Archinect - News 2016-12-10T15:28:58-05:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149968921/this-man-is-building-an-entire-village-from-recycled-plastic-bottles This man is building an entire village from recycled plastic bottles Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-09-16T14:37:00-04:00 >2016-09-19T00:16:49-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/c7/c7df4x1s5jkn3oah.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>"Humanity went through stone age, went through ice age, and today, going through plastic age. We need to find solution,&rdquo; explains Robert Bezeau, the man intent on amending the global reach of plastic waste by building houses out of it. A transplant to Panama from Montreal, he has started building an entire village from discarded plastic bottles, placing them inside metal cages, and then stacking them into a simple house structure.</p><p>A recent scientific study estimates that currently, there are over 150 million tons of plastic waste in our oceans, and by 2050, that amount could outnumber fish. In places like Bocas del Toro, where Bezeau is building his plastic village, a rapid influx of new residents produced waste at a rate the city couldn't handle, resulting in an overflow of plastic garbage.</p><p>To cope with the issue, Bezea began gathering plastic bottles from locals and using them as building insulation. Check out <a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/video/index/500036/plastic-bottle-village/?utm_source=nl-video-series-if-our-bodies-could-talk-091516" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>The</em> <em>Atlantic</em></a>'s&nbsp;video below for his story.</p><p></p><p>Bezea isn't the only one buildin...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/26648463/africa-s-first-plastic-bottle-house-rises-in-nigeria Africa's First Plastic Bottle House Rises in Nigeria MikeChino 2011-11-07T15:07:21-05:00 >2011-11-14T12:21:44-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/kg/kgn4kk7wd0fqdw8p.jpg" width="537" height="400" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Development Association for Renewable Energies (DARE) &ndash; an NGO based in Nigeria &ndash; is almost finished with an incredible two-bedroom bungalow entirely out of plastic bottles. Although many in Kaduna were dubious when the project began construction in June this year, the nearly-complete home is bullet and fireproof, earthquake resistant, and maintains a comfortable interior temperature of 64 degrees fahrenheit year round.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html>