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Recycling Plastics Is Awesome! This Eco-Friendly Building Project in Northern Nigeria Gives Hope For the Future






Ever wondered about the different ways you could recycle plastic? Bet you didn’t think they could look this pretty…

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We found this interesting feature on houses made from recycled plastic bottles and we just had to share. NGO Development Association for Renewable Energies (DARE), with help from London-based NGO Africa Community Trust are working together to provide housing solutions in northern Nigeria. According to the report on, the houses made from plastic and mud are built to reduce carbon emissions.


So, how many bottles will one need to build a house?

The answer is here: ” A two-bedroom house requires 14,000 bottles to complete. To put this into perspective, Nigeria throws away three million bottles every day. Clearly, there are plenty of bottles which can be repurposed to build every individual in their own abode. 

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Talk about being environmentally friendly… and we LOVE it! For more information, read the original report HERE

Photo Credit: | Andreas Froese/ECOTEC


  1. Unique

    November 29, 2015 at 7:43 pm

    Wonderful and very creative development. However I am concerned how durable and comforts it will provide to the occupants..

    • ramat

      November 29, 2015 at 8:41 pm

      Most american homes, apart from the load-carrying members, are basically made of cardboard and wood. Trust me, it’s durable.

    • NK

      November 30, 2015 at 7:53 am

      America and Nigeria climates are not the same. He asked a question, I expect that the response should be base on the climate and weather related reasons and not two different continent comparison.

  2. Tosin

    November 29, 2015 at 8:28 pm

    Now that’s just sexy!
    I want.

  3. Corolla

    November 29, 2015 at 9:48 pm

    Pretty impressive. Great initiative.

  4. been there

    November 30, 2015 at 12:33 am


  5. REdflower

    November 30, 2015 at 3:08 am

    Interesting and innovative. Good idea for a museum. However, I ask again, did we look into the science of plastics? when exposed to the elements, plastics degrade. The materials used in plastics have various side effects from cancer to respiratory disease. See the Finnish study abstract inserted here for context and other studies just for a taste. It is good for us to adopt ideas but look around the neighborhood you are borrowing the idea from. If you dont see the concept in full implementation, dont adopt it. There is a reason why. HERE IS SOME INFORMATION FROM SOME OF MY FOLDERS.

    Jaakola 2000
    OBJECTIVES: The relation between the presence of plastic wall materials in the home and respiratory health in children was assessed. METHODS: This population-based cross-sectional study involved 2568 Finnish children aged 1 to 7 years. RESULTS: In logistic regression models, lower respiratory tract symptoms–persistent wheezing (adjusted odds ratio [OR] = 3.42, 95% confidence interval [CI] = 1.13, 10.36), cough (OR = 2.41, 95% CI = 1.04, 5.63), and phlegm (OR = 2.76, 95% CI = 1.03, 7.41)–were strongly related to the presence of plastic wall materials, whereas upper respiratory symptoms were not. The risk of asthma (OR = 1.52, 95% CI = 0.35, 6.71) and pneumonia (OR = 1.81, 95% CI = 0.62, 5.29) was also increased in children exposed to such materials. CONCLUSIONS: Emissions from plastic materials indoors may have adverse effects on the lower respiratory tracts of small children.

    Int J Environ Health Res. 2015 Nov 26:1-11. [Epub ahead of print]
    Phthalate monoesters in association with uterine leiomyomata in Shanghai.
    Sun J1, Zhang MR2, Zhang LQ2, Zhao D1, Li SG2, Chen B2.
    Author information
    Phthalates are ubiquitous environmental pollutants because of the broad use of plastics. We conducted a case-control study to determine whether uterine leiomyomata were related to exposure to phthalates. Urine specimens and questionnaires were collected from 61 cases and 61 age-matched controls. Nine phthalate monoesters were determined by ultra performance liquid chromatography coupled with tandem mass spectroscopy. Cases had significantly higher levels of creatinine-adjusted mono-iso-butyl phthalate (MiBP), mono-n-butyl phthalate (MnBP), mono-2-ethylhexyl phthalate (MEHP), mono-2-ethyl-5-oxohexyl phthalate, mono-2-ethyl-5-hydroxyhexyl phthalate (MEHHP), mono(2-ethyl-5-carboxypentyl) phthalate (MECPP), total di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate metabolites (∑DEHPmet), and total dibutyl phthalate metabolites (∑DBPmet) than controls. After adjusting for potential confounders, logistic regression analyses demonstrated that leiomyomata were positively associated with MiBP, MnBP, MEHP, MEHHP, MECPP, ∑DEHPmet, and ∑DBPmet. In summary, our data support the hypothesis that uterine leiomyomata are related to phthalate exposure.

    Environ Sci Technol. 2014 Dec 16;48(24):14228-37. doi: 10.1021/es504801x. Epub 2014 Dec 5.
    Emission of phthalates and phthalate alternatives from vinyl flooring and crib mattress covers: the influence of temperature.
    Liang Y1, Xu Y.
    Author information
    Emissions of phthalates and phthalate alternatives from vinyl flooring and crib mattress covers were measured in a specially designed chamber. The gas-phase concentrations versus time were measured at four different temperatures, that is, 25, 36, 45, and 55 °C. The key parameter that controls the emissions (y0, gas-phase concentration in equilibrium with the material phase) was determined, and the emissions were found to increase significantly with increasing temperature. Both the material-phase concentration (C0) and the chemical vapor pressure (Vp) were found to have great influence on the value of y0. The measured ratios of C0 to y0 were exponentially proportional to the reciprocal of temperature, in agreement with the van’t Hoff equation. A emission model was validated at different temperatures, with excellent agreement between model calculations and chamber observations. In residential homes, an increase in the temperature from 25 to 35 °C can elevate the gas-phase concentration of phthalates by more than a factor of 10, but the total airborne concentration may not increase that much for less volatile compounds. In infant sleep microenvironments, an increase in the temperature of mattress can cause a significant increase in emission of phthalates from the mattress cover and make the concentration in the infant’s breathing zone about four times higher than that in the bulk room air, resulting in potentially high exposure.

    • Anu

      November 30, 2015 at 5:22 am

      Guy, this is not a research panel. Do you think i’m going to read all of this? You tried, sha.

  6. St cathy

    November 30, 2015 at 9:40 am

    @redflower thanks for the info but I think it’s better to give us a summary and insert a link for those interested in academic researches.

    However, while the idea of building a house with plastics may be hazardous to health, it may be a better idea to use it for decoration of the outer walls or structures like that car port in one of the images.

  7. La Vie

    November 30, 2015 at 11:41 am

    After the epistle this person wrote, nobody now liked the post. ko da oooo.

    • MC

      November 30, 2015 at 9:11 pm

      I even chocked!!!

  8. Zayyad Baba

    May 31, 2016 at 11:02 am

    Hi. am a civil engineering graduate and i’ll like to start a catering business. I think this will b perfect for me in a bid to save cost. please can anyone help with a step by step procedure of how to build such a house? thanks in anticipation

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