No doubt the manufacture and widespread use of plastics has caused innumerable problems. Our drainage systems, our water courses are being clogged with wrappers, shopping bags and what not. But is the answer, an outright ban on them?
Let’s admit that plastics have made life cheaper and simpler. To put an outright ban on them is not only impossible but counter productive as well. The answer to plastic pollution may be found in RESEARCH and RECYCLING!
Certainly, some recycling of plastic waste was started from the time plastics were first introduced. However, with the passage of time a plethora of plastic waste came up which could not be easily recycled.
This problem was solved on 14th January 2018 at an open exhibition held at the Karachi Press Club where each and every kind of hitherto non recyclable plastic waste like Metallic film (wrappers in common parlance) and Thermopole waste were shown reused in a brand new technology called Chandi Technology.
Chandi Technology is comparable to the mobile technology which allows the user access to various services by the mere pressing of different buttons. However, the functions and services of the Chandi Technology are many more and all encompassing i.e modular. A Chandi building can be transformed into a water reservoir, beds, tables, chairs and vice versa in no time. Now we can think in terms of putting up high tech mobile shops, mobile universities, mobile factories etc, overnight!
The entire exercise of producing and marketing of the Chandi technology will result in all kinds of plastic waste being carefully collected and reused as essential raw material for quality goods. This will ensure that non bio degradable waste is: a) not burnt b) nor thrown into drains and water courses.
IDEALLY, THIS WILL RETURN MOTHER EARTH TO HER PRISTINE STATE!
The Chandi Technology apart from being the solution to plastic pollution is in fact a gift of the Almighty for the entire world just as he gifted the mobile phone and many other inventions to us.
Based on the premise that the Quran and Sunnat give solutions to all problems let us try to solve the seemingly intractable problem of plastic waste pollution.
The Quran says “O you who believe, make not unlawful the good things which Allah has made lawful for you. But commit no excess for Allah loves not those given to excess.”
Islam advocates the middle path. Just as it condemns profligacy and extravagance, it also discourages abstinence from worldly matters. In effect Islam is against all kinds of extremism.
Now let us apply this principle to the movement against plastics. No doubt the manufacture and widespread use of plastics has caused innumerable problems. Our drainage systems, our water courses are being clogged with wrappers, shopping bags and what not. But is the answer an outright ban on them?
Everyone knows that plastics have made life cheaper and simpler. To put an outright ban on them is not only impossible but would be counter productive as well. The answer to plastic pollution may be found in research, reuse and recycling.
Certainly, recycling of plastic waste was started right from the beginning, however with the passage of time a plethora of plastic waste came up which could not be easily recycled.
This problem was solved on 14th January 2018 at an open exhibition held at the Karachi Press Club where each and every kind of hitherto non recyclable plastic waste like metallic film (wrappers in common parlance) and Thermopole waste were shown reused in a brand new technology called Chandi Technology. Chandi Technology is comparable to the mobile technology which allows the user access to various services by the mere pressing of different buttons. However, the functions and services of the Chandi Technology are many more and all encompassing i.e modular. A Chandi building can be transformed into a water reservoir, bed tables chairs and vice versa in no time. Now we can think in terms of putting up high tech mobile shops, mobile universities, mobile factories etc,overnight!
The entire exercise of producing and marketing of this technology will result in all kinds of plastic waste being carefully collected and reused as essential raw material for quality goods. This will ensure that non bio degradable waste is: a) not burnt b) nor thrown into drains and water courses. Ideally, this will return mother earth to its pristine state.
The Chandi Technology is in fact a gift of the almighty for the entire world just as he gifted the mobile phone and many other inventions to us. In fact every invention is a testimony to the living presence of the Almighty who trains his beings into making the most fascinating products that people in the past could only dream of.
In olden times the Almighty used to show his presence through miracles sent to prophets. However, since no prophet is to come after the Holy Prophet Muhammad, the Almighty it seems is sending all kinds of miracles and signs through modern day discoveries and innovations.
Recently, Gul Bahao, in collaboration with the Dept. of Developmental Studies NED University held a one day event “Saving the World with Chandi Technology at Karachi Press Club.” – an exhibition of the organizations research products made from waste material.The exhibition was jointly sponsored by well known philanthropist Sardar Yasin Malik,Hamdard Foundation,and well known t.v artist Sarwat Gillani.A detailed discussion with the CEO of Gul Bahao, Nargis Latif, gave deep insights into its program which is bent upon “Turning Garbage into Gold”.
These days the organization is increasingly talking about a “new technology” i.e prefabricated, modular blocks which will be as “sensational as the mobile phone …We started with the goal of cleaning up Karachi through experimenting and recycling and ended up with commercially viable products, very useful for people”, claims Nargis Latif.
Cynicism aside, credit must be given to the organization for putting up a solid room, a 10×40 feet swimming pool and a temporary wall/screen in just a few hours in the backyard of the KPC.
The place wore a festive look with young girls and boys moving around trying to explain to visitors what the exhibition was all about. Patriotic songs were being played on the sound system. The best part of the exhibition was the bright sunshine which made everything glitter.
