In an effort to go green with their home construction and to find affordable building materials, many people around the globe are turning to an unusual resource: plastic bottles. With the plastics industry booming in America, employing approximately one million workers, resources for this green form of construction are abundant.
While there are several methods that have been used to turn plastic bottles into houses, the most common technique requires incredibly cheap, if not free, materials: plastic bottles and earth. Each of the thousands of plastic bottles used to create the walls of the house are filled with sand or dirt, capped, and then stacked similar to bricks. Once the structure is built, the plastic bottles with caps are sealed in by adobe or similar material.
The end result is a home constructed entirely of cheap, recycled materials. Despite the affordability of materials, the homes are incredibly strong, often even stronger than similar size homes constructed of brick. These sturdy houses are able to provide shelter at a fraction of the cost of a conventional home, while also keeping plastic containers out landfills.
These homes are slowly popping up in a wide variety of locations worldwide. In many poorer nations where housing is unaffordable or in short supply, people are constructing these plastic bottle homes as a means of creating affordable shelter. By using gathered materials, rather than purchased building materials, people and families in need are able to create housing from what would otherwise be waste products.
These plastic bottle homes are gaining a following in wealthier areas of the world as well. In the United States, bottle houses are being constructed as a method of environmentally friendly home-building. Because the materials are being repurposed, environmentalists see bottle houses as a means of promoting green construction and helping the health of the global environment.
Whether these bottle houses are a flash in the pan or a trend that’s here to stay, they’re without a doubt an innovative solution to both housing shortages and environmental crises everywhere. With the plastics industry continuing to create more plastic that will inevitably either end up as waste or being recycled, these homes are likely to continue to appear in the years to come.