A New Idea, but With Old Technology.

The plastic bottle house!

The plastic bottle house!

In Argentina, there is a big house there made from plastic bottles. Oh, sure, houses have been made from bottles before, but most of them were too small to live in, or they were made from glass bottles.

This house costs next to nothing, and is removing hundreds of crates of plastic bottles from land-fill dumps a year. They have built a full-sized bedroom cottage with an actual bed and three chairs. Shelves full of toy cars, a broom, an octopus mobile, and even a fake hanging plant! They are all made out of plastic bottles with some wood framing and a few nuts and bolts. It is quite simple, actually.

The walls are made from columns of two-liter bottles, some cut in half to slip over other ones that were screwed into the adjacent bottles, so that all joints were fat-end to fat-end, no necks. This avoided too much empty space and also made all bottles interlock (in addition to the screw connection).

These columns were assembled into a wooden frame to form panels, and then the panels were twist-tied together with wire to assemble a house. Windows were made with CD jewel cases in a variety of color tints.

They can also make them more sturdy, if they want, by laying out a panel of bottles, and pouring cement mix over them. It uses way less cement mix than other companies use (It also is good for insulation, too).

This design is good for Argentina’s mild climate. The translucent nature of the bottles lets in lots of natural light. Also, the tiny gaps in-between the bottles is perfect for ventilation. A cool idea is for non-concreted bottles to be filled partly with dirt. This is a cool way to stop fires! A fire will first shrivel a bottle, then melt it enough that it splits and the earth spills out, smothering the fire. Pretty clever?

The roof is another way to lessen the load on dumps. The roof is made from flattened tetrapak cartons and they are flattened. They then are laid aluminum side up, effectively reflecting hot, harmful solar rays!

The tetra pak roof

The tetra pak roof

But the bad part is that the tetrapak roof falls apart after four or five years because of the rain. One way to stop them is to cover them with, you guessed it, plastic bottles! The way the roof is designed now, it looks like terra cotta tiles, and the combination should last 20 to 30 years, and still keep the sun’s heat off well.

All of the building in that yard are made of pure recyclable stuff. It is a good way to lessen the load on dumps.

This post could go on and on about a whole bunch of plastic things in that house, but it won’t. You’ve suffered enough all ready, anyway. So I will give you some links about this House of Plastic Bottles. The site that I got all of this information is here. Another neat site about plastic bottles is this one, and they list a whole bunch of ways to use them around the house.


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