We generate so much trash on a daily basis that it wouldn't be surprising if future generations mistakenly thought that we actually worshipped all the garbage we toss into landfills. That's the idea behind Salzig Design's Temple of Trash, a temporary structure built in a Rotterdam, Netherlands port area as part of the 2007 Follydock Festival. The waste-filled walls of the temple are constructed 100 tons of PET bottles pressed into bales!
While the temple is no longer standing, the trend of upcycling plastic bottles that inspired the construction shows no signs of slowing down. Other recent examples of PET bottle creativity include the “Watershed” plastic bottle installation, the Plastiki boat, and this recycled bottle greenhouse. As plastic bottle use continues to grow around the world, don’t be surprised if PET bottle structures become increasingly commonplace.