Category Archives: Green Construction

"Trashy" Construction!!

A home with glass bottle walls? A house with an exterior covered in old bottle caps? 5,000 glass bottles, 30,000 bottle caps, 1.5 million plastic bottles?! People all over the world are taking what would usually wind up in their landfills or waterways and using them to build walls, homes for families or simply giving the outside of their house a seriously colorful facelift! See what I mean….

 Olga Kostina of Russia has collected THOUSANDS of bottle caps over the years that she hammers one by one to the outside of her home to create colorful patterns and even some animal pictures. She is amazing!! 
(photos from Tree Hugger)
 A close-up if the individually hammered caps.

Olga Kostina
 Men in Nigeria are using old plastic bottles filled with dry soil to build 3 room structures for families. 
(photos from Tree Hugger)

 A recycled soup-can pavilion in Bat-Yam, Israel serves as art and a seating spot. 
(photos from Recyclart)
 Another Olga of Russia, Olga Queen, spent 6 months collecting the glass bottles to use as the walls for her home! Incredible. 
(photos from Tree Hugger)
Olga Queen
 The EcoARK in Taiwan was constructed using 1.5 MILLION plastic bottles!!! Yes, you read that correctly.
(photos from Tree Hugger)

Zero-Carbon House!!

Imagine if your home were as earth friendly as it was functional. The home at 58 Stevens Street in Australia is just that. To be deemed zero-carbon, the home has to generate as much power as it uses thereby giving it no carbon footprint. Earthcare Developments worked with Officer Woods Architects and used software created by eTool to develop the Earth respecting townhome. Most of the materials to build the home were salvaged from the home site and 90% of whatever was left over was recycled. All of these fabulous Earth respecting facts aside, the home is beautiful and unique. Way to go to all involved!!!
(photos from Inhabitat and Earthcare Developments)