An Island Made Of Plastic Bottles

Spiral Island

In 1998 British eco-pioneer Richart Sowa began filling nets with empty discarded plastic bottles to support a structure of plywood and bamboo, on which he poured sand and planted numerous plants.

The end product was Spiral Island – a floating artificial island sporting a two-story house, a solar oven, a self-composting toilet, and three beaches in a lagoon near Puerto Aventuras, on the Caribbean coast of Mexico south of Cancún. Sowa used some 250,000 bottles for the 66ft by 54 ft structure and even planted mangroves to help keep the island cool, and some of them rose up to 15 ft high.

Spiral Island I was destroyed by Hurricane Emily in 2005 but a resilient Sowa built a new Spiral Island II in Isla Mujeres, Mexico.

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6 Responses to An Island Made Of Plastic Bottles

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  2. durox says:

    that’s just great ;]
    have your own island, and help keep the planet clean…

  3. lmaowut says:

    uhh.. well thats awkward but cool.

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