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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. eco-tecnologia.com


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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. eco-tecnologia.com


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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 video at bottom of page.


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


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


serbia 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. 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

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..
. miniwiz.com



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


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. 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. morimotonyc.com


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


plastic bottle wall

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

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...


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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:
 

  • Eco-Tec's website eco-tecnologia.com
  • Eco-Tec How to booklet: docs.google.com
    See Eco-Tec's proposal to train
    Haitians to re-build their infrastructure. scribd.com
  • Hug it Forward Bottle School Wiki: bottleschools.org

    *Blue Rock Station in Ohio sells an illustrated booklet on
    How to Build a Plastic Bottle Greenhouse here: bluerockstation.com
    The Warmkes also give alternate building workshops on their farm in Ohio.

    Instructions on how to build your own greenhouse. squidoo.com


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


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

 





 
 

 

 

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Sandra Ann Whitlie
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Plastic bottles
Reply #336 on : Tue June 07, 2016, 14:39:39
how wonderful to see all this recycling. Fantastic. The buildings and stuff look great. lovely people well done. I'm going to share on facebook if that ok. And I'd like to design a garden around a plastic bottle shed/or house. All the best. Sandra
ASHOK MAGO
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use of plastic bottles for eco friendly toilets etc in villages .? How
Reply #335 on : Sun June 05, 2016, 00:37:06
The projects are great. Please help. we want to construct toilets in villages. must be lasting. We are at Pune India Mob 9823018619
Kaylan
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Plastic bottle and strings
Reply #334 on : Mon May 23, 2016, 17:22:47
What purpose do the strings serve?
Rak3sh Tamang Lama
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Re: Plastic Bottle Homes
Reply #333 on : Sat April 30, 2016, 03:29:51
This is simply the best idea to protect the environment. Making house of plastic bottle will not only help the homeless built their own house but also helps to keep surrounding neat and clean. I am thinking of applying this method to help the natural disasters victims in Nepal. I will work my hand on it and will at least build one home in Nepal applying this methodology. I found all the information very helpful and thank you for sharing all the important knowledge. Waiting to hear more of this kind.
Phylli De Vegas
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Carport/awning type structure with PET 1 saved bottles. OR DONATION??
Reply #332 on : Wed March 30, 2016, 17:47:08
Hello,
Great website.
I have been saving my Smartwater bottles,PET 1, now for almost a year. My husband wants to recycle, calls it my junk pile! I have an idea for a structure similar to a carport/awning design. The heat and humidity here in FL would not suffice an enclosed structure. Any suggestions or info from the experts??
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Building small cabanas
Reply #330 on : Tue February 23, 2016, 20:40:02
Hello,
I am located in Mahahual, Quintana Roo, Mexico. I am really interested in finding more information about building small bungalows/cabanas here in our Caribbean beach community. I would like to use it as an example for our wonderful community, to help learn options of dealing with our plastic problem.
Do you do seminars? Would you be willing to come and help build a structure with us and teach anyone interested here?
Please let me know what we will need to use to build a structure that is on the beach and capable of withstanding a hurricane.
I am very excited to learn more and have built an earthbag home in Halmahera, Indonesia as well as a straw bale home with adobe plaster in New Mexico, USA.
Thank you for your time and I look forward to hearing from you shortly.
Jono
Jared
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alternative housing
Reply #329 on : Sat February 20, 2016, 15:10:04
I've been very interested in alternative housing options for a few years now. I love seeing how creative people can get to create a livable area.
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Interesting
Reply #324 on : Thu February 04, 2016, 16:33:17
SO this is very inspirational. Looking to build my very first home in Mexico made of recycled material. Just don't know where to start! I def need to do a lot of research. Where can I find more information on how to build one? This looks relatively easy but I know once I start gathering everything I will come across a lot of questions. How and where can I get more info? NEED RESOURCES PLEASE!
Della
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Great Garden Greenhouse
Reply #323 on : Sun January 24, 2016, 09:59:53
I love this I am looking for my bottled collection now.
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Brian Kibet
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USE OF PLASTIC BOTTLES TO BUILD HOUSES
Reply #322 on : Mon January 18, 2016, 08:20:46
I realy needem the exact procedure on use of plastic bottles to build houses
IOAN COSMA
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ULTRAVIOLET plastic degradation
Reply #321 on : Mon January 11, 2016, 13:23:52
I saw a UV degradation concerning comment.I want to make some important points:
I run a recycling business so that my large yard was/is full of various plastics over the last years.
PET (polyethylene terephalate) resistance is great against UV.So PET(number 1 plastic index) bottles are great for this.Unfortunately PE (polyethylene) (number 2 and 4 recycling index) and PP (polypropylene) (number 5 recycling index) get brittle quickly if left under sunbeam.The delicate point is that PET bottles have PE or PP lids.One should note that chemically PET,PE and PP are distinct compounds (such as are gold,copper and iron).So the name "plastic" is a general one.
Carol Robinson
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Plastic bottle shed
Reply #320 on : Wed December 30, 2015, 03:02:02
Directions on how to make a plastic bottle shed
┼čeyma
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bottle bricket homemade
Reply #319 on : Sun December 27, 2015, 19:04:19
Hi

