Alfredo lives in Argentina with his family. The economic downturn left him with so little that he was inspired him to build his home out of discarded plastic bottles. This is an example of how people do great things when their options are narrowed. Alfredo’s home is not only recycled but it’s also beautiful! Alfredo also built his daughter a playing house. That’s a cool dad! Alfredo has monetized his skill by teaching others how to build things out of plastic bottles too.
The orange house from Mexico is made of bottles filled with sand. I had to add it because I think it’s a very cute home.
In Nigeria, people filled discarded plastic bottles with sand and used them as bricks to build their homes. The sand-packed plastic bottle is twenty times stronger than bricks, more durable and it provides good insulation from the hot temperature in Nigeria. Nigeria is not the first place where people have started building with sand and bottles, it started nine years ago in India, Central and South America. (source)
“In 1919, Thayaht designed The TuTa, which he called “the most innovative, futuristic garment ever produced in the history of Italian fashion” (wikipedia)
the challenge: can you pattern a zero-waste overall AND make it chic?
“I do like the idea of all of us wearing rectangles as proposed by ljh. Kind of like what the Russian constructivists and Thayaht (Italian futurist) proposed, no? Totalitarian dress codes – bring it on! Because, let’s face it, fashion hasn’t offered much personal choice for a long time, if ever (read Sustainable Fashion and Textiles: Design Journeys); time to get honest and decisive about it, and legislate!”
-Timo Rissanen in his zero-waste-fashion blog