Recycle Your Plastic Bottles, Make Bottle Bricks!

@bookbar (1612)
Sudbury, England
December 31, 2015 9:23am CST
Ever wondered what other uses, all those plastic bottles, could be put to,other than filling up your recycling bin? Bottle Bricks could be your answer and a way of utilising all your other bits of inorganic waste. This method of turning the evil plastic into something useful, is already being used in poorer countries, with few resources for building anything. Many useful structures can be made utilising this method, even in your own garden, such as sheds, plant shelters, benches and a multitude of other things, merely dependant on your imagination. So how do you make the bricks...simple, Stuff all and any plastic waste into the bottle and use a sturdy stick or the end of a wooden spoon to stuff it in! Its very important to stuff as you go so that you minimize air space and maximize the amount of trash you can fit in. Smaller pieces of trash work better. It's a great project for keeping kids amused too... you might like to try some smaller structures, before you launch a project of housebuilding, as in the picture! You can learn more here: shareable.net/blog/how-to-transform-plastic-“waste”-into-a-bottle-brick Or here: earthbench.org/how-to-earthbench.html Happy Bottle Bricking for the New Year
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@trivia79 (7887)
• El Segundo, California
1 Jan 16
Many projects in poor towns in the Philippines already doing your idea. It feels so good that people care so much for the nature and for the future. Reduce! Reuse! Recycle!
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@bookbar (1612)
• Sudbury, England
1 Jan 16
@trivia79 Trouble is Adam, we in the West are too pampered to reach out to utilising basics, as was once the case, so we have largely forgotten how... We need to relearn lots of things, and stop living in a commercial vacuum..
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@trivia79 (7887)
• El Segundo, California
4 Jan 16
@bookbar But I think Western people also greatly contributing to the improvements of the garbage problem. In fact, they are the ones who pioneered some of the process that we Easterns adapt and using now.
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@bookbar (1612)
• Sudbury, England
4 Jan 16
@trivia79 Yes great,,but just have to hope, It's not too little, too late
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@hostessman (10261)
• Tucson, Arizona
31 Dec 15
@bookbar I will say that I never heard of doing that with the bottles. I guess I am not to old to learn something new. Thanks for the information. Don't get me wrong I am not going to build a house , but it was still interesting...
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@bookbar (1612)
• Sudbury, England
31 Dec 15
@hostessman How about this garden bench, artistically covered in it's 'cob'(earth/mud) mix
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@hostessman (10261)
• Tucson, Arizona
31 Dec 15
@bookbar Is this something you made or did someone else make it? Where do you get enough bottles to do this?
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@bookbar (1612)
• Sudbury, England
31 Dec 15
@hostessman No This is not mine, but it is an artistic view of what can be done.... and you just rob your neighbours of their recyclables
@Elizaby (4186)
• Pensacola, Florida
1 Jan 16
That is a good idea and it is a form of recycling.
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@bookbar (1612)
• Sudbury, England
1 Jan 16
@Elizaby Would be good if we all,once in a while got back to basics and stopped using Commerce as a crutch in our daily lives
@GardenGerty (105281)
• United States
31 Dec 15
Years ago I saw a house made of glass bottles. It was pretty. Not sure I would like the plastic. I am trying to buy more things in glass.
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@bookbar (1612)
• Sudbury, England
31 Dec 15
@GardenGerty The plastic bricks are not viewable,once covered with their earth/mud mix of 'cob'
@DWDavis (15713)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
31 Dec 15
This is a great way to utilize the bottles without having to process the plastic at a great expense in energy. And using different colored bottles and filler and turn the project into a work of art.
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@bookbar (1612)
• Sudbury, England
31 Dec 15
@DWDavis Just like this, with it's 'cob' covering
@1hopefulman (34749)
• Canada
31 Dec 15
I have seen that video before and loved it. We can be constructive rather than destructive, if we think. If we think, we might not sink. I buy very little in plastic bottles these day and recycle whatever I have. All the best!
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@bookbar (1612)
• Sudbury, England
31 Dec 15
@1hopefulman Recycled Bottle Brick Bench made of recycled glass, found objects, and adobe
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@celticeagle (121017)
• Boise, Idaho
1 Jan 16
This is a good thing to keep in mind. I saw a house made of glass bottles too. It was really pretty I thought. I don't buy much in glass.
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• Clarksville, Tennessee
31 Dec 15
That's awesome! Thanks for sharing!
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• United States
31 Dec 15
That is a great way to reuse recycles! Thanks for sharing with us!
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@LadyDuck (187949)
• Switzerland
31 Dec 15
I remember that I saw a house made this way in the United States, but I cannot remember the location.
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@Poppylicious (10077)
31 Dec 15
I don't think I use enough plastic bottles to be able to make anything constructive! Happy Bottle Bricking to you, too!
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• United States
31 Dec 15
Sounds like an interesting way to recycle those bottles. Mine go into a recycling bin and are used for a variety of things. Amazing how recycling can create all new things from other things
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• United States
31 Dec 15
I don't think this would go over very big around here.
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@JudyEv (141210)
• Bunbury, Australia
28 Apr 16
What a great idea. I missed this post first time around.