In 1945, a research chemist named Earl Tupper created a drinking tumbler from polyethylene plastic. By 1947, he had developed a way to make plastic containers whose parts would form a firm and virtually impenetrable seal to air and moisture. More than three decades later, worldwide sales of Tupperware exceed $800 million annually.Tupper's success played a small part in one of the great growth industries of postwar America: plastics. Its dazzling expansion and gradual maturing are an apt metaphor for the current state of the American economy. Over the past four decades, plastics production grew more than 70 times -from an estimated 568 million pounds in 1943 to more than 37 billion pounds in 1980. But now the frenzy has abated. Since 1978, production has stagnated. Not only are sales flat, but the pace of technological development and future prospects have diminished considerably from a decade ago. The parallel with the economy could not be more striking.
This 2 bedroom house built from recycled plastic bottles is bulletproof and fireproof and can withstand earthquakes. Oh, and it also reportedly holds a comfy year-round temperature of 64 degrees F. The bottles were filled with sand and are held together by mud and cement to form a solid wall that supposedly is stronger than cinder clocks.
A man builds a wall with plastic bottles in the village of Sabon Yelwa. A group of activists have come up with a plan to build a house using bottles, providing what they say is an environmentally smart way to tackle the housing shortage problem in Nigeria.
Nineteen-year old mason, Yahaya Musa, checks a wall of made of sand-filled plastic bottles in the village of Sabon Yelwa. Sitting on 58-square metres, the two-bedroom bungalow looks like an ordinary home.
the nearly-complete home is bullet and fireproof, earthquake resistant, and maintains a comfortable interior temperature of …
When a natural disaster strikes, there’s nothing people want more than the bare necessities and a roof over their heads. Disaster relief groups go to great lengths to ensure that victims have shelter from the storm and a place to dwell during the aftermath, but when facilities become full the help has to get creative. Thankfully, there are hundreds of affordable shelters on the market and self-build homes that provide shelter and hope in these trying times.
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