School Built with Bottles, Trash, and $3k

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This school in the village of Granados in central Guatemala is a fascinating display of ingenuity and recycling.  According to an article in The Oregonian, Peace Corps volunteer Laura Kutner came up with the idea of finishing the construction of a school with the abundance of plastic waste in the area.  With the help of the local community, volunteers from Hug It Forward, and $3,000, the school was completed and painted in a vibrant orange color. 

Volunteers collected 4,000 plastic bottles and stuffed them full of as much trash as possible.  The stuffed bottles were then sandwiched between chicken wire, while volunteers also filled the gaps with plastic bags.  Then they applied a few layers of a concrete and sand mix and painted the walls directly.   

[+] Using plastic bottles to build classrooms, community in Guatemala

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Photo credits: Rob Finch for The Oregonian


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    What a great idea. I bet that this could be used to reduce waste and e-waste while building schools and hospitals in third world nations.

    -Tyler

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