Did you know that you can make houses out of plastic bottles? By filling them with sand, and molding them together with mud or cement, the walls created are actually bullet proof, fire proof, and will maintain an comfortable indoor temperature of 64 degrees in the summer time.
And it’s not like there is any shortage on used plastic bottles out there. Here are some statistics from treehugger.com:
“The United States uses 129.6 Million plastic bottles per day which is 47.3 Billion plastic bottles per year. About 80% of those plastic bottles end up in a landfill!”
To build a two bedroom, 1200 square foot home, it takes about 14,000 bottles.
The United States throws away enough plastic bottles to build 9257 of these 2 bedroom houses per day! That’s just over 3.35 million homes, the same number of homeless people in America.
Many people in developing countries have taken up building homes out of plastic bottles, from Africa to Asia. Perhaps the trend will catch on in America and all of those bottles will stop ending up in the landfills. Wouldn’t they be better off housing the homeless? Kinda like all those empty houses scattered all over the country?
Happy Earth Day!
Sending my love and respect to the people of Boston. A city that I love.Shakib
Happy Places - there are some places and moments that I’ve experienced where I feel really peaceful and happy. These are some of them.
Wildflowers in the Grand Tetons
A walk in the woods in Amherst
Outside my apartment in Amherst on a spring day, the fire hydrant was spraying
Sagebrush in the Tetons
Walking my dog, Queenie, in a field near my house in VT
A field where I rode my bike in Amherst
Outside my house in VT during a sunshower
An early morning hike from a cabin where I spent the night in Barnard, VT
U-Mass Basketball Player Derrick Gordon on becoming the first openly gay NCAA basketball player, and staying true to himself no matter what.
Image: Brittney Griner puts up a shot against Japan during a 2013 preseason WNBA game in Phoenix. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
At 23, Brittney Griner is one of the best female basketball players in the world. She came out as a lesbian while playing at Baylor University, and today she brings a defiant gender nonconformity to the court and to the culture that surrounds it. But she wasn’t always so sure of herself. She tells NPR’s Neda Ulaby:
"Growing up, I always got ‘She’s a man,’ or ‘She plays too hard,’ or ‘There’s just no way that she can be that good because, you know, a girl can’t do that.’ And I struggle with it a little bit. I’m like: Well, am I going too hard? And then I just realized, like, I’m a competitor. I want to go as hard as I can, and if I look like a guy out there playing ball, well, hey, I feel sorry for the opponent."
Griner’s memoir, In My Skin, is out this week. You can read (or listen to) Neda’s profile of her here.
I love this little guy