“Say it, before it’s too late.”
Did you know that you can make houses out of plastic bottles? By filling them with sand, and molding them together with mud or cement, the walls created are actually bullet proof, fire proof, and will maintain an comfortable indoor temperature of 64 degrees in the summer time.
And it’s not like there is any shortage on used plastic bottles out there. Here are some statistics from treehugger.com:
“The United States uses 129.6 Million plastic bottles per day which is 47.3 Billion plastic bottles per year. About 80% of those plastic bottles end up in a landfill!”
To build a two bedroom, 1200 square foot home, it takes about 14,000 bottles.
The United States throws away enough plastic bottles to build 9257 of these 2 bedroom houses per day! That’s just over 3.35 million homes, the same number of homeless people in America.
Many people in third world countries have taken up building homes out of plastic bottles, from Africa to Asia. Perhaps the trend will catch on in America and all of those bottles will stop ending up in the landfills. Wouldn’t they be better off housing the homeless? Kinda like all those empty houses scattered all over the country?
…I suddenly want to do this. Like hardcore want to do this.
Unpopular opinion here but, well.. it’s kind of an eye sore isn’t it? Let’s just house our poor in our trash. In our chew spit bottles. -shuddering- Is that what the finish product looks like, or do they attach walls and siding to it? How do they run sewer and electric through it? And after all that’s said and done, how much money are they really saving? And the homeless are homeless because they can’t support themselves, and pay for bills. How is giving them a house going to keep them in the house?
I would imagine there would be outside layers of cement or something to finish the walls. Then again, I’ve seen glass-bottle walls where the glass is left to let the light shine through and it’s actually very pretty. The finishing portion would likely be where utilities would be run, the same as it is in brick and stone houses and cinderblock buildings.
And as for housing the homeless, there are literally hundreds of houses standing empty and the only reason homeless people can’t live in them is because of a system of greed that says money is more important than people.
In addition, it’s very difficult to get a job when you’re homeless because many employers require you to have an address before they will hire you. Giving them houses, and therefore addresses, would increase the likelihood of hire, and would keep them off the streets and give them a chance to get back on their feet. It would give them shelter from the weather and a safe place to sleep, decrease the number of arrests for sleeping on park benches, and decrease the number of deaths every year from exposure and hypothermia.
And, as an added bonus, we’d be keeping tons of bottles out of landfills every year. Because not all areas offer recycling programs.
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A trip for two, that would be nice.
A vertical forest is expected to be completed this year in Milan. There are two tower apartment complexes which contain a total of 400 residential units. The facade of the buildings will be covered with 730 trees, 5,000 shrubs, and 11,000 perennial plants. It is expected to have the same ecological impact as 10,000 square meters of forest.
Aside from fighting smog and producing oxygen, the foliage is expected to provide insulation to the residential units.
Yes. This is how cities should be. Green the cities as one of several steps in making them more habitable, and build up and not out, so that we can free up more lateral space for wildlife again.