Plastic Bottle Homes and Greenhouses

Americans threw away 33 million tons of plastic in 2013, according to the EPA. How long does it take a plastic bottle to degrade in a landfill? Some say 500 years, some say 1,000. Plastic hasn’t been around long enough. We (in our lifetime) will never know how long today’s petroleum-based plastic bottles take to break down in the environment. But we can do something with them while they’re around.

Plastic Bottle Homes Around the World

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eco tea house glass bottle house Eco-Tec’s Casa de la Fe. Used vehicle wheel rims make up the foundation and some of the pillars.

plastic bottle house Casa de la Fe (Faith House) Honduran Foundation for the Rehabilitation and Integration of the Handicapped. The texture of the outside surface depends on which way the bottles face. eco-tecnologia.com

plastic bottle construction Eco Tec’s Sky Field House under construction.


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The best thing, of course, would be to stop using plastic water bottles completely. We recommend these eco-friendly, reusable water bottles.


glass and plastic bottle house An Eco-Tec home in Bolivia. PET bottle bottoms on the left. Wine bottle bottoms on the right.

wine bottle house This home in Bolivia incorporates lots of wine bottles as well as PET bottles. Here they used concrete pillars instead of PET columns.

plastic bottle house Eco-Tec Africa – solving Nigeria’s housing shortage. Ecotec-Africa & physorg.com

polli rlastic bricks Polli’s self interlocking plastic bricks are translucent thereby allowing the play of natural light to shine through. The manufacturers add they are good thermal and sound insulators and can withstand hurricane force winds. No BPA, but wish they could make the fireproof backing curtain for walls out of something other than PVC. Can be used for walls, greenhouses, roofs, etc.

plastic bottle house Ecological Bottle House, near the Iguazu Falls, Misiones, Argentina.

bottle cap curtains Photo credit: Xinhua/Martin Zabala. Love the bottle cap curtains!

plastic bottle room The family will instruct anyone who is up for a visit, or if you pay for their travel expenses, they will come to you. sites.google.com

plastic bottle wall Water bottle wall in Danone office, Tokyo. Great idea as partitions in an office!

plastic bottle wall The Morimoto Restaurant’s bottle wall in NYC is composed of 17,400 half liter plastic bottles filled with mineral water and then backlit with LED lights.

plastic bottle wall Water bottle wall. The wall is two stories high.

plastic bottle wall Back outside…

Plastic Bottle Greenhouses

plastic bottle greenhouse Plastic bottle greenhouse on Blue Rock Station, Ohio. This one sits on old tires and is made from 1000 2-liter plastic soft drink bottles. Flickr photo by ticticticticboom

bottle greenhouse Plastic bottle greenhouses are all the rage in Europe. Picasa-Cudlees.

plastic bottle green house Owlsoup Photo on Flickr

plastic bottle greenhouse Plastic Bottle Greenhouse

plastic bottle fence Photo by bryanilona on Flickr

plastic bottle shed A Danish plastic bottle shed. Flickr photo By christof

Plastic Bottle House Innovations

plastic bottle house Eco-Tec’s Ecoparque El Zamorano, Honduras.

Ecological House: Constructed with 8,000 bottles with composting toilets and a solar water heating system. The green roof can weigh 30 tons when wet and has been supported by the walls without any extra reinforcement. It is the first house in the world made from PET bottles without using cement in the walls.

serbia plastic bottle house

Tomislav Radovanic, a retired math professor from central Serbia has built a house of waste plastic. “The house is comfortable and it practically cost me nothing,” Radovanovic said, adding that the bottles are good insulators. The foundation is concrete but all else is plastic; gutters, windows and furniture are made from recycled bottles. Freerepublic.com

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Eco Tec’s Sky Field House: The first vaulted ceiling using PET bottles.

All Eco-tec projects have a strong social focus. Most of the PET bottles used are recovered in clean-up campaigns and recycling drives. The community then fills them with sand. They train the unemployed and handicapped in their construction methods. They build water tanks, schools, community centers, urban benches as well as homes. Andreas Froese, Eco-Tec’s inventor hopes to also build some PET homes in Haiti utilizing construction debris. Most of the PET bottles used are recovered in clean-up campaigns and recycling drives. (www.eco-tecnologia.com)

 

Ecological Bottle House, near the Iguazu Falls, Misiones, Argentina.

Alfredo Santa Cruz and his family built this house and matching play house out of used plastic bottles, Tetra Packs and CD cases. They used 1200 PET plastic bottles for the walls, 1300 milk and wine Tetra Pack boxes for the roof, 140 CD cases for the doors and windows, plus 320 PET bottles for the furniture. (sites.google.com)

polli brick building Taiwan’s plastic bottle building: EcoARK Exhibition Hall.

Not just a bottle picked off the street. Polli-Brick from Minimize is made from recycled PET bottles. The building can be disassembled and then reassembled elsewhere. Looks like that might take a bit of time though as the building is 279 feet long.

