Did you know that you can make houses out of plastic bottles? By filling them with sand, and molding them together with mud or cement, the walls created are actually bullet proof, fire proof, and will maintain an comfortable indoor temperature of 64 degrees in the summer time.
And it’s not like there is any shortage on used plastic bottles out there. Here are some statistics from treehugger.com:
“The United States uses 129.6 Million plastic bottles per day which is 47.3 Billion plastic bottles per year. About 80% of those plastic bottles end up in a landfill!”
To build a two bedroom, 1200 square foot home, it takes about 14,000 bottles.
The United States throws away enough plastic bottles to build 9257 of these 2 bedroom houses per day! That’s just over 3.35 million homes, the same number of homeless people in America.
Many people in third world countries have taken up building homes out of plastic bottles, from Africa to Asia. Perhaps the trend will catch on in America and all of those bottles will stop ending up in the landfills. Wouldn’t they be better off housing the homeless? Kinda like all those empty houses scattered all over the country?
Didn’t they start making plastic bottles so that they degrade faster? So then what? You have a home with huge holes in it? That suddenly doesn’t work.
Maybe you can just pop a new bottle in when the old one starts disintegrating?
Probably not, but it’s nice that people are trying to find ways to use all of our waste instead of dumping it into the ocean.
I haven’t heard about those new bottles, but the regular ones take centuries to decompose, so I’m guessing the new ones would still give you generations of use.