Outside Millet, Alta. There is a house built entirely from recycled plastic water bottles.
Ecoplast Solutions Almost finished turning 1.2 million empty water bottles into a home.
“When you tell someone you’re building a house out of recycled plastic water bottles, it’s hard to fathom,” Kelly Rogers said with a smile.
Rogers is the managing partner of Ecoplast Solutions He is happy to spread the word about this new way of building houses.
“It comes in a very high strength-to-weight ratio and doesn’t mold or rot, so it’s a long-term option as well.”
The idea originated in eastern Canada. Rogers loved the concept and decided to bring the method to western Canada.
“In the East they have a history in the marine industry. So they’ve been working with vehicles and building ships and boats their whole lives. They came across this product and realized its potential and its power and we partnered with them,” Rogers said.
The operation sees the bottles broken and turned into building slabs. It is waterproof and strong enough Withstands a Category 5 hurricane. Masonry panels also act as insulation and do not require vapor barriers.
“It’s pest-resistant, termites don’t get into walls, and they can’t chew it,” Rogers said.
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“It’s less maintenance, too. A lot of the long-term savings go into this product,” Rogers added. “We don’t actually require the use of shingles or siding. It can only be painted, but all kinds of external aesthetics can be applied.”
Another big factor: The panels take less than a week to assemble.
“The housing industry has been pretty much the same for 100 years,” Rogers said. “We are excited to show people what new and improved styles can look like.
“Reduced on-site construction time, reduced waste, all these advantages that we have brought together to build these homes.”
“The science that goes into these homes is very qualified to reach those net zero goals. It reduces our CO2 emissions in plastic recycling and the use of recycled plastic.”
He argues that more people using this method of construction will help the environment in the long run.
Rogers emphasized that “twenty-five hundred homes per year for the next forty years”. “The amount of plastic there is above the Earth’s surface, which is not being used, is an astronomical amount.”
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