Discipline: Civil Engineering
The world consumes about a million plastic bottles a minute, with the Philippines as one of the top plastic polluters. It is currently one of the many crises that the Philippines is experiencing. Using plastic bottles in designing a reinforced concrete beam is one of the many examples in the modernization of sustainable structures. An alternative for traditional construction materials is the key point, thus, this study incorporated the use of bamboo fibers as reinforcement in replacement of steel which is known for its high cost. Bamboo is known for its low-cost, wide availability and it is well known for its diverse properties. This research intends to investigate the flexural capacity of bamboo reinforced plastic bottle concrete beams for low-cost housing, determine the potential of this model in the field of construction, and analyze its effect on cost.