I am studying architecture.the bottle bricks a very impressive method.I want to use bottle bricks at my project. I would like to introduce this method to my class.Do you send me the pdf version of the plans and drawings?

Thank you
Ahmed Nauman Ghauri
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Bottle houses
Reply #318 on : Sun December 27, 2015, 07:24:56
Amazing. Can I build same house?
Art K
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Ultraviolet Degradation
Reply #317 on : Fri December 25, 2015, 17:06:00
Good to see all the work related to reusing waste materials.

One issue I did not see addressed is the breakdown of plastic by sunlight, in particular the ultraviolet radiation. Plastic exposed to sunlight will last 5 years, at most, before becoming brittle and fragile. This especially affect the greenhouses made from plastic bottles.
Derek
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Is there a how to book?
Reply #316 on : Sun September 20, 2015, 22:58:51
Can anyone direct me to any books on the subject of building with plastic bottles?
debbie reid
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PET and glass bottle costruction
Reply #315 on : Wed September 09, 2015, 11:29:05
I love this page of projects. It is so inspirational!
Vishal
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Want to make same house for me in india
Reply #314 on : Tue July 14, 2015, 02:44:31
You all have really done great job.
i want to make same house for me in maharashatra at my village.
can you please help me for ato create it. So i can let my village people also do..
Cheki Wangpo
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About the ideas to built the house out of wast
Reply #313 on : Thu July 02, 2015, 05:12:01
i am from Bhutan where Himalayas ranges passes by and i am pretty sure that earthquake will damage the society. And more over i am consent about the Eco-system balance. so, where ever i go i can see the wast bottle and we cannot do any thing about it.i was thinking and i got this video and i am sure that you all gonna do something about it
umair javed
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botal house
Reply #312 on : Tue June 23, 2015, 02:10:23
sir
Here i have qury regarding water tank. if we want to be that tank on the top of roof is it possible that roof can support the weight of water if it will made off botals.? secondly if the pillar form the ground is off about three to four metter and the water tank will be preferablly two feet width, length and 5 feet height? can that structure be supportable or not./
meredith marut
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who is the maker of these?
Reply #311 on : Sun June 21, 2015, 18:05:31
Hello
I need to get in contact of all the builders of these homes photographed.! ASAP!

peace and blessings
meredith marut
panki
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eco house in Himalayas
Reply #310 on : Wed May 06, 2015, 00:31:53
I am really impressed and would like to congratulate you on this amazing initiative to reduce and reuse of plastic bottles.

Is there any help or Guide book i can get to make a place near river out of this amazing and unique way.
We get lot of snow here.

Regards
Douglas nyenke
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Re: Plastic Bottle Homes
Reply #309 on : Thu April 23, 2015, 08:53:11
Can you build a multistory building with these plastic bottles
jules
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greenhouses
Reply #308 on : Mon April 20, 2015, 06:31:16
i would love to make a greenhouse using plastic bottles. I like the pictures of the ones that don't appear to use cement or mortar to hold them together. How are they held together?
K SUNDARA RAJAN
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Re: Plastic Bottle Homes
Reply #307 on : Sun April 19, 2015, 22:22:25
Please let me know the cost for building a house on the first floor of my house of about 1000 sq feet. I am in cjennai, Tamilnadu, India. Also I would like to know the construction time, strength and longivity of the construction.

