Believe it or not, this is awesome. Plastic bottles are non-biodegradable. What can we possibly think of other than reduce the use of plastic bottles, reuse them and recycle them to minimize their accumulation underground. If you want to guess what this guy did, don’t restrict your thoughts to a possible territory. Think the unthinkable because that’s what this guy Richart Sowa called Rishi did. This eco-pioneer, artist, and musician, originally from England, built a floating island using just bottles. Yes, you read it right – an island with just bottles, in a lagoon near Puerto Aventuras, on the Caribbean coast of Mexico south of Cancun.
Check out the video to believe what you read. The island bears a two-story house with a solar oven, a self composting toilet, a dish-washer and mangrove plantations gives a reminiscence of “Cast away”, yet has the essential facilities, if not sophisticated. Rishi has used 250,000 bottles on the whole to build the house, a 66ft (20 m) by 54 ft (16 m) structure. He laid the foundation also with bottles, that he claims took him 6 months and to complete the construction starting from 1998, it took him about two-and-a-half years. He seemingly used wooden planks and bamboo for supporting structures.
Far from the madding crowd, this would be the most-wanted atmosphere for an insular person. Although, the effort and idea is appreciable, the longevity of a structure built with something as light as plastic is a matter of question. As one would have expected, it was destroyed by the hurricane Emily, in 2005. In August 2007, however, Sowa announced that he will rebuild it. Hats off to his determination. Well, one can only hope his efforts don’t turn out to be futile.
Check out the video after the jump.