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article imageMan in Argentina builds home made of plastic bottles

By Leigh Goessl     Oct 30, 2011 in Environment
A man in Argentina has been making his living in a unique fashion - he's building houses out of plastic bottles. Not only can he build them, he's now teaching others the secret of his trade so others can build their own plastic houses too.
What started off as sifting through trash in search of valuables to sell in order to make ends meet, Alfredo Santa Cruz, now has perfected a technique to build plastic houses.
Not only is the Santa Cruz home constructed from plastic bottles, CD cases were used to create windows. He's also built furniture such as chairs, beds and sofas, all from recycled items, reports BBC News.
"Domestic waste can be transformed into useful stuff. We developed our own technique, which allows people to build a house that's perfectly functional at a very low cost and with their own hands. This is not just a project, but a reality," says Alfredo Santa Cruz (courtesy of
Using an "interlocking technique" of discarded plastic bottles, Santa Cruz has learned that by filling the bottles with water or sand, this increased sturdiness and can lessen the risk of wind or fire.
Today he makes his living by conducting tours of his home and gives courses to teach others; for the latter only travel expenses and a place to stay are asked in return for lessons. To date, reports say 20,000 people have learned how to construct plastic bottle homes, and now can pass this knowledge to others to share. 9News reported, "He's taught his trade to hundreds who would be otherwise living in tents or cardboard shacks."
Reports said he and his family are constantly out looking for ways to use trash and transform it into other useful household items. The Santa Cruz family takes recycling to an entirely new level of innovation.
Over time many across the globe have taken the initiative to use recycled bottles and plastic to build, such as this house on Prince Edward Island.
For more information about Alfredo Santa Cruz and his projects, more information and photos can be viewed on his website.
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