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Dry Stone Walls
 
Constructed without mortar or cement. The art of the waller.
Wattle Edging
 
Ancient as gardening. Wattling is fun and attractive.
Wattle Fence
 
Since Neolithic times we have fenced our sheep and vegetables in this easy to make (albeit time consuming) wooden fence.
Earth Sheltered
 
The earth-house uses the ground as an insulating blanket that efficiently protects it from temperature extremes, wind, rain and extreme weather events.
Modern Underground
 
Underground homes with a modern bent. A large thermal mass stabilizes inside temperatures, giving you free heat in the winter, free cooling in the summer.
Pit Greenhouses
 
For those in northern, high altitude or windy climates who wish to grow their food year round. Take advantage of the insulating properties of the Earth.
Stacking Firewood
 
Ingenious ways to stack firewood.
Rocket Mass Heaters
 
The rocket mass heater works on similar properties as a masonry heater. A fast, high heat and oxygen-fed fire burn up the volatile gases and particulates, leaving very little pollution, and turn almost every ounce of wood fuel into energy.
Masonry Wood Cookstoves
 
Masonry heaters can incorporate cook stoves. And cook stoves can act as masonry heaters for small homes.
Masonry Heaters with Ovens
 
Bake ovens can be either white (the fire is in another box, usually below the oven) or black (the fire is in the same compartment as the food being cooked).
Masonry Heaters
 
Heat, not pollution. The cleanest burning wood stoves have been around for centuries, yet have taken a backseat to metal wood stoves and other polluting energy sources for far too long. Time for a revival!
Indoor Pizza Ovens
 
If you live in a cool climate, you might as well investigate adding a masonry heater along side your pizza oven. Or at least understanding them so that you might take advantage of exhaust heat.
River Rock Fireplaces
 
Although lots of mass and beautiful, most heat goes straight up the flue. Build a conventional fireplace for beauty alone, build a masonry fireplace for heat.
Container Homes
 
Somewhere around 30 million steel shipping containers exist today. 8 feet wide by 8.5 feet high, and either 20 or 40 feet long, they have been the globally standardized transportation module since 1956.
Insect Hotels
 
Call them bug condos, insect hotels, insect habitats, wildlife stacks, insect boxes, insect houses, insect walls, wild bee walls, insect accommodation, wild bee houses, solitary bee walls or wild bienenhaus. Wildlife habitat is rapidly disappearing. Building beneficial insects a special habitat will help your garden and the bugs.
Outdoor Earth Ovens
 
Examples of pure cob and adobe, and refractory castable cement over bricks.
Outdoor Brick Ovens
 
Recycle some old bricks...into an oven.
Outdoor Masonry Ovens
 
Build an outdoor oven with local stone and DIY skills for a few hundred dollars. Or, buy an oven kit and have it veneered for a few thousand.
Living Willow Hedges
 
Willow cuttings called 'withies' easily root in either water or moist soil. Plant in late winter and come July you'll have a privacy screen.
Hedge Laying
 
Over two thousand years older than chain link.
 
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Homes made from Plastic Bottles
+ Greenhouses, too!



house with green roof
plastic bottle house


plastic bottle home
plastic bottle house


plastic bottle house
plastic bottle house
Eco-Tec's Ecoparque El Zamorano, Honduras.
Ecological House: Constructed with 8,000 bottles with composting toilets and a solar water heating system. The green roof can weigh 30 tons when wet and has been supported by the walls without any extra reinforcement. It is the first house in the world made from PET bottles without using cement in the walls.



inside plastic bottle house
plastic bottle house
The same home seen from the inside. For design effect some bottles were left slightly exposed. Above the door the tops of the bottles face in, the bottoms face outside -- see second photo above. www.eco-tecnologia.com



eco tec house
plastic bottle house
Eco-Tec's Casa de la Fe.
Used vehicle wheel rims make up the foundation and some of the pillars.




plastic bottle house
plastic bottle house
Casa de la Fe (Faith House) Honduran Foundation for the Rehabilitation and Integration of the Handicapped. The texture of the outside surface depends on which way the bottles face. www.eco-tecnologia.com



plastic bottle construction
plastic bottle house
Eco Tec's Sky Field House under construction.



