Worldwide Accessible Prostheses For Amputees In Need
Sara Laderas
Britannia Secondary
Floor Location : M 059 N

The purpose of my project is to reduce plastic pollution, by transforming soft plastic into prosthetic legs by using convenient equipment and materials that most people have access to. I wanted to help improve the lives of people in need, by inspiring and helping them to make their lives more manageable, even without limbs. Prior to starting this project, I discovered that prosthetic legs can vary in cost from $5,000 to $50,000. I wanted to give an opportunity to those in need to make their own prosthetic legs with materials that they have, or can easily obtain, especially those who live in third world countries. It inspires me to see how hard they work despite their physical limitations. Most people who make their prosthetic legs out of recycled plastic use 3D printers. However, most people don’t have the luxury or access to this kind of technology, or the savings to buy their own prosthetic legs. I wanted to help as many people as I can with this project. I wanted to improve the environmental conditions because the environment affects not only us humans, but the animals living in the ocean, land, and air, who are also greatly affected by plastic pollution. Additionally, the method and process I use to make the prosthetic leg can be applied to a variety of crafts and other useful items.