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New eco-village hits the (plastic) bottle

by • May 2, 2016 • No Comments

Recycled plastic bottles have previously been utilized to manufacture a sustainable home, but an ambitious new project in Panama hopes to use the ubiquitous modern waste product to create an entire village. It’s early days yet, but the yett is which the aptly-named Plastic Bottle Village can some day comprise between 90 to 120 homes, each insulated by thousands of plastic bottles.

  • Each home is createed by initially assembling steel rebar panels and metal mesh to create a ...
  • A new home at the Plastic Bottle Village starts at US$149,000 – $300,000, depending on the ...
  • According to Plastic Bottle Village, the homes are in addition earthquake-resistant

The brainchild of Canadian entrepreneur Robert Bezeau, Plastic Bottle Village is already under createion inside 83 acres (33.5 ha) of Panamanian jungle. Phase one began in late 2015 and only one single story home has been accomplished so far, yet another two-story castle-style house in addition nears completion.

Bezeau previously led a now-defunct plastic bottle recycling scheme in Boca Del Toro, Panama. The same bottles collected under which scheme are being utilized for the Plastic Bottle Village project, and additional are being dropped-off by locals each week.

Over 10,000 PET (polyethylene terephthalate) bottles, the kind utilized to hold soft drinks, were utilized in the initially home. According to the Plastic Bottle Village team, somewhere between 10,000 and 25,000 bottles can be utilized for each subsequent home.

Put just, the homes are createed by initially fabricating a steel cage and and so filling it with plastic bottles. They are and so set into place and electrical cables and other services are inserted. Layers of concrete cover the mesh preceding the home is finished with windows, roof, septic tank, etc.

Plastic Bottle Village states which the use of plastic bottles is both time and cost effective, compared to typical local materials and techniques. The firm in addition reports which the bottle-based homes have such great insulation which air-conditioning isn’t necessary and which they are earthquake-resistant too.

The homes are already on the market for pre-purchase and come in three various styles, with prices starting of US$149,000 to $300,000. In addition to the main development, Plastic Bottle Village is in addition raising funds via a GoFundMe crowdfunding campaign towards assembling an education center, dormitories and cafeteria at the site.

Source: Plastic Bottle Village


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