plastic bottle house
plastic bottle house
Eco Tec's Sky Field House: The first vaulted ceiling using PET bottles.
All Eco-tec projects have a strong social focus. Most of the PET bottles used are recovered in clean-up campaigns and recycling drives. The community then fills them with sand. They train the unemployed and handicapped in their construction methods. They build water tanks, schools, community centers, urban benches as well as homes. Andreas Froese, Eco-Tec's inventor hopes to also build some PET homes in Haiti utilizing construction debris. Most of the PET bottles used are recovered in clean-up campaigns and recycling drives.
www.eco-tecnologia.com



bottle house
plastic bottle house
An Eco-Tec home in Bolivia. PET bottle bottoms on the left.
Wine bottle bottoms on the right.




wine bottle house

plastic bottle house
This home in Bolivia incorporates lots of wine bottles as well as PET bottles. Here they used concrete pillars instead of PET columns. See more Eco-Tec construction photos at bottom of page.



plastic bottle house
plastic bottle house
Eco-Tec Africa - solving Nigeria's housing shortage. www.ecotec-africa.com & www.physorg.com



plastic bottle house
plastic bottle house
Eco-Tec Africa - solving Nigeria's housing shortage. www.ecotec-africa.com & www.physorg.com



serbia plastic bottle house

plastic bottle house
Tomislav Radovanic, a retired Math professor from central Serbia has built a house of waste plastic. "The house is comfortable and it practically cost me nothing," Radovanovic said, adding that the bottles are good insulators. The foundation is concrete but all else is plastic; gutters, windows and furniture are made from recycled bottles. Pic: www.freerepublic.com





polli brick building
plastic bottle construction
Taiwan's plastic bottle building -- EcoARK Exhibition Hall.
Not just a bottle picked off the street. Polli-Brick from Hymini is made from recycled PET bottles. The building can be disassembled and then reassembled elsewhere. Looks like that might take a bit of time though as the building is 85 meters long (279 feet).




polli rlastic bricks

plastic bottle construction
Polli's self interlocking plastic bricks are translucent thereby allowing the play of natural light to shine through. The manufacturers add they are good thermal and sound insulators and can withstand hurricane force winds. No BPA, but wish they could make the fireproof backing curtain for walls out of something other than PVC. Can be used for walls, greenhouses, roofs, etc... www.miniwiz.com



polli pet bottles
plastic bottle construction
Inside -- optional LED lights fit inside the bottles...Reuter's Photo, www.miniwiz.com




plastic house
plastic bottle house
Ecological Bottle House, near the Iguazu Falls, Misiones, Argentina.
Alfredo Santa Cruz and his family built this house and matching play house out of used plastic bottles, Tetra Packs and CD cases. They used 1200 PET plastic bottles for the walls, 1300 milk and wine Tetra Pack boxes for the roof, 140 CD cases for the doors and windows, plus 320 PET bottles for the furniture.
www.sites.google.com



plastic bottle house

plastic bottle house
200 PET bottles hold up the bed.



bottle cap curtains
Photo credit: Xinhua/Martin Zabala
Love the bottle cap curtains!




plastic bottle room
plastic bottle house
The family will instruct anyone who is up for a visit, or if you pay for their travel expenses, they will come to you. www.sites.google.com



plastic bottle wall

Water bottle wall in Danone office, Tokyo.

Great idea as partitions in an office!



plastic bottle wall
Water bottle wall
The Morimoto Restaurant's bottle wall in NYC is composed of 17,400 half liter plastic bottles filled with mineral water and then backlit with LED lights.



plastic bottle wall
Water bottle wall
The wall is two stories high.



plastic bottle wall

plastic bottle greenhouse
Back outside...



plastic bottle greenhouse

Plastic bottle greenhouse on Blue Rock Station, Ohio...bluerockstation.com (info below*) This one sits on old tires and is made from 1000 2-liter plastic soft drink bottles. Flickr photo by ticticticticboom



bottle greenhouse

Plastic bottle greenhouses are all the rage in Europe.
Picasa-Cudlees.




plastic bottle green house
Plastic Bottle Greenhouse
Owlsoup Photo on Flickr



plastic bottle greenhouse
Plastic Bottle Greenhouse



plastic bottle fence

Photo by bryanilona on Flickr



plastic bottle shed

A Danish plastic bottle shed. Flickr photo By christof



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More Eco-Tec Plastic Bottle Construction Photos...


