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Inspirational Story of the Week: June 15, 2021

Nigerian Houses Being Built From Plastic Bottles - 12x Stronger Thank Brick And Earthquake Strong

Reprinted from Good News Network website...

There are houses in Nigeria being built with a lattice-work of discarded plastic bottles filled with sand, offering lower prices and greener construction methods to rural villages.

Along with being able to withstand both earthquakes and bullets, the raw materials are essentially free, and their harvesting provides a much needed relief from piled-up rubbish along roadsides.

Discarded plastic bottles can be found in almost any square mile on Earth, and in Nigeria, one of the most populated African countries, there are enough to create sustainable construction businesses.

Called bottle-brick technology, Al Jazeera reports that they are 18-times stronger than regular bricks.

In the central state of Kaduna, the brains behind the project employ out of school or jobless youth filling bottles with sand before stacking them amid a glue of traditional mud technology, and securing the outside with a net. The result looks quite striking and can cost a third less than traditional housing in the region.

As many as 14,000 plastic bottles will go in to making a house, and the company is hoping to pitch the project to the Nigerian government in order to secure some additional funding and expand the enterprise.

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