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:
Photo Credit: christof tof