Impenetrable Fireproof House Made from Used Plastic Bottles

This 2 bedroom house built from recycled plastic bottles is bulletproof and fireproof and can withstand earthquakes. Oh, and it also reportedly holds a comfy year-round temperature of 64 degrees F. The bottles were filled with sand and are held together by mud and cement to form a solid wall that supposedly is stronger than cinder clocks.

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 article states it took about 14,000 bottles to build this home.

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.

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References:

via: http://www.treehugger.com/clean-water/the-us-consumes-1500-plastic-water-bottles-every-second-a-fact-by-watershed.html

via: http://earth911.com/news/2009/06/08/360-recycling-plastic-bottles/

via: http://inhabitat.com/africas-first-plastic-bottle-house-rises-in-nigeria/

Hat tip to Off Grid World, where this writeup first appeared!

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