bottle construction
Plastic Bottle Construction
Eco-Tec in Uganda.




plastic bottle construction
Plastic Bottle Construction
Sand.


water bottle wall
Plastic Bottle Construction
Cement.



plastic bottle construction details
Plastic Bottle Construction
Adobe.



plastic bottle construction
Plastic Bottle Construction
Eco-Tec in Bolivia

 

 

plastic bottle water tank
Plastic Bottle Construction
Eco-Tec builds many cisterns/water tanks...



water bottle construction
Plastic Bottle Construction
How to make an arch...




plastic bottle fence

A painted wall.



water bottle construction

Eco-Tec's aquaduct...



plastic bottle house

Plastic Bottle House

 

References, Further Info and How To:


A Pdf "How to Build a Plastic Bottle Greenhouse" from REAP Scotland:
www.reapscotland.org.uk



See also the Plastic Bottle Schools page for different construction methods...

www.inspirationgreen.com/plastic-bottle-schools








According to Time Magazine, the U.S. produced 28 million tons of plastic waste in 2005-- 27 million tons of which ended up in landfills. www.time.com



Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (www.nevadarecycles.gov)
gives degradation times in a landfill as follows:

Tin can 80-100 years
Aluminum can 200-500 years
Plastic 6-pack rings 450 years
Plastic jug 1 million years!
Styrofoam cup Unknown? Forever?
Glass bottle Unknown? Forever?

Of course, the figures above are not accurate as they will change upon conditions present. We (in our lifetime) will never know how long today's petroleum-based plastic bottles take to break down in the environment.


Did you know, that many new 'eco' polyester pillows are stuffed with shredded plastic bottles? keetsa.com
 
 

 

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RITU
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PLASTICS MACHINERY AND MOULDS
Reply #297 on : Wed September 24, 2014, 08:36:54
Dear Sir,
This is to inform you that, we are dealing in used Injection Moulding Machinery from 40T to 1000T and Blow Moulding Machine
Injection household like bucket,tubs,stools,containers moulds and Blow moulds refer attachment excel file

Plastics products manufacture investment, we can set the complete project for household plastics products manufacturing

Pls let us know your view , if any doubt or any related issue.
Sir! pls let us know your area plastic industries may require above macinery
save the attachment in your computer for future refer

"WE ASSURE BEST SERVICE AT ALL THE TIME"

refer attachment

For Peekay Engineering

Ritu
pls feel free to contact mr patel at 918097321822
[email protected]
Ritu
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PLASTICS MACHINERY AND MOULDS
Reply #296 on : Wed September 24, 2014, 08:35:30
Dear Sir,
This is to inform you that, we are dealing in used Injection Moulding Machinery from 40T to 1000T and Blow Moulding Machine
Injection household like bucket,tubs,stools,containers moulds and Blow moulds refer attachment excel file

Plastics products manufacture investment, we can set the complete project for household plastics products manufacturing

Pls let us know your view , if any doubt or any related issue.
Sir! pls let us know your area plastic industries may require above macinery
save the attachment in your computer for future refer

"WE ASSURE BEST SERVICE AT ALL THE TIME"

refer attachment

For Peekay Engineering

Ritu
pls feel free to contact mr patel at 918097321822
shilpa
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eco wast out of city
Reply #295 on : Sat September 20, 2014, 03:11:27
i like your concept,its too gud and am goona do this as project in our campus
rajesh lodhi
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rcc desined & drawing
Reply #294 on : Fri June 20, 2014, 00:10:18
good for construction . economical and high strength durability . but i have a doubt for this construction . how to make multistory building ?
by this method and how to provide foundation.
TM
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Thanks
Reply #293 on : Sat June 07, 2014, 07:37:31
Thank you for the amazing photologue. Your work is superb. Thanks to ecotec's inspiration we hope to start a project of our own in Indonesia. Best to you and your team.
Karenp
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plastic bottle coffee table/furniture
Reply #292 on : Thu June 05, 2014, 08:39:57
I would so appreciate some how to tips to "build" the plastic bottle coffee table. It's not clear how it achieves its stability and how the bottles are connected to each other. Thanks in advance!

