Gallery: Hug It Forward’s New House Made of Plastic Bottles Clears Anot...

Hug It Forward, a non profit organization that spreads hugs and love simply for the sake of goodness, has already helped build ten new schools for communities throughout South America in order to promote learning. This one in Las Mananitas on Guatemala's Pacific Coast is their seventh. In addition to providing a much needed space for kids to learn in, each school also displaces up to 5,000 plastic bottles and 2,053 pounds of trash!

Hug It Forward brings communities together with a worthwhile goal: to get the project done “as one”. It’s an inspiring self and community empowering initiative that also has certain environmental benefits. For months, communities work together to collect the trash that is used to insulate their schools, taking it off their streets and right into the walls of their new buildings.

The bottles are then stuffed with plastic bags and other waste before the whole thing is then enmeshed in chicken wire. The wire is attached to the framing, and then everything is stabilized with concrete – which is not our favorite building material, but does work to render the building completely safe. We’re not sure if the carbon footprint of concrete negates the rest of the building’s goodness, but we do have to give kudos where they are due. Also, you may have notices that this particular project in Las Mananitas has a bamboo roof! If you like this post, please, hug it forward!

+ Hug It Forward


or your inhabitat account below

get the free Inhabitat newsletter

Submit this form
popular today
all time
most commented
more popular stories >
more popular stories >
more popular stories >
Federated Media Publishing - Home