The only use for a bottle to most people would be to put their drink in, but in Nigeria they have been using thousands of bottles as sturdy and rather surprisingly attractive construction materials, which would instead of been clogging waterways and landfills. The village of Yelwa is where Nigeria’s first plastic bottle house was constructed and it has drawn hundreds of visitors, including government officials and leaders, who are all curious to see how the walls were built in the round architectural shape.
The bottles that are used to build these houses are filled with dry soil or construction waste so they remain solid, they are then laid in rows like bricks, & are bound by mud in order to make sure the bottles stay together. When finished this creates a sturdy well insulated and inexpensive three room structure, which is apparently resistant to bullets and earthquakes. The company ECOTECT are teaching the Nigerians how to build these houses which is amazing as it means that even when they leave, these houses will continue to be built by the locals and eventually full villages will be built out of these small bottle houses.
In December 2010, when 7,800 used plastic bottles were collected from hotels, homes, restaurants and embassies, the plan went forward to build the first plastic bottle house. According to Eco Nigeria the bottle houses will be solar powered with a fuel efficient clean cook stove, urine filtration fertilization systems and water purification which would make it energy autonomous. The plastic bottle house is not the only idea they have for plastic bottle buildings as they plan on building a school from 220,000 plastic bottles. This ingenious idea could be really helpful as it would mean that most people living in poverty in Nigeria at the moment would soon be able to have homes and other community buildings which would be amazing to see in the future.