Also, any tips on how to use recycled plastic bottles to build a DIY water pond fountain?
Les
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plastic bottle houses
Reply #291 on : Wed June 04, 2014, 07:50:53
inspiring stuff!
Mary Kay Severin
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Plastic bottle wall of interior of EarthShip
Reply #290 on : Wed May 07, 2014, 03:42:22
Hello. I love this idea. We are going to build the interior walls out of earth filled bottles. Many benefits, a strong load bearing wall, thermal mass, fire resistant, reduce heating and cooling bills. Reuses manmade renewal resources. And the bottles and dirt are free.

Jack. This type of construction is not dangerous. It is actually safer and less expensive and saves a lot of trees.

We are not using sand. We have to buy that here in Missouri. We are using our dirt which is 80% Clay and 20% rock. We are using a 1/4 inch screen and packing the bottles with little rocks in them. They compress very well. For a 16.9oz bottle they become a 2 pound brick.

www.severinearthship.weebly.com
anas
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Re: Plastic Bottle Homes
Reply #289 on : Wed April 09, 2014, 16:26:52
for a better world
Cherie
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Save some trees
Reply #288 on : Sat March 15, 2014, 15:11:33
Very nice!

I'm building a cordwood masonry home. (second alternative building home built)

Now that I see this, I think humm, this should be the next project and I can save some trees!

But, this would take a hell of a lot of bottles. Gotta start finding, saving and collecting them from where ever, for a long, long time before you begin.

To answer about earthquakes, storms, safety and etc...(the best I can without knowing "exactly" the process)
The houses that I see where the bottles are filled with sand and "mortared" in, should be very sound structures. In fact I'd venture to say, better then many stick frame homes.

I'd stand my cordwood home up against any stick frame home in a tornado. The cordwood and sand/water bottle homes are somewhat similar. You just need a good foundation, good headers, post and beams, etc...you'll have a very strong house.
michael kanyatta
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compliments
Reply #287 on : Thu March 06, 2014, 06:35:57
i just pop in here, i admit that this is un belivereble to me.
thanks.
jack
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idea is excellent but dangerous
Reply #286 on : Sun February 23, 2014, 05:04:00
Hi all,
this is a great idea, but if any natural disaster happen, then all the people living inside those type of house sure DIE ... be careful about this method.

Thanks & cheers ,
Jack
Keiren
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Above
Reply #285 on : Thu February 20, 2014, 08:39:02
Maaya, Please see References, Further Info and How To above! Hope that helps.
Maaya Radhakrishnan
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want to build a 400 sq.ft house and a compound wall
Reply #284 on : Thu February 20, 2014, 08:15:15
Sir, I just read in the news paper that houses are built with water bottles and sand at a very low cost.
As I belong to a middle class family iI cannot afford to build a house of my own. So I want to know about this type of building structures and I want to know whether it is possible to build a house with water bottles and sand. If so whom to contact
Ronaldo Reid
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nice house
Reply #283 on : Mon February 03, 2014, 11:50:10
What would happen if a earthquake/hurricane would occur
Keiren
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To Parvatha
Reply #282 on : Tue January 21, 2014, 09:11:46
Just use your local soil! If your soil has a good amount of clay in it, even better as bricks are made from clay. Actually if you mix a small amount of water with clay soil you will make bricks. Hope that works for you. Best, Keiren
Parvathavarthini.J
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awesome idea!!!!!!!
Reply #281 on : Fri January 17, 2014, 06:54:53
Hai sir,
Its really nice, i have taken this as my project. bt, i hav a doubt, sand took the maximum part in this project. Is there any idea to replace sand in the bottles?
i am from tamil nadu, in my state sand's cost is too high so we are not ready to use sand this much thatswhy am asking! give me some ideas,
thank you
Nadia Robles
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interest in building a house in Honduras
Reply #280 on : Sat January 11, 2014, 19:30:58
Hello,

