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Island Made of Plastic Bottles? (VIDEO)

Island Made of Plastic Bottles? (VIDEO)

A while back we watched the long journey of a plastic bag from a grocery store parking lot to the great garbage dump in the Pacific Ocean. 

Plastic bottles cause a similar problem. The bottles are bulky and remain in landfills for hundreds of years.

Here is one imaginative solution: bundle them together and create a plastic bottle island. That is exactly what Richie Sowa has done near Cancun. 

His little island paradise has a population consisting of Richie, two cats, one dog, two chickens and a duck. He continues to collect bottles to add to his island in hopes of one day taking it out to sea as a kind of small, floating country and demonstration of one way to deal with the plastic bottle threat.

Watch and and let us know what you think of this creative solution to the plastic problem.

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1:01AM PDT on Jul 29, 2011

This is a very sad story. Other animals has to go only because "we" humans do not want to share the world with other life forms, these life forms "we" would not eat (vegetarian food is not a bad idea, or eating with conscience as the so called primitive cultures did and still do, if they still exist. No meat/fish every day). "We" destroy averything around us and "we" forget, that everything is important to survive, too.

As little child i thought that rain is when God and the angels cry - because "we" humans have forgotten that we need this "intelligence", someone who could help... if "we" hadn't turned away for many centuries ago...

"Only when the last tree has been cut down; Only when the last river has been poisoned; Only when the last fish has been caught; Only then will you find that money cannot be eaten."
(Native American proverb)

"We have learned to fly the air like birds and swim the sea like fish, but we have not yet learned the simple art of living together as brothers." (Martin Luther King)

5:18PM PST on Jan 22, 2011

Thanks for the article and video. I believe strongly in reduce, reuse, recycle. I would rather see plastic bottles recycled, however, this is better than going into a landfill.

7:26PM PST on Jan 14, 2011

You have to go visit floating homes to understand that this man may be on to something. They too are floated under similar construction, and we have some here (Canada) that are almost 100 years old! What this man has done better is to be able to grow and exist on his creation. Should we follow his pattern? It's individual choice. I say "GO FOR IT" if you are so inclined. Sometimes, when you look at how densely packed in urban housing is, this man may be the wiser of the pack...

7:38AM PST on Jan 14, 2011

Noted!!

6:21PM PDT on Oct 7, 2010

Stupid idea! He might be able to live on it & enjoy it for several years but eventually the fish net & plywood will rot & his island will fall apart. Where does he get drinking water & water to bathe in? If he tries to take it on a long journey, he could drown as well as his pets. Dumb, Dumb & Dumber!!

3:04PM PDT on Sep 30, 2010

thanx Cris, good comments, at least he did something that his pets are using temporarily? Also, he's gettin attention. Adios Amigo, God Bless all Care 2 Tribe.

10:42PM PDT on Sep 26, 2010

So many careless idiots simply throw them in the trash or on the ground. I mean, recycling is just so labor intensive and difficult. At least this guy is doing something useful with them.

4:31AM PDT on Sep 23, 2010

No, we don't need plastic islands.

We need to figure out how to spend less money buying drinks in plastic bottles. I personally hate buying drinks such as Vitamin Water, (and others) in one-use bottles. I think those who develop and market drinks like those need to also offer a recycle and reuse policy instead of making people buy more and more plastic bottles.

Splitting garbage up into recycle and non-recycle isn't enough anymore.

Just my 2 cents...

11:58AM PDT on Sep 22, 2010

interesting, but I still think it might be better to recycle them in other ways.

11:48PM PDT on Sep 21, 2010

He is a legend! there is a boat made from plastic bottles called the Plastiki. Has anyone seen it? I visited it when it came to Sydney a couple of months ago. Fascinating.

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