24 May '11, 4pm

School built from discarded bottles

School built from discarded bottles A new school in the Philippines embraces the ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’ mantra Illac Diaz, Executive Director of MyShelter Foundation , and a host of volunteers have taken the ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’ mantra to heart with a new school built from discarded bottles in San Pablo, south of Manila. The bottles are filled with adobe, made from local mud which sets like concrete, and layered within a steel frame. The resulting wall, Diaz claims, is three times stronger than one built with traditional materials (wood, bamboo and straw) – which is no small thing in a country regularly hit by typhoons. The bottles were collected at a community centre; volunteers provided the labour, and the land was donated by the local government. Of course, the novelty factor helped to win support – although San Pablo isn’t the world’s first case of ‘bottle build’...

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