Thursday, March 14, 2013

Soda Bottle Houses

Building Houses from sand and recycled plastic soda bottles is quickly becoming the new construction method around the world. These homes are not only inexpensive to build, but the sand acts as an insulation and also has proven to be structural. 

The house below has a heavy earth/green roof weighing up to 30 tons when wet and yet the only support is in the bottles themselves without any extra reinforcement. Constructed from 8000 bottles, it is the first house in the world made from PET bottles without using cement in the walls. This house is located in Honduras 

Some houses are made using a combination of glass wine bottles and plastic PET bottles. The house shown below features wine bottles on the right wall and soda bottles on the left. This creates an attractive pattern to the wall. This house does use the cement with the bottles.


Houses made from glass bottles have been around for a very long time. Bottles were used as building material because of lack of trees in the area and of course cost. Many of these houses still stand today.

One the most famous older glass bottle houses in the US is located in Kaleva Michigan. The house was completed in 1941 and is made from over 60,000 glass bottles and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  Once inside it looks like any other home. 

If a house is just too much to think about. Perhaps a simple backyard wall is good start. The bottles produce a nice texture and with sand they could be a great sound barrier as well. 

Amazing Recycled Products, Inc. P.O. Box 312 Denver, Colorado 80201 1-800-241-2174 amazingrecycled,com

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