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» Listen to the Radio Show Archive Alex Jones. Building With Non-Recyclable Cardboard Bales. When we first saw Rich Messer and Ann Dowden’s home built using bales made from laundry detergent boxes (which can’t be recycled because they’re coated in wax), set on a foundation made from bales of postconsumer PVC trash (toys, laundry baskets, shampoo bottles) we thought it was brilliant.

Through the years, that snug little house—which looks just like a straw bale—has remained one of my favorites. I love to see people’s reactions when they realize the house is made from garbage. It seems so logical—such a natural use of an abundant unnatural resource. Yet the idea is just now starting to catch on. A team of Auburn University students has built a student housing apartment using a similar method, which they call Curocon (corrugated construction). Bales made from strips of wax-covered corrugated cardboard were wrapped in plastic, buried in the ground and covered with concrete to create a level surface, and more bales were stacked to build walls. Papercrete - Wikipedia Entry. Papercrete is a construction material which consists of re-pulped paper fiber with Portland cement or clay and/or other soil added.

First patented in 1928, it was revived during the 1980s. Although perceived as an environmentally friendly material due to the significant recycled content, this is offset by the presence of cement. The material lacks standardisation, and proper use therefore requires care and experience. Eric Patterson and Mike McCain, who have been credited with independently "inventing" papercrete (they called it "padobe" and "fibrous cement"), have both contributed considerably to research into machinery to make it and ways of using it for building.

[citation needed] Manufacture[edit] The paper to be used can come from a variety of sources. A typical homemade mixer uses a small electric motor mounted directly on a shaft with two four-inch square blades attached, resembling milk shake maker. Paperpulp may be added to clay soils where sand is not available. Mr. $200 Micro Houses Made From Junk. By Daily Mail Reporter Published: 01:49 GMT, 5 April 2012 | Updated: 20:37 GMT, 5 April 2012 Made from scavenged materials, Derek Diedricksen's tiny houses cost just $200 to make. What the little wooden dwellings lack in space, is made up for in style thanks to plenty of decorative detail. The 33-year-old uses parts of discarded household items to ensure each home has basic functions, the glass from the front of a washing machine is converted in a porthole-like window while a sheet of metal becomes a flip down counter. Made from scavenged materials, Derek Diedricksen's tiny houses cost just $200 to make The largest of his structures is the Gypsy Junker at 24 square feet with a roof height of up to 5ft 10inches The Gypsy Junker is made out of shipping pallets, castoff storm windows and discarded kitchen cabinets Ultimate in eco-friendly: Derek Diedricksen's homes are made from household goods 'I’ve always been obsessed with tiny architecture. 'The Hickshaw was the first one I built.'

Forest Cottage Cobbled from Scrap Beams, Floors & Doors. Issues of accessibility and sustainability drove this site-specific design solution: a narrow road required small modular pieces, while client wishes dictated extensive material reuse. Chilean architect Juan Luis Martínez Nahuel started with patio doors from a demolished 1960s home furnished, transforming them into the framework for a mostly-glazed, wood-framed front facade. Local 1970s parquet flooring were turned into new finishing materials, while used commercial steel and glue-laminated beams form the core structure. Reversing the usual process, the materials formed a foundation around which the plan more or less organically evolved – a modern take on making shelters out of what one finds at hand on the surrounding land.

The linear, single-story residence was easily assembled piece by piece using likewise simple and traditional construction tools and techniques. From Waste To Cozy Cabin. Ice Cream Bucket Igloo. This is the ice cream igloo; using large pails (20L empty ice cream containers), Pete and friends used an old satellite dish to create a form/mold around wich to assemble the pails. Each is filled with sawdust, making it a highly insulated structure. Several nails go through the lid of each pail into the neighbouring bucket, thereby holding it all together. Eventually this will be covered in chicken wire and plastered. This is the interior of the ice cream bucket igloo. Note the edge of the satellite dish visible above. They’re like giant pixels or a reverse light-brite game. Entranceway to the ice cream palace, with cut buckets in the foreground.