I been looking into helping a friend build a house in Honduras, using recyling material. I wanted to see if you can provide information or people with experience who we may meet.
patty perkins
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building houses our of plastic bottles
Reply #279 on : Sun December 22, 2013, 10:39:33
Can you have a fireplace and a Woodstove in these types of houses
La pepita de Marañon
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Bottle Bungalow
Reply #278 on : Fri December 13, 2013, 10:53:13
We just finish a bungalow in Panama made with plastic and glass bottles, wood and river stones thanks to your website ideas!
virginia S. Guevara
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Re: Plastic Bottle Homes
Reply #277 on : Sat December 07, 2013, 19:40:54
Amazing! This idea will help Tacloban, Leyte and Samar and its colourful!
Sister Paula Gonzalez
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Amazing -- (and inspiring!!)
Reply #276 on : Sun November 10, 2013, 14:37:28
I'm an 81-yr-old nun who back in the early '80s converted an old chicken barn into a super-insulated solar house - using mostly reused materials. This story is thrilling. I may just have to make a bottle greenhouse as I am a gardener - (have been ill this year so will not be able to dig up my garden next Spring) THANKS !!
Whitney Segura
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Love the Pictures!
Reply #275 on : Sat September 21, 2013, 01:24:03
This is an awesome page overall, I give it a 10 / 10, these picture's are unmatched.

I especially enjoyed the greenhouses made from recycled glass / windows. Very crafty, keep up the good work!

- Whitney Segura
Diana Sullivan
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Re: Plastic Bottle Homes
Reply #274 on : Sun September 01, 2013, 19:17:20
Amazing going to share this on my FB page.
Aira Hastings
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Amazing
Reply #273 on : Mon August 05, 2013, 01:37:14
That is amazing,make the best use of the plastic bottle and make it looks beautiful.
renee
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our ecological home..
Reply #272 on : Sat August 03, 2013, 09:38:30
Use a wood frame on the ground and mud to keep them in rows.
Michelle
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plastic bottles!
Reply #271 on : Thu August 01, 2013, 18:40:18
Wow! I am a teacher from Guyana and I am thinking about how to help my students use plastic bottle in a creative way as it is a serious problem here with disposal.
Thank You!
Donnalyn Jeanette Parrish
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Water tanks of all kinds,
Reply #270 on : Fri July 26, 2013, 08:08:59
This is fantastic and would like to see more things such as water tanks and furniture. I live in Peru and there are areas where people still have no running water and live in straw huts.
james piodos
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interested to the tech
Reply #269 on : Thu July 11, 2013, 00:48:13
show some video regarding the construction of structures using plastic bottles. is it tested to with stand earthquake or any weather related threats
gayle
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Re: Plastic Bottle Homes
Reply #268 on : Fri July 05, 2013, 20:45:32
You can fill the bottles with paper, plastic shopping bags (who doesn't have enough of those), plastic wrapping from packaged foods, aluminum foil, chip bags and a whole bunch of other stuff too long to list. I tried it. I have about 50 bottles stuffed to date. It's all in the technique. YOu have to stuff the bottle to and almost beyond capacity. I use a butter knife and a mixing spoon with a very long handle. I am determined!
Scott
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Plastic bottles
Reply #267 on : Sat June 15, 2013, 10:37:28
How about if people just don't buy throw away plastic bottles in the first place.

I saw a guy all proud that he built a greenhouse and a raft out of his plastic bottles. Can't for the life of me figure out why he's "green" but he's the one buying plastic bottles. Ugggg...
HAG
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Is it applicable in a flood prone area?
Reply #266 on : Wed May 22, 2013, 03:37:10
I want to try it in our province here in the Philippines....it will help a lot of poor people here to have descent homes. Thanks for sharing I'll be researching on it. I hope it can adapt in a prone flood area and earthquake.
carla mendes
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Our ecological home
Reply #265 on : Sun May 19, 2013, 10:22:40
hello, I am a Science teacher at the Our Lady of Mercy School, in Brazil (Rio de Janeiro). Our middle school students are building a life size house out of water bottles. We are not really sure how to assemble the walls in the most ecological way possible. we intend to use hot glue to place one bottle on the top of the other inside a wood frame but we are afraid the result won't be as firm as we desire. what other procedure can we use without using cement?
Caroline Abbott
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Bottle buildings
Reply #264 on : Wed May 08, 2013, 09:11:55
Absolutely amazing use of a product that is treated with such disrespect!
I once went to a conference about the plastic industry, where they were discussing the masses of money, that went into the technology to make plastic bottles.