Plastic Bottle Houses Under Construction

water bottle wall Plastic Bottle Construction. Cement.

plastic bottle construction details Plastic Bottle Construction. Adobe.

plastic bottle construction Plastic Bottle Construction. Eco-Tec in Bolivia

plastic bottle water tank Plastic Bottle Construction. Eco-Tec builds many cisterns/water tanks.

water bottle construction Plastic Bottle Construction. How to make an arch.

plastic bottle fence A painted wall.

water bottle construction Eco-Tec’s aquaduct.

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Author: Keiren

Keiren is an artist who lives in New York City. A lover of animals, nature, science & green building.

Comments
  1. God bless you all on these endeavors! May Jesus Christ give grace and strength and love to all who are working these projects.

    Craig, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

  2. thanks for this, i am an environmental student and i am looking into building houses like these for a paper, this was a great help. I can’t wait to build one myself.

  3. Please let me know the cost for building a house on the first floor of my house of about 1000 sq feet. I am in cjennai, Tamilnadu, India. Also I would like to know the construction time, strength and longivity of the construction.

    I am impressed and inspired.

  4. i would love to make a greenhouse using plastic bottles. I like the pictures of the ones that don’t appear to use cement or mortar to hold them together. How are they held together?

  5. I am really impressed and would like to congratulate you on this amazing initiative to reduce and reuse of plastic bottles.

    Is there any help or Guide book i can get to make a place near river out of this amazing and unique way.

    We get lot of snow here.

    Regards

  6. Hello

    I need to get in contact of all the builders of these homes photographed.! ASAP!

    peace and blessings

    meredith marut

  7. sir

    Here i have qury regarding water tank. if we want to be that tank on the top of roof is it possible that roof can support the weight of water if it will made off botals.? secondly if the pillar form the ground is off about three to four metter and the water tank will be preferablly two feet width, length and 5 feet height? can that structure be supportable or not./

  8. i am from Bhutan where Himalayas ranges passes by and i am pretty sure that earthquake will damage the society. And more over i am consent about the Eco-system balance. so, where ever i go i can see the wast bottle and we cannot do any thing about it.i was thinking and i got this video and i am sure that you all gonna do something about it

  9. You all have really done great job.

    i want to make same house for me in maharashatra at my village.

    can you please help me for ato create it. So i can let my village people also do..

  10. Good to see all the work related to reusing waste materials.

    One issue I did not see addressed is the breakdown of plastic by sunlight, in particular the ultraviolet radiation. Plastic exposed to sunlight will last 5 years, at most, before becoming brittle and fragile. This especially affect the greenhouses made from plastic bottles.

  11. Hi

    I am studying architecture.the bottle bricks a very impressive method.I want to use bottle bricks at my project. I would like to introduce this method to my class.Do you send me the pdf version of the plans and drawings?

    Thank you

  12. I saw a UV degradation concerning comment.I want to make some important points:

    I run a recycling business so that my large yard was/is full of various plastics over the last years.

    PET (polyethylene terephalate) resistance is great against UV.So PET(number 1 plastic index) bottles are great for this.Unfortunately PE (polyethylene) (number 2 and 4 recycling index) and PP (polypropylene) (number 5 recycling index) get brittle quickly if left under sunbeam.The delicate point is that PET bottles have PE or PP lids.One should note that chemically PET,PE and PP are distinct compounds (such as are gold,copper and iron).So the name ‘plastic’ is a general one.

  13. SO this is very inspirational. Looking to build my very first home in Mexico made of recycled material. Just don’t know where to start! I def need to do a lot of research. Where can I find more information on how to build one? This looks relatively easy but I know once I start gathering everything I will come across a lot of questions. How and where can I get more info? NEED RESOURCES PLEASE!

  14. I’ve been very interested in alternative housing options for a few years now. I love seeing how creative people can get to create a livable area.

  15. Hello,

    I am located in Mahahual, Quintana Roo, Mexico. I am really interested in finding more information about building small bungalows/cabanas here in our Caribbean beach community. I would like to use it as an example for our wonderful community, to help learn options of dealing with our plastic problem.

    Do you do seminars? Would you be willing to come and help build a structure with us and teach anyone interested here?

    Please let me know what we will need to use to build a structure that is on the beach and capable of withstanding a hurricane.

    I am very excited to learn more and have built an earthbag home in Halmahera, Indonesia as well as a straw bale home with adobe plaster in New Mexico, USA.

    Thank you for your time and I look forward to hearing from you shortly.

    Jono

  16. Hello,

    Great website.

    I have been saving my Smartwater bottles,PET 1, now for almost a year. My husband wants to recycle, calls it my junk pile! I have an idea for a structure similar to a carport/awning design. The heat and humidity here in FL would not suffice an enclosed structure. Any suggestions or info from the experts??

  17. This is simply the best idea to protect the environment. Making house of plastic bottle will not only help the homeless built their own house but also helps to keep surrounding neat and clean. I am thinking of applying this method to help the natural disasters victims in Nepal. I will work my hand on it and will at least build one home in Nepal applying this methodology. I found all the information very helpful and thank you for sharing all the important knowledge. Waiting to hear more of this kind.

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  20. Nice content… is it possible multi floor house with plastic bottle… and is it possible retaining wall?

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