Photos by Tyler Austin Bradley. How to Construct Houses with Plastic Bottles !! The video shows the strength of a mud filled plastic bottle. When you make a clay brick, the time and energy used right from mixing the clay to baking it in the kiln and taking into account the firewood used for that, you will see that the bottle brick is far more energy-efficient. The technology also reduces the carbon emission that happens during the baking of an ordinary brick . The heat generation from cement factories can also be reduced as this technology uses only five percent cement.

The foundation for the entire construction is obtained from building waste and so the mountains from which granite is blasted out can be saved too.. PET Bottle can last as long as 300 years (undoubtedly longer than the cement used to bind the bottles together in the walls!). The following picture is of an ecological house constructed in Honduras using some 8,000 PET bottles, in the process freeing up an estimated 12 cubic meters (m3) in the local landfill.

Construction With PET Bottles - The Temas Blog. « BNDES cria linha de apoio para catadores de materiais recicláveis | Home | Como tener éxito trabajando con “basura” en Latinoamérica » By Keith R | November 21, 2006 Topics: Environmental Protection, Waste & Recycling | 47 Comments » (6 votes, average: 5.00 out of 5) Loading ... In a prior entry I introduced you to Brazilian experiments with constructing homes using PET bottles. The next entry in the Temas Blog will be a guest blog from Andreas himself, discussing the challenges he faced in putting together these projects and the lessons learned that can be applied by those contemplating similar projects in other Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) nations. An Award-Winning Eco-Firm with a Social Purpose The Central American Commission on Environment and Development (Comisión Centroamericana de Ambiente y Desarrollo – CCAD) recently announced the 2006 recipients of the “Award for Environmental Innovation in Central America” to publicly recognize regional experiments in eco-innovation.

Hand-Powered Machine: Plastic Bottles Into Roof Thatch. Thatch roofs are a traditional building technology in Ecuador for good reason – they keep a home cool and the reeds can be sourced locally. Unfortunately, thatch has become much harder to acquire as land for food has pushed the grass out. Roofs made from steel and fiberglass panels are woeful replacements, as they let in much more heat – and during the frequent rains they can make a racket inside. Dr. David Saiia, a professor of strategic economics and sustainability at Duquesne University has created a unique solution by taking plastic bottles out of the local waste stream and turning them into a thatch replacement with his hand-powered machine.

The idea of using plastic bottles waste as a building material has a lot of potential for its ubiquitous and durability. The system works by collecting 3 liter bottles, which are everywhere, cutting off the bottom and inserting them into a spinning drum which allow a cutting knife to run the length of the bottle. Dr. . + Duquesne University. Building With Glass & Plastic Bottles. « Protecting the Mesoamerican Reef | Home | The Mercury Threat Posed by Mining in Guyana » By Keith R | July 23, 2007 Topics: "Trash Photos" Series, Waste & Recycling | 7 Comments » Loading ... “¡Viva la Botella!” Was the title of a brief e-mail reply sent to me recently by Andreas Froese, the man behind the construction projects utilizing used PET bottles and tire rims in Honduras I profiled some months ago, and author of the companion guest post (in Spanish) to that profile”Como tener éxito trabajando con ‘basura’ en Latinoamérica“.

I’ve tried to keep in touch with Andreas over the months as he’s taken his ideas on the road, first to Colombia and now in Bolivia. While too busy right now to write it all up, he did send along a ton of photos about his Bolivian project using both used glass bottles and used PET bottles to construct buildings. All photos shown in this post are property of Andreas and his company Eco-tec, used with his kind permission. X Leave a Reply. Plastic Bottles Solve Nigeria's Housing Problem.

The idea undoubtedly seemed strange at first: take the plastic water bottles that litter Nigeria's roads, canals and gutters and allow people to live inside them. Not literally, but almost. What a group of activists did was come up with a plan to build a house using those bottles, providing what they say is an environmentally smart strategy of chipping away at a housing shortage in Africa's most populous nation. With the prototype near the northern Nigerian city of Kaduna now well underway, the group wants to extend its efforts and build more, aiming to unleash what they say is some long bottled-up potential.

