Recycling plastic bottles as a building material is possibly the best single sustainable building method.
It has all the advantages of Tire walls, with less labor. All the advantages of adobe and superadobe – but is more structurally sound, using solely waste materials, and requires no formwork during construction.
17 million barrels of oil are used in the production of bottled water each year, and even in its smallest form, plastic will never biodegrade.
Out of the 50 billion bottles of water being bought each year, 80% end up in a landfill, even though recycling programs exist.
Over 1500 plastic water bottles are consumed every second in the US alone. Need materials to build a house? just wait a few minutes and you’re carbon neutral.
- Improves the environment by recycling bottles.
- Very long lifespan.
- Making bottle ‘bricks’ is time consuming but not labour intensive.
- Can be made with practically any type of sand or soil.
- Excellent thermal mass.
- Very durable.
- Very cheap.
- Very simple to build with.
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Plastic BottlesBuilding walls with earth and recycled plastic bottles @ Youtube (7:13)
A greenhouse made from plastic bottles @ Youtube (3:12)
Glass BottlesMaking and installing “Bottle bricks” @ Youtube (3:26)
The Bottle House, displaying aesthetic possibilities with a soundtrack @ Youtube (8:43)
Bottle walls @ Wikipedia