Nigeria’s first house built from discarded plastic bottles is proving a tourist attraction in the village of Yelwa in northern Nigeria.
“Millions of plastic bottles in the country are dumped into waterways and landfill each year causing pollution, erosion, irrigation blockages, and health problems. Bottle houses take this dangerous waste out of the environment and make it useful,” the environmental blog Eco Nigeria wrote earlier this year as the construction was in progress.
Hundreds of people – including government officials and traditional leaders – have been coming to see how the walls are built in the round architectural shape popular in northern Nigeria.
The bottles, packed with sand, are placed on their side, one on top of the other and bound together with mud.
“I wanted to see this building for myself as I was surprised to hear it was built from plastic bottles,” said Nuhu Dangote, a trader who traveled from the state capital, Kaduna, to see the house.
“They were saying it in the market that it looks like magic, that you will be amazed when you see it, that is why I have come here to feed my eyes. The whole world should come and look at it.”
The real beauty of the house is its outside wall as the round bottoms of the exposed bottles produce a lovely design.
But for those behind the project, its environmental benefits are what are most important.
Twenty-five houses, which will be available to rent, are being built on this estate on land donated by a Greek businessman and environmentalist.
Bottle House To Be Energy Self-Sufficient
According to Eco Nigeria, the bottle house will be “solar powered, with a fuel-efficient clean cook stove, urine filtration fertilization systems, and water purification tanks, thereby making it energy autonomous.” Next up: A 220,000-bottle school.