What gave the event a sanctified look were three cut outs of trees along with their branches bearing translations of the Holy Quran in English, Urdu and Sindhi. These were placed at the entrance of the club.
Here it may be mentioned that Karachi, one of the biggest metropolises of the world is also known for the mountains of garbage lying all around. The head of Gul Bahao maintains that by recycling all kinds of plastic waste, her organization has in effect solved a world wide problem of environment pollution.
According to Nargis, shopping bags wrappers and thermopole are the biggest culprits in waste management. These are either burnt leading to high atmospheric temperatures/pollution, allowed to clog the drainage system or pollute water courses. Gul Bahao has spent millions of rupees and spent 24 years conducting experiments to produce useful goods from waste material separated at source. Once these innovations enter the market and are reproduced en masse, environmental pollution will be controlled and the worlds natural environment restored, or so claims the organizational head.
According to Nargis, the Chandi Technology will charge up the business environment, due to its usefulness. Explaining the technology, Nargis said it comprises of modular blocks and panels made from metallic film and thermopole waste. Pointing to the items on display, Nargis said entire rooms, warehouses, water reservoirs can be installed in a matter of just a few hours and removed just as quickly. This aspect she said is especially useful in rented premises or where ever mobile pre-fabricated structures are required. These structures are also inter convertible
For example a classroom can be converted into a ware house or shop or a water reservoir or even a bed and vice versa. What is more, the roof of a structure can be converted into furniture, partitions,walls etc.
Pointing to what looked like a partition wall, Gul Bahao’s spokesman Mohammad Hannan, said, “This is the latest addition to our stock of innovations. This is my own personal invention-what we refer to as thermopole panel. Now we are looking into making light weight structures”, he said
Talking about the advantages of this modern day technology, Nargis mentioned its durability and longevity due to its plastic nature and insulation. Cool in summer,warm in winter (this quality of the Chandi Ghar especially appealed to the visitors), strong against the elements, huge block size hence plenty of space for inbuilt cupboards, extend able in all four directions due to sheer strength of the columns, custom made etc etc.
According to Arsalaan, the event manager “More than 150 houses have been installed all over Pakistan during the last 15 years or so. One structure was put up 9 years ago, another 5 years ago, still another 3 years ago which have passed the test of time. Our work is being acclaimed on websites all over the world”.
When asked “If this technology is so good, why has it not become common”, pat came the answer “People are hide bound. They refuse to accept new ideas. When the tried and tested CNG was first introduced in Pakistan, no one was bothered for years. People used to say it would destroy the engines (of the vehicles). I dont need to tell you how successful it is now.”
To the question what are the future prospects and programs of the organization, the CEO of Gul Bahao replied, “The ball is in the court of our businessmen and entrepreneurs. Our work was to experiment and innovate. We have done our bit”.
Gul Bahao has been relentlessly pursuing its research program for the last 22 years. A very useful product, the Chandi Technology whose raw material is metallic film/virgin material from plastic factories is one of the precious innovations. This has come about as a result of immense hard work and massive financial input from both the formal and informal sectors of society.
It may come as a pleasant surprise to you that reports about Gul Bahaos Chandi Technology has crossed
Pakistan’s boundaries and can be seen on websites throughout the world thanks to CNN, Voice of America, Aljazeera, Google, Yahoo and many more. In Pakistan millions of people have seen its different products in real life while thousands have actually used it. For the last ten years or so we have been putting up Chandi Ghars in different parts of Pakistan. Mansehra, Muzaffargarh, Thatta, Awaran and Mithi (Tharparkar) as well as in dozens of places in Karachi. All these structures number more than 150 which include spacious halls, class rooms, entertainment halls, warehouses, reception halls and much more. These structures have survived the test of time for as much as nine years (this technology is only 10 years old). The following results have been obtained:
They are durable, long lasting, strong against the elements i.e storms, rains, insects etc.
Cool in summer and warm in winter
Being essentially plastic in nature, they are clean
They have the following advantages:
Stunning looks. Its silver exterior glitters like silver or gold, depending upon the color of light falling on it
Highly affordable, less than half the cost of conventional structures at Rs.500-600/sq.ft
Quick to put up. Being prefabricated it takes hardly a day. Easily dismantled as well
Potential for in built cupboards
Interchangeable. The blocks and panels used in it can be changed into a water reservoir, a bed, table, sofa etc.
We strongly believe the Chandi technology will become an indispensable part of our lives just like the CNG Kits, Mobile phones, Solar panels and other modern innovations. However, for the time being we recommend the Chandi Ghar for the following uses:
Classrooms, Lecture Halls, Examination halls etc. Especially in rented premises
Best alternative to tents, shamianas and containers
Mobile camps of any kind
Pent houses (a room on roof tops)
Low lying areas
Low cost houses for disaster affected areas viz earthquakes, floods etc.
Profits generated from this will go into further research and our welfare program “Shelter for the shelter less”. For details please visit our website as given above.