A man builds a wall with plastic bottles in the village of Sabon Yelwa. A group of activists have come up with a plan to build a house using bottles, providing what they say is an environmentally smart way to tackle the housing shortage problem in Nigeria.
Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2011-11-plastic-bottles-nigeria-housing-problem.html#jCp
Nineteen-year old mason, Yahaya Musa, checks a wall of made of sand-filled plastic bottles in the village of Sabon Yelwa. Sitting on 58-square metres, the two-bedroom bungalow looks like an ordinary home.
“…the nearly-complete home is bullet and fireproof, earthquake resistant, and maintains a comfortable interior temperature of 64 degrees fahrenheit year round!…” ~Inhabitat
The United States uses 129.6 Million plastic bottles per day! That’s 47.3 Billion plastic bottles per year. About 80% of those plastic bottles end up in a landfill!
- 1500 plastic bottles per second
- 60 seconds per minute X 60 minutes = 3600 seconds per hour
- 3600 seconds X 24 hours per day = 86400 seconds per day
- 1500 plastic bottles per second X 86400 seconds per day = 129,600,000 plastic bottles per day
- 47.3 Billion plastic bottles per year
The United States throws away enough plastic bottles to build 9257 of these 2 bedroom houses per day!
That’s 3.37 MILLION homes per year that could be built using recycled plastic bottles!
Just as a side note, there are approximately 3.5 Million homeless people in the United States. Makes you think a little about recycling more now doesn’t it?
These homes can be built at a fraction of the cost of traditional houses, and they can be built all over the world.
Hat tip to Off Grid World, where this writeup first appeared!