Yahaya Ahmed, a Nigerian engineer, built a house in Kaduna using 14,800 plastic bottles filled with sand as bricks.
According to Premium Times, Ahmed is the director of a non-governmental organisation, the Developmental Association of Renewable Energies in Nigeria (DARE).
The engineer said the house was built by his organisation to encourage waste recycling, create jobs and ensure a safer environment in Nigeria.
How was the house built?
Explaining the construction process, Ahmed says workers filled the plastic bottles with sand and tied them around the neck with an intricate network of strings. This masterpiece, he says, is the first of its kind in sub-Saharan Africa. It has three bedrooms, a toilet and a kitchen. In terms of strength and durability, Ahmed said the house is “20 times stronger than brick houses and can last over 300 years if built correctly and with care.”
The house is resistant to fire, bullets, earthquakes and can adapt to weather changes.
A Nigerian, Engr Yahaya Ahmed builds house with 14,800 plastic bottles in Kaduna. pic.twitter.com/7fA7RwfU2n
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This house is cheaper because building materials are available on the streets and at garbage collection centres.
Ahmed’s goal is to reduce the amount of plastic that pollutes the environment and causes disease and other disasters.
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