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House built with plastic and glass bottles

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A friend sent me these pictures about a house that was built using recycled materials.
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WriterofWords5 months ago

I guess it would keep the bottles out of the dump, but how do you replace glass that breaks or plastic that breaks down and crumbles and leaves holes in the wall?

Reiff5 months ago

That is...I don't know what to say, but like Carlos said, you may as well just make an adobe hut.

3366carlos4 years ago
I am not a builder, my logic tells me it is not a good idea.  The glass bottles can break and injure the occupants.  The plastic bottles are pretty much worthless, i would think none of them make good insulators.  Why even use the bottles?  Might as well make it all cement.
Dude if you are not a builder , why do make remarks when you have no idea what you are talking about. FYI the trapped air inside the bottles make a great insulator against the elements. And building ahouse in this way will save you loads of money.
Narlo11 pma02523 years ago
How are bottles a good insulator? Its the same as a window pane but only single pane. 1 Glass side and 1 bottle cap. Better off using straw or hay.
finton Narlo1110 months ago
Because they trap air (if not filled with mud), and that is the whole point of insulation materials, including straw bales. Birds fluffing up their feathers in cold weather use the same principle, as does double glazing (which is, after all, only two glass sides with a much thinner layer of air between inside and outside of the house!)
Right
I have done a roof using empy bouttles
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5QF5CRoPI1g
www.eco-tecnologia.com
 that is correct!
The bottles encase a loose medium, like dirt, construction remnants, or other material that could otherwise harm the environment.  These items could not be used like a brick without some form of casement.  The bottles solve this problem.

Making it all cement would be costly and you would still need a medium to act as structure for the cement.  You can not simply pour cement and have it form into a wall.  In the U.S., we usually use rebar and hardware cloth for this sort of application, so cement walls are somewhat expensive.  The use of the bottles reduces the materials costs as well as reducing waste by reusing materials that would otherwise end up as trash.
meganeo Anianna2 years ago
doing this with bottles also cuts out the large cost of labor, being able to do it themselves, and there might not be the need for a large sum of money at one time, making it much more affordable for many.
Narlo11 Anianna3 years ago
This isnt all roses. Some glass materials degrade from what I have read in books regarding glass as a medium instead of rock. Papercrete is a better alternative. This is a waste of something that is normally washed and reused. Where I live recycling thrives so every bottle is a 10cent refund on our deposit.
Anianna Narlo113 years ago
Papercrete is great in dryer climates, but in more humid climates, it tends to be affected negatively by the weather. When the paper content becomes saturated, it expands and holds the moisture in. It also degrades to some extent.

Perhaps I misunderstand you, but are you saying that you think glass would degrade faster than papercrete? Glass is a very long lived resource and does not pose the same problems as the paper content of papercrete.

It's fantastic if glass in your area is highly recycled. Rates of recycling vary and there are no places that pay for glass around here. There are recycle bins, but with little incentive to sort garbage, a lot of glass still ends up in landfills. Regardless, a project like this recycles those bottles into something interesting and useful. Either way, the glass is being reused, right? ;)
Narlo11 Anianna3 years ago
ya its good to re-use it but there are certain types of glass that degrade from the alkaline in the cement. I have a concrete book that says this happens with certain types. I never did tests myself but again this is what ive read.
  Ignore your "logic" and do some research. There are ENTIRE COMMUNITIES that use plastic bottles for building. Once mud is put inside of the plastic bottles they become practically indestructable and make for great housing. 

