NEWS

2011-12-05

Eco-home

ONE man has taken recycling to the next level - by building an entire HOUSE almost entirely from empty plastic bottles.

Everything in the ultimate eco-house is created from recycled material, with the vast majority of the walls, fixtures and even the furniture made from plastic bottles.

As well as the 1200 PET bottles in its walls, the 'The Ecological Bottle House' is also constructed from aluminium cans and re-used milk cartons.

Imaginative creator Alfredo Alberto Santa Cruz has utilised every single part of the discarded containers to build chairs, tables and beds.

The interior rooms are divided by curtains made from bottle caps threaded together, and the roof is constructed from hundreds of juice cartons flattened and made into shingles.

Mr Santa Cruz has cleverly reversed the cartons so that their aluminium lining reflects the sun and keeps the house cool.

In total, he used 1300 of the Tetra Pack containers in the roof of the house, 140 compact disk boxes for the doors and windows, 120 plastic bottles to make the chair and 200 to make the bed

Located in Puerto Iguazu, Misiones, Argentina, the house has become a tourist attraction for visitors to nearby Iguazu Falls National Park.

Even as visitors approach the ramshackle house, they are greeted by several planters made from old toilets situated at the front door, and an umbrella made from plastic bottles to provide shelter on rainy days.

The house, described as a 'prototype', only has a single bedroom at the moment, but its creator said that he wants it to demonstrate the possibilities of recycling.

Environmental campaigner Mr Santa Cruz got the idea of building a house from plastic bottles while he was building a playhouse for his daughter. 

After he finished it, he found that the plastic structure was sturdy and decided to work on a larger scale. 

Taking the concept one step further, Mr Santa Cruz built the one-bedroom cottage out of plastic bottles for himself and his family.

They sourced the materials for the house from their own household waste, as well as donations from their neighbours' rubbish bins.

It is hoped that the plastic bottle house may be adopted by those living in poverty-stricken areas as an alternative to current methods of building makeshift housing.

Whereas those dwellings are often made from highly-flammable materials, plastic bottles would minimise the risk of fires spreading throughout densely-populated slums.