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Blog 1606 Plastic Bottle Village 2

This eco-village in Panama constructs houses out of plastic bottles

The Plastic Bottle Village is an innovative idea that might eventually save the Earth from drowning in our over-consumption of plastic. It’s a planned 83-acre community in Panama that, as the name suggests, is going to be entirely built out of discarded plastic bottles.

Loc­ated on Isla Colón in Panama’s Bocas del Toro province, The Plastic Bottle Vil­lage will include approx­im­ately 120 homes all of which will be vary­ing sizes and will use plastic bottles as its main insu­la­tion. The design pro­cess will begin with build­ing frames of rebar and steel mesh are then filled with used plastic bottles. After vari­ous elec­tric­al and plump­ing lines are inser­ted the plastic walls are covered by con­crete, both inside and out. In the end, the fin­ished homes will look just like con­ven­tion­al ones, without any plastic exposed. The homes also come equipped with a sep­tic tank sys­tem, stand­ard win­dows, doors, and an exter­i­or sidewalk.

The Plastic Bottle Vil­lage was foun­ded by Robert Bezeau, who moved to Bocas from Canada 7 years ago to set up sev­er­al envir­on­ment­al pro­jects. Hav­ing foun­ded a recyc­ling pro­gram in 2012, he star­ted to think of how they could be put to use. Soon enough, he decided to use them to build houses, and came up with a basic idea for the con­struc­tion process.

Accord­ing to the project’s web­site, more than 10,000 plastic bottles were used in the first build­ing, which was con­struc­ted last year and the next home which is already under con­struc­tion will use even more. The site con­tin­ues to say that on aver­age we con­sume up to 15 or more plastic bottles per month and will go through some 14,000+ bottles in their life­time — and by build­ing a two-story plastic bottle house, that same amount of bottles could be removed from the envir­on­ment and put into ser­vice as insu­la­tion, effect­ively neut­ral­iz­ing that plastic foot­print. Obvi­ously, not using those tens of thou­sands of plastic bottles in the first place would be a much bet­ter choice, but con­sid­er­ing how plastic bottles are still highly con­sumed, using some of them in this way might be a decent solu­tion, espe­cially in areas without adequate facil­it­ies or with high remov­al costs and addi­tion­al recyc­ling challenges.

Find out more about the pro­ject vis­it their web­site Plastic Bottle Vil­lage.

13 Jun 2016 · neubau eyewear