What’s your impression or idea about a “Bottle School”?, a school that studies bottle materials? Perhaps, that would be our first impression or idea about it, but guess what? It is a school building whose walling is made of file used bottles. This kind of school infrastructure is the first of its kind in the Philippines. It is an alternative way to solve school building problems in less funded localities in the Philippines and even help the environment though recycling used bottles and avoid too much garbage in the localities.
This kind of school building was the idea of the Philippines known social entrepreneur Mr. Illac Diaz from his MyShelter Foundation who also build the Earthen Home in the Philippines (The Earthen Home is an Eco-Dome House made from natural materials).With his foundation they held a fundraising project in order to build this bottle school project which they call it the First Soda PET Bottle house in the Philippines. Actually, it is not only the Bottle School project they are aiming to build as an alternative solution for school infrastructure on poor localities in the Philippines, but also some alternative environment-friendly school buildings like Earthen Schools and Bamboo Schools, which is truly a very good alternatives and also an efficient way to solve environmental problems in respective localities in the Philippines. Moreover, it could also solved or rather minimize corruption of local funds in buying conventional construction materials like cement, gravel and sand and hollow blocks; and focus the local funds on other projects in the localities that needed utmost attention and funds.
In question about the strength of these recycled materials against strong winds and other natural elements that could test the strength and vulnerability of these recycled materials, of course, there is cooperation with the construction sector regarding the strength and vulnerability and how they will be constructed well.
The construction sector is always cooperative regarding the use of environment-friendly materials in construction materials. I remember, there is also an idea on the construction sector to mix some non-biodegradable materials in concrete mixture, like glass fragments to reinforce more the concrete mixture aside from gravel and sand.
The PET bottles are the bottles made from polyethylene terephthalate(PET) materials like you plastic Coca-cola bottles, instant juices and tea bottles; these kind of used bottles are the ones being proposed to be used as an alternative of common hollow blocks used in building a home or building.