Houses made of recycled plastic waste


Sustainable reuse of plastic waste to reduce housing shortages and job losses in developing countries


  • Provision of space solutions for people in developing countries and crisis areas (especially in refugee camps)

  • Improvement of living conditions in refugee camps

  • Presentation of a concrete application from recycled plastic waste to promote sustainability

  • Creation of production facilities on site and use of local materials


  • Hochschule Luzern (HSLU), Luzern

  • High Tech Zentrum Aargau (HTZ), Brugg

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BOXS Light: The System

  • A lightweight construction system constructed from recycled plastic sheets made from plastic waste (lying all around).

  • Modular design for different sizes and requirements

  • The assembly does not require any tools and takes place in a short time (1-2 days).

  • Easy transport to various - even difficult to access - locations

  • Weather-resistant, safe and suitable for long-term use (up to 20 years)

  • Can be made with local materials and local producers.

Building envelope made of 100% plastic waste

Contamination from plastic waste is ubiquitous. The development of the BOXSLight includes the use of plastic waste for the construction of the building envelope. Thus the system not only provides adequate and safe shelter for people in need, but also contributes to the improvement of the environment by combating plastic pollution and promoting recycling.

UpBoards GmbH is a BOXS AG company specialising in the manufacture and sale of recycled panels.

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Applications of BOXS Light

The BOXS Light is suitable in many ways to improve living conditions in refugee camps. In contact with humanitarian organisations we develop the following concepts:

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Safe houses

Retreats for vulnerable people:

  • Traumatised people

  • Pregnant women and mothers with newborns

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Education / Playgrounds

Educational institutions and childcare:

  • Schools

  • Free play

  • Kindergarten

  • Nursery

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Medical care and education:

  • Basic care / Vaccination centre

  • Outpatient Treatments / Emergencies

  • Medical Prevention

  • Advice and assistance

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Infrastructure for supply and distribution:

  • Pop-up stores / Shopping

  • Distribution points

  • Kiosks

  • Storage

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Common areas

Information and event venues:

  • Meeting place / meeting hall

  • Training rooms

  • Leisure spaces

  • Religious events

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Reconstruction / Returnees

Accommodations / Temporary arrangements:

  • Temporary housing estates during the reconstruction of destroyed cities and private homes

Contact person

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Raphael Markstaller

CEO & Head Projects

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