In this video documentary by MEL films, Robert Bezeau discusses his plan to build an entire village out of the unused plastic bottles that go to waste every day. He created the Plastic Bottle Village—a community in Panama that reuses plastic bottles to build houses, roads, and more.
About 150 million tons of plastic waste is said to be floating in our oceans. If we keep going, there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish by 2050.
The Canadian-born Bezeau moved to Panama in 2009. Over the course of a year in a half of simply picking up litter, he accumulated over a million plastic bottles. In order to eliminate the waste, he puts the plastic bottles into wire cages which then become building blocks. The cages are very light because they are filled with air, and the bottles insulate the building.
Continue to the Atlantic to see more about the plastic bottle building process, and the thoughts of one couple as they prepare to move into their plastic bottle home, which is under construction.