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House Made Of Plastic Bottles – VIDEO

House Made Of Plastic Bottles – VIDEO

Earlier this year, Care2′s Beth Buczynski wrote here about a five-bedroom hotel in Madrid built entirely out of trash.

And now there’s a house made of plastic bottles!

Alfredo Santa Cruz survived during Argentina’s economic crash in 2001 by sorting through rubbish heaps in search of items he could sell, but now he has found a new way of making a living.

At Puerto Iguazu, near the frontier between Argentina and Brazil, you can see his amazing house made entirely with recycled materials. Its walls have over 1200 PET bottles and its ceiling, more than 1300 Tetra Pak cartons. Click here to see more.

The house is an initiative of Alfredo Santa Cruz and his family, who did it as a personal project to show the enormous value of materials we throw everyday.

As first reported by Treehugger: “Domestic waste can be transformed into useful stuff. We developed our own technique, which allows people to build a house that’s perfectly functional at a very low cost and with their own hands. This is not just a project, but a reality,” says Alfredo Santa Cruz.

In 2011, Alfredo Santa Cruz now makes his living out of conducting tours through his house of plastic bottles and teaching others how to transfer other people’s rubbish into useful goods. So far, he has taught at least 20,000 people.

You can see images of this amazing house here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQGicWQLnw0

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11:03AM PST on Dec 10, 2011

I enjoyed this article.

10:20PM PST on Nov 15, 2011

Brilliant!

11:39AM PDT on Nov 4, 2011

DOESN'T THESE HOUSES RELESE BPA AND OTHER CHEMICAL VAPORS? IS THIS SAFE TO THE HEALTH TO THE PERSONS WHO LIVE IN THE HOUSE?

PLEASE, IF SOMEONE KNOWS THAT, ANSWER ME, BECAUSE I'M CONSIDERING A PLASTIC HOUSE FOR MY ATELIER, BUT I'M AFRAID TO INHALE SEVERAL HOURS A DAY THESE KIND OF VAPORS.
THANK YOU!

7:49PM PDT on Nov 3, 2011

That is pretty cool.

11:52PM PDT on Nov 1, 2011

I think this is an ingenius idea. Though i also worry that the plastic bottles will become
eventually unsafe. Isn't this why plastic bottles are suppose to be a one time use item. We are warned of the hazzards of the plastic becoming old, which breaks down posing a health risk. I do not think i would want to breathe air saturated in plastic 24/7.

I also agree if it can be recycled it should be recycled. One day this house will become unoccupied. What then becomes of these bottles. Float out to sea? Lay scattered all over the land?

Let them be recycled and made into safer usable products.

Though the idea of a using them for a green house sounds intriguing.

It sure would get your neighbours talking!



9:09PM PDT on Nov 1, 2011

Awesome thank you!

1:39PM PDT on Nov 1, 2011

It's always good to see some ingenuity.

6:59AM PDT on Nov 1, 2011

It may a temporary shelter for a summer fun.

6:11AM PDT on Nov 1, 2011

The house looks pretty sweet, but I don't think that the bed looks too comfy!

9:54PM PDT on Oct 31, 2011

We've seen similar intiatives in the past, Earthships are a good example... But as it is in this world, governments have all sorts of building codes and nonsense in place maing it impossible to build anything that is not ordaned by 'them'. Instead of doing some investigation and incorporating these building methods, it's immediately rejected because there is no direct benefit for 'them'. It's also a case of the 'little man' getting something for nothing and 'they' definitely do not want that. And of course there's a benefit to the environment which is completely against the NWO (New World Order) plan for this planet. We are still waiting for an alternate method of dealing with waste, we've been waiting for years and yet 'they' still just dig massive holes and stick it in the ground, how nice... Of course then in years to come the risk of contamination is so great and it's turned around and blamed on us, a perfect way of controlling the masses and bringing in even more insane laws and raping us financially... 'They' do stand to benefit from this, 'they' will not allow this... 'They' are not for us, 'they' are against us and like the idea of keeping us in a state of slavery...

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