Recyclable homes made from loofah and corn husks

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Necessity is the mother of invention, as they say, and it's also widespread in Paraguay, where some 300,000 families lack adequate housing. Motivated by that fact--and by the severe deforestation that has been wrought upon the land--a local Paraguayan activist has devised a way to create recyclable housing materials without using wood. Social activist Elsa Zaldívar has found a way to mix loofah, the cucumberlike vegetable that gets dried into a scratchy sponge for use in bathing, along with corn and palm husks into a soup of melted, recycled plastics to form strong, lightweight panels suitable for use in houses…

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