A Nigerian Engineer, Yahya Ahmed has built a house comprising of three bedrooms a toilet, and a kitchen using 14,800 pieces of bottles.
Ahmed says the house is 20 times stronger than houses built with bricks and walls and can last up to 300 years. According to him, he was motivated to come up with the idea with an initiative to reduce plastics polluting the environment.
Ahmed who is the director of a non-governmental organization, Developmental Association of Renewable Energies in Nigeria (DARE) said the house was built by his organization to encourage recycling of waste materials, create jobs, and ensure a safer environment.
Narrating the process of building the house, Ahmed explained that workers filled the plastic bottles with sand, and linked them with intricate strings around the neck of the bottles.
He revealed that the building is the first of its kind in Sub Saharan Africa and added that it is also very cheap as the building materials of such buildings are common on the streets.
The engineer revealed that the building is fireproof, bulletproof, earthquake-resistant, and can adapt to all kinds of climate changes. To him, anyone with a masonry skill can be used as a worker in constructing such a building, disclosing his organization has trained many youths on the construction of the bottle building.