FYC: All Bottled Up

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For Your Consideration | June 25, 2014

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Artist Willie Baronet standing before his installation of homeless signs, Dallas

Welcome to the third entry in our Summer-long series that looks at creative and *considerate* ways that people around the world are tackling issues related to homelessness, poverty, mental illness, addiction, and isolation. Be sure to visit our Facebook Page to reply to the series posts directly. Enjoy!

Today’s offering looks at the most basic issue of homelessness – that is, the state of being without a home. The Mind Unleashed, a digital platform that curates cutting edge articles and ideas, reported on a fast-growing, worldwide practice that would not only create more homes, but would also eliminate a whole bunch of waste… bottle homes! “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 a comfortable indoor temperature of 64 degrees in the summer time.”

As one of our own staff team members points out, “Bottle homes, sheds, fences – whatever! – were pretty common in our travels around Africa in the Peace Corps… and that was in 2010-2011! Good ol’ Coke might be a bit of luxury item in villages without water, but they sure did get creative with reusing those bottles!”

It is estimated that the U.S. throws away nearly 130 million plastic bottles EVERY DAY. A 1200 square foot home can be constructed with roughly 14,000 bottles. You do the math. All those sodas could be life changing one day…

Read the entire Mind Unleashed article HERE.

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