "Armo-All" or Lego, do not use cement, housing is earthquake resistant and thermal, that is to say, It is adjusted to temperatures: It does not produce heat, nor excessive cold.


This sustainable project is a clear example of the benefits of recycling solid waste plastic, because it not only makes use of this material to answer a basic need to improve the quality of life of people, but also it reduces "the use of natural resources, toxic materials and emissions of waste and pollutants over the life cycle, so that the needs of future generations are not put at risk " (Sustainability of plastics). The practice of recycling helps to reduce the negative impact on the environment, since "it is estimated that emissions produce a new product from recycled materials, is a 20% less than if they come from new materials ", as reported by the website inforeciclaje.


General Manager Coopserp – Jesus Cruz Bolanos Hermes

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