Sunday, November 20, 2011

House Made of Plastic Bottles in Nigeria

Nigeria faces some serious environmental issues and one non-governmental organization has come up with some creative solutions. Drinking tap water is not safe in Nigeria, so people consume a lot of bottled water and that creates a lot of plastic waste. One industrious NGO in the country is using those empty plastic water bottles as building materials.

The plastic water bottles are being repurposed to make bricks for housing. They are building homes a few miles outside the city of Kaduna, in northern Nigeria in the village of Yelwa.

That village is now the site of Nigeria’s first-ever house built from recycled plastic bottles. It’s a one bedroom set-up with all the comforts of home. It required 8,000 bottles, and built in the round style of traditional Northern Nigerian houses.

© 2011, Richard Matthews. All rights reserved.

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