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Houses made with plastic bottles offer a solution that is economical, anti-seismic, and ecological

November 17, 2017 • By Shirley Marie Bradby

Recycling is a noble activity, but in many cases, it is hard to make it something that everyone does. This is because perhaps, fortunately, it is still a choice for us, but for many people, recycling is the only option available.

In Nigeria, for example, it was not a question of following a new trend, when plastic bottles were used to build houses.

As a matter of fact, this is a project promoted by Dare, an association for the development of renewable energies, which is trying to solve the growing housing emergency in Nigeria.

Due to the economic crisis that has hit Nigeria, many people cannot afford to buy or build a home.

The idea of ​building houses using plastic not only cuts the cost of building a home but also has a beneficial impact on the environment.


In fact, the plastic bottles used are collected from the road or from the garbage dumps. Then, they are filled with sand, mixed with a lime and assembled one on top of the other to form a wall.

The engineers who developed the project confirm that this type of construction is at the same time anti-seismic and bulletproof.

Homes are zero-energy as they are fueled by solar panels and methane gas which is generated by human and animal waste.


To build a two-bedroom house it takes about 14,000 plastic bottles and for a school about 200,000.

This should not be a problem for Nigeria because it is a country that throws away about 3 million plastic bottles each and every day!


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