First bottle house in Africa

Posted by: Saving Water SA (Cape Town, South Africa) – partnered with Water Rhapsody conservation systems – 07 Nov 2011

Each sand-filled plastic bottle weighs three kilogrammes - Photo: AFP

The idea undoubtedly seemed strange at first: take the plastic water bottles that litter Nigeria’s roads, canals and gutters and allow people to live inside them.

Not literally, but almost.

What a group of activists did was come up with a plan to build a house using those bottles, providing what they say is an environmentally smart strategy of chipping away at a housing shortage in Africa’s most populous nation.

With the prototype near the northern Nigerian city of Kaduna now well underway, the group wants to extend its efforts and build more, aiming to unleash what they say is some long bottled-up potential.

Unconvinced? Supporters say those yet to see the structure on the outskirts of the village of Sabon Yelwa can throw stones if they want to. This house is being built to last.

“This is the first house in Africa built from bottles, which could go a long way in solving Nigeria’s huge housing need and cleaning the badly polluted environment,” project initiator Christopher Vassiliu said during a tour of the building.

It is in many ways a marvel to look at. The project was initiated by the Kaduna-based NGO Development Association for Renewable Energies (DARE), with help from foreign experts from Africa Community Trust, a London-based NGO. Continue reading

Old plastic shirts for World Cup players

Posted by: Saving Water SA (Cape Town, South Africa) – partnered with Water Rhapsody conservation systems – 28 February 2010

Many of the world’s top soccer players, including Cristiano Ronaldo, will be wearing shirts made of old plastic bottles at the World Cup in South Africa.

The US uses 2 million platic beverage bottles every 5 minutes

There will be 9 national teams wearing this gear, including one of the favourites Brazil. The shirts are being made from polyester recycled from used bottles. Each shirt will use up to 8 plastic bottles retrieved from Japanese and Taiwanese landfill sites. Other teams trying out this gear include Portugal, Netherlands and the United States.

Nike, the world’s biggest sports goods manufacturer, says its new shirts will keep players drier and cooler than previous kit while reducing energy consumption in manufacture by 30% compared to normal polyester. A total of 32 teams will be at the month-long finals starting on June 11.

Manufacture of the shirts, which will also be sold to fans, used 13 million plastic bottles— enough to fill 29 football pitches— the US company said in a media release. The bottles were melted to produce polyester yarn.

South Africa says carbon emissions from the World Cup are expected to soar compared with the 2006 tournament in Germany, but it will invest in carbon credits to mitigate the impact. Nearly 7% of the emissions will come from air travel to South Africa.

Source: SowetanMobile