A company called Platio makes solar panels out of plastic waste – and then uses them as pavements.
Based in Hungary, the team can power buildings and electronic devices through people’s footsteps. The more you walk on the solar panels, the more they generate energy.
The pavements deliver solar energy “to places where it was not possible before,” says co-founder of Platio, Miklós Illyés.
Illyés is one of the three Hungarian friends who came up with the idea back in 2015.
So how does it work?
By employing a special pressuring method, Platio can make use of otherwise non-recyclable plastic to build the bricks that the solar panels sit on.
The company says it uses the equivalent of 400 plastic bottles to make one square