When it comes to green architecture, many recycled things come to our mind from clay houses to PET bottle construction. One example of such environment friendly architecture is the world’s first Plastic Bottle Village located on Isla Colón in Panama. The entire village is made from over a million recycled PET bottles. Built on 83-acres of tropical jungle, the village consists of nearly 120 houses and a lodge.
Robert Bezeau, founder of Plastic Bottle Village, has come up with this idea to encourage people to get rid of plastic waste from their surroundings but in the most functional and effective way. Walls of each house in the village consist of steel cages that are filled with plastic bottles, and later encased in a concrete mix.
Although steel and concrete are not really related with sustainability, but the bottles that are lying inside the sleet cage offers insulation to the building. The plastic bottles integrated within the walls are able to keep homes 17-degrees Celsius cooler than outside temperature.
Last year, first two-bedroom home was built using 10,000 plastic bottles, all pulled out from Panama trash cans, beaches and roadsides. Unlike traditional bricks, using plastic bottles is more durable and cost-effective method of house building.
According to the reports, one of these plastic bottle homes will cost only a third of the cost that’s required to build a house made from bricks and concrete. Furthermore, these houses are strong enough to withstand earthquake tremors.
Such housing solutions are offering better ways to provide shelters to humans, while reducing carbon footprint on environment. Hopefully, more such initiatives will be taken by our society for greener and better future.