I said that sometime in the future whew will be retrieving the plastic from landfill , as it will eventually be a valuable resource, once oil reverses have run out!
Why do we leave it to the last minute to do the right things in life?
Linda Headford
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Recycled or new?
Reply #263 on : Sun April 28, 2013, 03:03:14
This is a fantastic idea as long as the bottles are recycled and not new. I notice there's a classroom which says it's made from 9,000 bottles supplied by Pepsi. It doesn't say if these are recycled. If not then it sort of defeats the object of reducing waste
Helene
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How to Start Raw Food Diet Plan
Reply #262 on : Sat April 20, 2013, 05:40:41
This post is absolutely amazing - I try to use plastic bottles in my garden recycling, mostly for borders, but this has given me so many more ideas - thanks!
Teresa Thorpe
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Re: Plastic Bottle Homes
Reply #261 on : Fri April 05, 2013, 19:16:10
This project is totally awesome. I was just looking with my ten year old daughter of earth day project ideas that we could use recycled water bottles for. We will not be making a building but she has learned what is being done with bottles and providing housing for homeless. Kudos!!!!
vineet
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knowing more about these construction
Reply #260 on : Fri March 08, 2013, 19:05:41
sir , as i have selected this as my project that is use of these solid waste in construction of houses for slum, rural , and urban areas ... can u help me in suggesting some ideas .. so that an economical .. and maximum use of solid waste can be made out ..
and one more thing double story and triple story construction is possible using these solid waste ..
it will be a pleasure for me if i get some help frm u sir ...
China Mike
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want to make one too!
Reply #259 on : Sun February 24, 2013, 21:17:04
buying some property up in Colorado in another year. Going to build me a bottle house, green house, maybe a big cisturn too. With the thick walls, it will insulate against the cold snow and winter in Colorado I think. Especially if I build it down a few feet into the ground.
rhoda
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good ideas
Reply #258 on : Sun February 24, 2013, 07:05:53
Thanks for this inspirational website. I`m living in town , but I like all the ideas.
Keiren
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To Rosario
Reply #257 on : Thu February 21, 2013, 08:12:20
Hi Rosario,

Nice that you and your students are so eager to help the planet.

I must admit it is very hard to help when I cannot see (nor experience) your environment. But I guess you are asking about a base for the plastic bottles. Yes, cement would be good.

Here are four helpful sites:

http://bottleschools.org/wiki/Main_Page
http://www.peacecorps.gov/resources/media/medstories/1572/
Eco-Tec How to booklet: docs.google.com
Eco-Tec Frequently Asked Questions: www.eco-tec-solutions.com

I hope that helps and you find enough info on these pages to get you going.
Rosario Vásquez
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Help
Reply #256 on : Wed February 20, 2013, 15:53:16
I am very motivated in building a place to plant herbs and vegetables with my students of high-school, actually they are very happy, and they have lots of fun working together to save our planet. But I'm not an expert, I need help. I do not know how to start, because I'm using the school terrace which obviously is made of cement. I think to use cement and sand to make the base. What do you think? Please reply.
Ian Chalmers
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Greenbuild
Reply #255 on : Tue February 19, 2013, 15:54:09
Could you send some designs ? Great Eco tech luv it
Maya
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About plastic bottle
Reply #254 on : Mon February 18, 2013, 20:53:37
The idea of using plastic bottle to build house is great we need to put more effort on it so that our people and the world as a whole can benefit from it thank you
Kath Johnston
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empty drink bottles
Reply #253 on : Sun February 10, 2013, 21:06:00
What an awesome site. I have sat looking through this with great excitement. Bottled water is such a neccessary commodity in some of these countries, and to see the empty bottles put to such worthwhile use, is amazing. I am thinking of ways to use them in my garden as small features, or wind breaks, or shade areas. I could go on and on. This is amazing. Thank you for sharing.
Pauline Cory
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Inspirational
Reply #252 on : Thu February 07, 2013, 13:13:24
Thanks for this inspirational website. My friend Nicola Peel has helped lots of communities build bottle buildings by filling the empty plastic bottles with rubbish - uses up bottles and gets rid of the rubbish (which also creates greater thermal mass) which otherwise just pollutes the countryside. I will send her a link to you, in case she hasn't seen your wonderful photos.
Razi
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Great work
Reply #251 on : Thu February 07, 2013, 05:37:52
Good on you for coming up with so much diversity in using recycle materials. Hard work but definitely worth the effort especially in these hard economic times.
Well done and keep up the good work.
Manjunatha Reddy
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Great Idea
Reply #250 on : Wed February 06, 2013, 00:27:29
Its a very great idea
Saalik
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Force Change
Reply #249 on : Tue February 05, 2013, 18:09:34
What a great idea. I wish local authorities could be forced to allow this style of construction instead of all their caveats on colours, style, materials etc. These authorities need a good kick in the backside to look into this use of plentiful 'rubbish'.
Love it...
Marc
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question about building process
Reply #248 on : Mon January 21, 2013, 15:20:52
I had a question I hope you could help me with, actually 2 questions please. 1.) what is used to pack in the gaps after the wall is built? is it mortar or cement? Also can trash bottle bricks also be used or is there a reason they have to be filled with sand? I am going to build a shed using this method for a first project and any advice would be great. Thanks for your time, Marc.
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< Previous 1234 Next >
Dry Stone Walls
 