I am impressed and inspired.
Anonymous
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Re: Plastic Bottle Homes
Reply #306 on : Tue April 07, 2015, 12:46:46
This is really gonna help me with my DT h/w now. Cheers.
dyllin
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Re: Plastic Bottle Homes
Reply #305 on : Thu April 02, 2015, 13:30:55
thanks for this, i am an environmental student and i am looking into building houses like these for a paper, this was a great help. I can't wait to build one myself.
Craig
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eco recycling for practical reasons
Reply #304 on : Sat March 28, 2015, 14:47:55
God bless you all on these endeavors! May Jesus Christ give grace and strength and love to all who are working these projects.

Craig, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
ann
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bottle
Reply #303 on : Thu February 26, 2015, 15:59:14
hi i thing this is sooo cool . i think im going to try to , wish me luck . and thank you for showing us all.
Bonginkosi Ndaba
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Reply #302 on : Sun February 22, 2015, 09:33:15
Brilliant job guys, I like your idea of using waste in such a useful way. I will adapt this method and use it together with my group of local children as we are dealing with environmental education, so with this we going to build ourselves a library for this kids and I am sure it would be fantastic after we finished it. Thank you so much guys this is the way forward for sustainable environment .
Anonymous
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Re: Plastic Bottle Homes
Reply #301 on : Fri January 23, 2015, 10:47:34
are they building these in the USA
Amanda
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Any way I could help with this project
Reply #300 on : Sun December 14, 2014, 19:19:41
Hi, I have been looking at a lot of these water bottle house projects and I think it is such a wonderful idea to help out people in need of a home.
I would love to be able to help In some way and I was thinking of sending water bottles I go through (which is kind of a lot). I do not however know how I would get my water bottles to a place that needs them. Do you have any suggestions?
Thank you!
Ryan
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Water tank scalability
Reply #299 on : Sun November 23, 2014, 11:10:40
Hi, I'm a student at the University of Michigan and am part of a project team that is working on building a rainwater harvesting system. I think this design is very intriguing. I have some questions about the capabilities of this design.

How large can a water tank with this design be made?
Is there an additional layer used to make the tank waterproof or is the cement waterproof as is?
Can the walls support a roof and if so, what type of roof is recommended for stability and ease of construction?
How much time does it usually take to build a given sized wall?
How much materials and costs are associated with a given sized wall?
Can you add on layers onto the walls after the structure is made?
How long do you have to wait for the cement to dry before adding another layer?
CHANDRESH C SINHARA
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how to make it & materials detial pls
Reply #298 on : Sat November 15, 2014, 06:13:51
dear sir,

i am from india gujarat state. i want to make a very huge wall in my native place. bcs cost of materiasl is very high. my frnd suggest me to make a plastic boll as a wall. but i dont know how to make it and which type used.

so pls guide me how to make and what the materiasl.

regards
chandresh sinhara
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Roberta Gregerson
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Building in the Northern United States
Reply #297 on : Wed October 22, 2014, 21:51:36
Thank you for all the work you have done with the plastic bottles. I am very interested in building a home, but I have a few questions. I live in Northern Minnesota,getting as cold as 30 to 40 below zero (Fahrenheit) not including wind chill in the winter and our footings would have to go at least 7 feet down because of frost, so I would really like to build a basement, I am wondering how I could do that. I have been reading all that I can find and I am thinking about building a double wall with an air space in between and filling it with cellulose. I am wondering how it would handle the cold? and I am wondering how to tie in the floor above the basement. I have a small amount of building experience, but never anything this big. Thank you for your help. :)
Anand
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Regarding sitting chair strength
Reply #296 on : Wed October 15, 2014, 12:31:53
Dear sir/mam,

I would like to know the sitting chair concept. How stable it is?..can you suggest some good project for me? I am an undergraduate college student and I have enough amount of bottles. So please help me thorough this.


Thanks,
Anand
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.
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