Guatemalan Schools Built from Plastic Bottles

Sep 20 2011

You all might remember our post on a floating dining room made from plastic bottles, well now there are some schools being built in a similar way!

Hug it Forward, a non-profit in Guatemala, is using plastic bottles to build schools, cutting down on pollution and waste as well as cost.  Pura Vida, the non-profit responsible for the design of the schools, has been able cut down the price of the schools  so they can be built at a cost of $10,000 or less.

The design of the schools is pretty cool. The plastic bottles are stuffed with trash, tucked between supportive chicken wire, and coated in layers of concrete to form walls between the framing. The bottles make up the insulation, while more structurally sound materials like wood posts are used for the framing.

One added bonus of the nonprofit’s work is educating local children about the environment by helping them gather the bottles that end up in their schools’ walls.

A two-classroom schoolhouse built by Hug it Forward in Granados used up 5,000 bottles, which otherwise would’ve kicked around the town’s street or ended up in a trash heap. Hug it Forward has already built 12 schools around the country, with four more in the works.

Sea•thos is loving this new alternative way to the green, eco-friendly, ocean-loving lifestyle that benefits everyone involved.

Thanks GOOD for the article!

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