Constructed without mortar or cement. The art of the waller.
Wattle Edging
 
Ancient as gardening. Wattling is fun and attractive.
Wattle Fence
 
Since Neolithic times we have fenced our sheep and vegetables in this easy to make (albeit time consuming) wooden fence.
Earth Sheltered
 
The earth-house uses the ground as an insulating blanket that efficiently protects it from temperature extremes, wind, rain and extreme weather events.
Modern Underground
 
Underground homes with a modern bent. A large thermal mass stabilizes inside temperatures, giving you free heat in the winter, free cooling in the summer.
Pit Greenhouses
 
For those in northern, high altitude or windy climates who wish to grow their food year round. Take advantage of the insulating properties of the Earth.
Stacking Firewood
 
Ingenious ways to stack firewood.
Rocket Mass Heaters
 
The rocket mass heater works on similar properties as a masonry heater. A fast, high heat and oxygen-fed fire burn up the volatile gases and particulates, leaving very little pollution, and turn almost every ounce of wood fuel into energy.
Masonry Wood Cookstoves
 
Masonry heaters can incorporate cook stoves. And cook stoves can act as masonry heaters for small homes.
Masonry Heaters with Ovens
 
Bake ovens can be either white (the fire is in another box, usually below the oven) or black (the fire is in the same compartment as the food being cooked).
Masonry Heaters
 
Heat, not pollution. The cleanest burning wood stoves have been around for centuries, yet have taken a backseat to metal wood stoves and other polluting energy sources for far too long. Time for a revival!
Indoor Pizza Ovens
 
If you live in a cool climate, you might as well investigate adding a masonry heater along side your pizza oven. Or at least understanding them so that you might take advantage of exhaust heat.
River Rock Fireplaces
 
Although lots of mass and beautiful, most heat goes straight up the flue. Build a conventional fireplace for beauty alone, build a masonry fireplace for heat.
Container Homes
 
Somewhere around 30 million steel shipping containers exist today. 8 feet wide by 8.5 feet high, and either 20 or 40 feet long, they have been the globally standardized transportation module since 1956.
Insect Hotels
 
Call them bug condos, insect hotels, insect habitats, wildlife stacks, insect boxes, insect houses, insect walls, wild bee walls, insect accommodation, wild bee houses, solitary bee walls or wild bienenhaus. Wildlife habitat is rapidly disappearing. Building beneficial insects a special habitat will help your garden and the bugs.
Outdoor Earth Ovens
 
Examples of pure cob and adobe, and refractory castable cement over bricks.
Outdoor Brick Ovens
 
Recycle some old bricks...into an oven.
Outdoor Masonry Ovens
 
Build an outdoor oven with local stone and DIY skills for a few hundred dollars. Or, buy an oven kit and have it veneered for a few thousand.
Living Willow Hedges
 
Willow cuttings called 'withies' easily root in either water or moist soil. Plant in late winter and come July you'll have a privacy screen.
Hedge Laying
 
Over two thousand years older than chain link.
 
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