We know how harmful plastic bottles are to our environment and the wildlife. Plastic takes an average of 450 years to decompose, so these innovative people have found “better” use of discarded plastic bottles.
In Nigeria, people are using thousands of plastic bottles filled with sand to build houses. These houses have many benefits. They are bullet proof, fire proof, and earthquake proof.
According to an article on True Activist, a project to build the plastic-bottle houses is set up by two non-government organizations—the Kaduna-based Development Association for Renewable Energies (DARE) and the London-based Africa Community Trust—with the shared aim of building homes for the homeless.
The houses are built by first filling plastic bottles with sand. Next, mud and cement are used to hold the bottles together which results in having a solid wall.
About 14,000 bottles are required to build a two-bedroom home, making the houses eco-friendly—as it was reported that Nigeria throws away three million bottles each day.
The sand in the bottles also helps to keep the room temperature low, which is suitable for countries like Nigeria where the temperature is high.
The homes are powered by solar panels and methane gas from recycled human and animal waste.
Who would have thought that these discarded plastic bottles could be so useful?