Unconvinced? Supporters say those yet to see the structure on the outskirts of the village of Sabon Yelwa can throw stones if they want to. This house is being built to last. It is in many ways a marvel to look at. Sitting on 58-square metres (624-square feet), the two-bedroom bungalow looks like an ordinary home, but it differs in many ways. Thai Temple Built From One Million Recycled Bottles. The Wat Pa Maha Chedio Kaew temple has found a way to bottle-up Nirvana, literally. The temple, which sits in Thailand’s Sisaket province, roughly 370 miles northeast of Bangkok is made of more than a million recycled glass bottles. True to its nickname, “Wat Lan Kuad” or “Temple of Million Bottles” features glass bottles throughout the premises of the temple, including the crematorium, surrounding shelters, and yes – even the toilets.

There’s an estimated 1.5 million recycled bottles built into the temple, and as you might have guessed, they are committed to recycling more. After all, the more bottles they get, the more buildings they are able to construct. The bottle-collection-turned-building started in 1984, when the monks used them to decorate their shelters.

The shiny building material attracted more people to donate more bottles, until eventually they had enough to build the temple standing today. . + Yahoo News Via NotCot. POLLI Bricks: Build A House With Recycled Bottles. The creative minds at miniWIZ recently debuted the POLLI-Brick, a recycled polymer bottle that can be interlocked to build an incredible array of structures. Made from recycled PET bottles, the lightweight bricks offer excellent acoustic and thermal insulation and can build anything from fences and roofs to pots for plants, skylights and beautiful walls of light. Anyone who has taken a trip to the United States’ southwest desert has likely seen early examples of recycled-bottle architecture.

From miner’s shacks to elaborate residences, these practical and ingenious structures helped early frontiersmen and women settle The West. Now miniWIZ, the creative team that brought us the HYmini, miniNOTE and SOLARBULB, have taken the idea and transformed it into a fantastic new technology. POLLI-Bricks possess incredible thermal and sound insulating characteristics in addition to an awesome strength to weight ratio, which should make them a hit with architects and builders alike. . + miniWIZ. Ecological Bricks - The Temas Blog. « IDB Loan for Sustainable Tourism in Costa Rican Wilderness Areas / Prestamo de BID para turismo sostenible en áreas silvestres de Costa Rica | Home | Implications of the Stern Review for LAC, Part I » By Keith R | December 24, 2006 Topics: Environmental Protection, Waste & Recycling | 13 Comments » (2 votes, average: 3.50 out of 5) Loading ...

It’s been interesting to see how much the articles on the Brazilian and Honduran buildings made using PET bottles have captured the imagination of so many readers. Since then I have been alerted to several other examples of recycled trash being used as building materials. “Ecological Bricks” for Low-Income Housing in Argentina One example involves bricks developed by Argentina’s Experimental Center for Economical Housing (Centro Experimental de la Vivienda Económica – CEVE). The plastics are ground up and then mixed with Portland cement and chemical additives to make the bricks and something CEVE calls “brick plates.” Other Argentine Experiments. Off The Grid Build - Making Bottle Bricks. Make Your Own Inexpensive Utility Sink Built From A Plastic Barrel Half. Cutting the curve on the coupling is the trickiest part of the whole project.

You could do it with a saw if you clamp the piece in a good vise, but I chose to use the coarse wheel on my bench grinder to carve away the coupling above the line. This method proved to be quick and easy, but if you do it this way be sure to wear safety goggles and a filter mask as it does create fumes and little bits of plastic. You'll notice that I also carved out a flat "key" on one side of the coupling. In hindsight, I don't think this is necessary. I was trying to give the drain a little resistance to turning in the socket, but by the time I'm done describing this project you'll see why it's probably not needed.

Once you're satisfied with the fit you can use hot glue to hold the new drain in place. How To Make A Decorative Pond From Old Tires. Tyre Ponds are a great little garden feature that can enhance the overall aesthetics and integrated pest management of a site. By inviting biodiversity into the site we can make the system more resilient and attractive which tyre ponds do so elegantly.

Here are the steps you need to do in order to create your own decorative pond. It is a fun way, that helps you re-use an old tire. Firstly what you need to do is dig a hole in the ground, the size of your tire. then make sure your tire fits perfectly in the hole and put it there. Ready for more amazing ideas? Mobile Fold-Out Shipping Container Home. How To Reuse Pallets. Cargo Container + Wood Pallet Homes. Smart Communities Network: Recycled-Content Building Materials. Second Hand Building Materials.