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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.
Greenhouses from Old Windows and Doors
 
Replacing your old windows or windowed doors with more energy efficient ones? Here's a project to repurpose those old windows.
Stone Furniture
 
No more plastic! Or vinyl, or PVC! Looks great as a weight loss program as well. First, the perspiration created while moving the stones into place, and certainly one would not become lazy and lounge around for too long on any of these pieces of furniture.
Pebble Pathways
 
More pebble ideas...
Pebble Mosaics II
 
More pebble mosaic inspiration...
Pebble Mosaics Underfoot
 
Pebble Mosaic Inspiration page one...
Steam Bent Shingles
 
Cedar shingles mimic thatch.
Recycling Old Doors
 
Old wooden doors look good just about anywhere.
Pallet Inspiration
 
You'll never look at pallets the same after seeing these inspiring reuse ideas.
Shutter Reuse
 
What to do with those old shutters...
Kitchen Sink Buildings
 
Those who are feeling extra energetic and who come upon a large number of used sinks, this post is for you.
Salvaged and Painted Stairs
 
Uplifting stairs - inspiration...
Rammed Earth
 
Rammed earth homes, walls, architecture. A thousands-year-old technique revitalized.
Mission Kitchens
 
Also known as Craftsman. If a large oak tree falls on your property and you have the tools and know-how, or know a good carpenter...
 
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Homes made from Plastic Bottles
+ Greenhouses, too!



house with green roof
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plastic bottle home
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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. 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



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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 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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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.
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 MaraƱon
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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?
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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.
Greenhouses from Old Windows and Doors
 
Replacing your old windows or windowed doors with more energy efficient ones? Here's a project to repurpose those old windows.
Stone Furniture
 
No more plastic! Or vinyl, or PVC! Looks great as a weight loss program as well. First, the perspiration created while moving the stones into place, and certainly one would not become lazy and lounge around for too long on any of these pieces of furniture.
Pebble Pathways
 
More pebble ideas...
Pebble Mosaics II
 
More pebble mosaic inspiration...
Pebble Mosaics Underfoot
 
Pebble Mosaic Inspiration page one...
Steam Bent Shingles
 
Cedar shingles mimic thatch.
Recycling Old Doors
 
Old wooden doors look good just about anywhere.
Pallet Inspiration
 
You'll never look at pallets the same after seeing these inspiring reuse ideas.
Shutter Reuse
 
What to do with those old shutters...
Kitchen Sink Buildings
 
Those who are feeling extra energetic and who come upon a large number of used sinks, this post is for you.
Salvaged and Painted Stairs
 
Uplifting stairs - inspiration...
Rammed Earth
 
Rammed earth homes, walls, architecture. A thousands-year-old technique revitalized.
Mission Kitchens
 
Also known as Craftsman. If a large oak tree falls on your property and you have the tools and know-how, or know a good carpenter...
 
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