Approximation LLC

Fort Wort, TX, United States
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  • Energy and Environment, Economic Opportunity, Health

  • Honduras | Kenya | Global Programs

  • Economically disadvantaged people, Refugees and displaced people

  • Limited liability company / Limited partnership

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Executive Summary

Our team's collaborative effort will address two pressing issues that threaten the viability of human life today-the ever increasing accumulation of plastic waste and the shortage of clean, copious supplies of water for drinking, cooking, bathing, and sustaining life. Approximately 50 billion un recycled plastic bottles are discarded and litter our planet, contributing to the declining health of the earth. Our proposal is designed to repurpose this trash into treasure for millions of people, starting with countries with a heavy influx of refugee populations or developing countries with major deficits in utility infrastructure, specifically water storage and distribution. Our collective expertise in strategic planning, human capital and workforce development, project management, and environmental conservation will expand on the proven technology of Andreas Froese which consists of repurposing plastic bottles for the creation of viable alternative systems that improve the quality of life in communities.

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The Problem

There are approximately 1.6 million refugees migrating from middle eastern conflict countries that are housed in refugee camps with few practical solutions for economic stability and provision of basic needs. Given these limited resources, the application of Eco technology to recyclable plastic bottles for sustainable waste and water systems will be a major step towards stabilizing these refugees and positioning them for further assistance. Refugee host countries are concerned about proper sanitation and inadequate resources for these populations. Although refugee camps have been greatly assisted by Non governmental organizations to help with service provisions, traditional resources usually come in the form of bottled water, packaged food and other supplies with no plans for how to dispose of remaining waste. Flies breeding within waste are disease carriers; mosquitoes breed in blocked drains and discarded containers and are also carriers of malaria, dengue, lymphatic filariasis and yellow fever. Rats find shelter and food in waste, live and breed in and around waste, and are also carriers of disease. Open burning of waste may present a fire risk and also causes air pollution and gas emissions which are hazardous to health and the environment. Uncontrolled dumping of waste can create dust and fungi containing aerosols which can cause respiratory health problems. Moreover, traditional methods for disposing of these items are expensive and limited. In contrast, eco technology will offer environmentally friendly solutions, at substantially lower costs, by repurposing plastic bottles and waste materials in the creation of water conservation tanks and waste management systems.

Proposed Solution

The implementation of Eco technology for the development of water and waste management systems is consistent with a recent United Nation Declaration to ... provide humanitarian assistance to refugees so as to ensure essential support in key life saving sectors, such as healthcare, shelter, food, water and sanitation. We commit to supporting host countries and communities in this regard, by using locally available knowledge and capacities. ( This strategy is reflected in the United Nations' New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants Resolution A/71/L.1 declared on September 13, 2016, at The 71st session of the General Assembly of the United Nations held in New York.) The UN Resolution further states that this initiative will support community based development programs that benefit both refugees and host communities. Eco technology has been described as energy efficient and PET (polyethylene terephthalate) bottles also have a lifespan of 300+ years. Based on this durability and the lower cost which has been estimated to be 40% of traditional approaches, we are confident that these projects will be sustained far beyond the six years prescribed for project implementation. Additionally, as geological formation continues the buried waste product will be further compressed until it forms into fossil fuel. We also believe that our collaborative solution using Eco Technology will also engender job creation for the affected populations through an interactive method of empowerment and engagement of the local community while elevating environmental awareness and enhancing the quality of life.

Evidence of Effectiveness

Our collaborating partner ECO TEC as the originator of the technology of converting plastic bottles into water storage tank and waste management systems and has implemented this green technology in many projects in the communities of Honduras, Bolivia, Colombia, and India. Over the period of nine years, more than fifty ECO TEC structures are in use around the world, which included expanded applications for other purposes such as walls, houses, roofs, bathrooms, toilets, aqueducts, bus stops, eco parks and composting facilities. ECO projects have improved living conditions in each community with environmentally sound and cost effective methods used in contrast to the potential cost of traditional building material which mostly targets areas that communities can not afford. According to ECO TEC's Construction Reports, the structures have endured, without failure and have withstood hurricanes and earthquakes up to 7.3 in magnitude on the Richter Scale. To date, all ECO Tech PET bottle water tanks are still in use, and no leaks or failures have been reported. The ECO Technology has been recognized and awarded specifically for work done in Honduras by the Central American Commission on Environment and Development, Ministry of National Resources and Environment of Honduras, and the United Nations' book on the Sixty Experiences on the path to Development.

Previous Performance

Collectively, our two collaborating teams have over 50 years of experience in all of the required disciplines to successfully carry out this project. Skill sets include grant management administration, contract development, monitoring, quality assurance and evaluation, inventor and practitioner of the required technology proposed as the solution, international economics, human capital, and workforce development, professional training and presentations, multilingual fluency in the following languages English, French, Spanish, and German. Eco Tech has successfully completed over 50 projects in various countries using this technology invented by Andreas Froese who is part of our collaborating team.

The Team

Team Purpose

Approximation LLC (APPROX) is a global firm that helps to build economies through creative and cost efficient solutions. Plastic waste is a major world problem that must be addressed before causing more ecological damage. For the proposed project, APPROX has assembled a team of consultants focused on repurposing of plastic bottles to create environmentally friendly infrastructures as solutions to excess waste. Andreas Froese, of German nationality, is the inventor of the ECOTEC technology that consists of using recyclable bottles of PET (polyethylene terephthalate) filled with waste and soil as primary materials for construction. He has over 15 years of experience implementing environmental and social projects in collaboration with governmental and non governmental organizations in Honduras, Bolivia, Colombia, Mexico and Uganda. Mr. Froese will provide master training workshops to project teams who will travel to target areas to train locals to construct environmentally innovative alternatives to water distribution and waste management.

Team Structure

Approximation LLC will serve as the primary organization for the oversight and management of the project and grant funds. Project Director will be Ira Thomas, who serves as Chief Economic Architect for Approximation LLC. Mervil Johnson will serve as Project Manager for strategic planning and implementation. The following consultants will be contracted to provide services according to their expertise in training, report preparation, team recruitment and development, and other expertise as required by the project: Andre Johnson Founder of Next Level Enterprize, specializes in Human Capital Development. Justin Liptrot Bachelor of Accounting Rosena Clark Turner Master of Social Work Estrus Tucker International Consultant for Courage & Renewal In consultation with Andreas Froese, the team will customize each project based on related geographic and demographic research. Additionally, Mr. Froese and his associate Jose Gomez will provide training in the use of the Eco Technology and will also serve as lead experts in staging and execution of the various projects in each location. Approximation will recruit and manage project teams primarily from colleges and universities in the United States consisting of students with degree programs relevant to the disciplines required for these projects.