A Cambridge University student is using polyethylene film, PVC pipe, pipe insulation and duct tape to replace windows damaged by bombs and bullets in Ukraine and improve homes damaged by the ongoing war.
Harry Blakiston Houston, a Ph.D. student at Cambridge, told the BBC that Insulate Ukraine began as a simple way to improve the lives of residents in Ukraine. The pipe and insulation are used to create a frame for four layers of film, which Blakiston Houston says provides better insulation than standard window glass.
While not intended as a permanent replacement, the plastic windows do cover openings in the wall to help keep homes warm while also allowing light inside — unlike plywood.
Insulate Ukraine wants to have a series of production hubs located through Ukraine, giving residents the ability to set up their own production. The group is already working in the city of Izyum to replace 6,000 windows.
Each window takes about 15 minutes and $17 to make.