 The glass bottles aren't going to magically break with mud inside of them. That doesn't even make sense. Do you windows and glass doors at home break for no reason? A glass bottle with mud inside would be much more durable than a glass window standing on its own.
xana komecake4 years ago
     yeah but its still a cement structure from an engineering point of view the plastic bottles filled with cement or mud cause a layer a fault between the cement and it will not bond properly.     so under certain situations it is worthless.   mostly because the bottles are smooth and there is nothing for the mud or cement to stick to.     when you use brick the bricks are rough so there is room for it to bind in to. 
more than 50 project and last 9 year our houses in Honduras soport
earthquake 7.1 richter tel us don belive the cement industry !!
After 16 years living in 3 world you learn other reality
Andreas
www.eco-tecnologia.com
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5QF5CRoPI1g
give me current photos.
http://earthship.com/ check that website out, this guy Michael E Reynolds have been building houses like this for over 40+years. He has a degree in architecture and an architecture licence. This build was likely inspired from his work. He builds self supporting houses (meaning they produce the energy, water and food needed for humans to survuve) with partly recycled materials.
he also did a TED talk which can be seen here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FON-UK_1kyI

and a documentary was made about him called Garbage Warrior wich can be seen on voddler.com for free

dont be so quick to judge from ur current knowledge ;)
 Cement isn't really the greatest of the eco-friendly building products...
blkhawk (author)  Benji1014 years ago
So, which one is it?
  Um... mud.
 They make these also with a mixture of junk-mail paper pulp and cement.
Papercrete!  ^_^
Exactly!!!  People who are critical of this type of construction obviously can afford to live in "modern" houses, which are very "un" eco friendly.  But they are the types of people who don't care about our planet.  Or decent living spaces for the disadvantaged. 
We dont use cement in our walls the first house is soporting 30 to until 9 jears
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5QF5CRoPI1g
www.eco-tecnologia.com
Hi
The bouttle are filled whis earth ore construction waste and have a very good isolacion betwen the bouttle we do not use cement
www.eco-tecnologia.com
You are not a builder... so why are you making these pessimistic guesses?

This idea has been used frequently, all over the world. Glass bottles don't break, unless the owners of the houses have habits of beating their walls with hammers. Most don't.

The difference between glass bottles and cement is that cement is opaque, and doesn't let the sunlight in. Since you're not a builder, I understand why you wouldn't realize this.
xana Broom4 years ago
are you a builder.  if so i still say that you should not make personal attacks on people its just impolite. in reference "to You are not a builder... so why are you making these pessimistic guesses?"
glass bottles are no more dangerous than ceramic tile. The dead air space in the plastic bottles makes it great insulation. With the bottles, one uses less mortar and there is no need for expensive brick.
DIY-Guy3 years ago
Big plastics question, two words- UV resistance?

The star shapes look so cool in the walls!
chrwei DIY-Guy2 years ago
note that they are painted when finished...
Loopstyle2 years ago
Interesting reusing of plastic/glass bottles! I have a website (www.loopstyle.se) that shares inspiration in the upcycling area! You are more then welcome to visit and post a loop at the webpage!


Thx
blkhawk (author)  Loopstyle2 years ago
Thank you for the invitation.
onemoroni13 years ago
This is an interesting recycling and re-purposing. However I don't think it would fly in California to meet building codes. Would be good for an out building.
Super_Geek4 years ago
Actualy under the right condition (high heat with moisture and pressure, that can be achieved in most landfills) plastic will break down in about 50 years. 
"It should be noted, however, that even with biodegradable plastic materials the decomposition will normally be limited because most landfills in the U.S. are not operated in a biologically active state."
From U of Michigan Engineering dept website on bioplastics UMICH

In ideal situations, yes, anaerobic degradation of plastic in landfill does occur, but as stated above, this is not neccessarily the norm. I think that a plastic bottle in an anaerobic, or a dry climate like in the pictures above, a plastic bottle will last a very, very long time.
cincymikeb3 years ago
Saw this in North carolina see web site Marys gone wild. I dont know how strong it is but it sure is beautiful !
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chaguin603 years ago
have anybody tried using a sealer on papercret to seal out humidity in a humid climate?
ellislake3 years ago
a massive well done to you all.its an amazing idea.why isnt this used in all 3rd world countries where they dont have building regulations,it would improve life so much
I love it! I've been looking for something like this for awhile. Recycled houses amaze me. I love the star patern from the end of the bottles. Simply amazing! I love it! My husband and I are going to be buying our own home soon, and while the house we're buying is constructed by 'conventional' methods I would love to do something like this for landscaping. Amazing! Love it! Keep up the good work!
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