How to reuse plastic bottles to build houses


As surprising as this may seem, these bottles were turned into homes. Discover Casas con Botellas, an institution of volunteers who are bringing people together to work as a team to build houses with plastic bottles for families in need.


In Bolivia, nearly 40 percent of the population lives below the poverty line, often in homes that are simple, one-room dirt shacks. There aren’t many options for well-designed, low-income housing. Ingrid Vaca Diez (Casas con Botellas) came up with an interesting solution to the problem: turning the ubiquitous plastic bottle from trash into a cheap building material.

By filling the bottles—one of the few materials available abundantly—with dirt and sand, Vaca Diez can create a sturdy alternative to bricks. So far, the self-taught designer has built ten homes.

The families she works with are often rural, indigenous migrants, and she chooses projects based on how urgent the family’s need is.

Watch this video from Al Jazeera for more on Vaca Diez’s work.

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