Recycling Plastic Bottles to Build A Home!

I received an email today with pictures of a home being constructed, wondering why that warrants a mention here? Well the home had walls made of mud and recycled plastic bottles! I remembered seeing it somewhere long time back, think it was either on Discovery or on Natgeo, not sure. Anyways the pictures had no  details and the finished homes kind of had an adobe like South American flair, so thought the best way would be to do a web search. On searching I came across this website Eco-Tec Soluciones Ambientes based in Latinamerica.

 

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Eco-Tec is the brainchild of Andreas Froese a German construction engineer who found his calling in helping the poor and disadvantaged build homes out of waste materials.  Froese began to develop his technique in 2001 in Honduras and since then has made over 50 different bottle construction projects around the world. One article about him starts with the liens Andreas Froese is in love with trash! it could not be more simply put.

How is it built?

The method includes filling the bottles with sand and stacking them in rows on top of each other. On the walls, every bottle is tied to one another to create a network, with one tie at the neck and another tie at the base of the bottle. Agricultural twine (sisal or nylon) is widely available. Bottles are first cleaned out and the labels etc removed.

A mesh screen is used to screen rubble, earth, or foundry castings into usable grades.  They always use local materials.  In cities, they use rubble, while in rural areas river sand or earth is used.  Clean plastic debris and plastic bags may be used to fill the bottle bricks. A funnel, made from the top half cut from a plastic PET bottle is used to fill the bottles. The drier the materials the easier it is to fill the bottles.

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On the walls they typically use a clay soil mix similar to adobe, however rice husk or grass may be added. To strengthen the structure in wet climates, every 4-6 rows a mixture of lime and cement is used to avoid problems. If one does not have sand, a soil mixture may be used with up to 1 part cement, 10 parts soil, and 0.5 part lime.

Eco-Tec says their PET-bottle buildings are very much like an adobe. In general, they say PET-bottle houses are bioclimatic in design, which means that when it’s cold outside is warm inside and vice versa.

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The Positives:

  • Makes use of plastic bottles which mostly end up in land fills.
  • Reduces CO2 emissions from the non-usage of bricks (bricks need to be baked there by release a large amount of CO2 into the air).
  • Looks unique and being bio-climatic will help in reducing power consumption.

Check out the Eco-tec videos below
1. Why Eco-tec?

2. How to make a bottle brick – starring Andreas Froese:

Live Green!
For More details visit – http://eco-tecnologia.com

6 thoughts on “Recycling Plastic Bottles to Build A Home!

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  2. PATRICK

    SEÑOR EL QUE HUBIERA ESCRITO ESTE REPORTAJE PUES ESTA MAL INFORMADO PUES LA CASITA REDONDA Y DE COLOR NARANJA ES EXCLUSIVAMENTE DE LA DRA INGRID VACA DIEZ QUIEN CONSTRUYE EL FUTURO DE LOS POBRES CON BOTELLAS PLASTICAS Y DE VIDRIO Y NO ES QUIEN UD MENCIONA PUES ES UN GRAN IMPOSTOR QUE QUIERE APROVECHARSE DE LOS POBRES PARA SACARLE DINERO ASI QUE ME PARECE QUE UD NO ESTA BIEN INFORMADO CON RESPECTO A LAS PROPIEDADES DE CADA PERSONA.
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  3. Solomon S Paul

    Can you people come to our country and give some training for our people. We need direct demonstration. Hope you expect our feeling. I am a social worker among the unemployed and the poor. If you do this for us, I can make a new society from these project. Awaiting your reply.

  4. Misty Meredith

    I am very interested in building a home like this. I am disabled and have very little income, my family needs a new home. The one we live in is very cold in the winter. We heat with a wood stove but it barely heats our front room. We’ve had to leave our home this winter and stay with other family just to stay warm. I would gladly help with the construction of the house if you and your crew would come out and show us how to build it. Please reply back to me at my email below, I look forward to hearing from you. God bless you all for what you do, you truly change lives of those less fortunate. Sincerely, Misty M.

  5. Angela Swann

    I have been collecting my water bottles. I have 4 trash bags to donate. Who would want them?

  6. SOLOMON IPYANA MWAKALUKWA

    Environmental Action Network Tanzania, we appreciate your efforts, we are doing plastic collection as to reuse by selling it to those in need, but we are encouraged with this that once we get knowledge on this (the use of plastic to build) we are going to collect plastic to build a houses for homeless, we are non profit organisation in Tanzania, we wish to save thousands of homeless through this.
    We invite all for better life, recycle plastic for better life.
    By:
    SOLOMON IPYANA MWAKALUKWA
    CHAIRMAN & FOUNDER
    ENVIRONMENTAL ACTION NETWORK TANZANIA
    +255713852483
    ipyana78@gmail.com
    eantz15.blogspot.com
    Mabibo-Dar es salaam
    Tanzania.

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