In a world where billions of plastic bottles are being used and discarded every year, coming up with a way to reuse all that waste is a challenge that must be tackled. This company in Panama may have found an innovative and low-tech solution—a village made out of recycled plastic bottles.
The Plastic Bottle Village is an 83-acre community located on prime real estate on Isla Colon near the lush tropical jungles and sunny beaches of Boca del Drago.It's filled with houses that don't look all that different from conventional homes you would find in any small town around the world; except the concrete walls are made with frames of rebar and steel mesh that are filled with recycled plastic bottles.
After the installing the necessary plumbing and electrical lines through the walls, the entire structure is covered with concrete to give it the appearance of a traditional house. Using plastic bottles for insulation is a great approach because it ensures the homes stay cool in the tropical climate without the need for air conditioning. The houses also have the added benefit of being earthquake resistant.
Once the final phase of development is complete, the village will consist of 120 homes, an eco-lodge, and a small boutique—all surrounding the community's vegetable, fruit, and herb garden. Amenities will include hiking trails, a yoga pavilion, and manicured lawns for barbeques and outdoor gatherings.
The project is still a long way from completion, but it has the potential of becoming an innovative way of getting rid of unwanted plastic waste while creating something permanent and useful at the same time. The Plastic Bottle Village still needs funding to reach its goal. If you want to help, consider supporting the project's GoFundMe fundraising campaign. For more information, visit the project's website.