Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Bolivian Bottles Build Houses
Glass, sand and trash are being recycled into homes in Latin America.
The new eco-campaign, called Casas de Botellas, started in Bolivia with the hopes of giving the country's poorest a chance to make a place to live.
The houses are created from materials like glass, bottles, honey, oil and milk. Even feces are used in the mixture.
After they build the houses, combining the mixture with things with bricks, lime and cement, the Latin American Herald Tribune reported, the houses get a coat of paint. Families also grow gardens for their own grass and flowers.
The program's in Bolivia, Argentina and Uruguay, with a handful of houses in each, and one house will soon be built in San Pablo, Mexico.
Ingrid Vaca Diez, a Bolivian, started the eco-friendly program to help poor Bolivians.
Sources: Efe, ABC.es, LAHT
Photo: Efe via El Mundo