Enormous Temple of Trash Made from 100 Tons of Recycled Plastic Bottles

by , 02/22/15

sustainable design, green building, recycled materials, trash temple, salzig, rotterdam, netherlands

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.

+ Salzig Design

Via Treehugger

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  1. ArchiMonsta September 11, 2011 at 8:06 am

    This is a great idea- if not appropriate for housing, it can be used for other structures in cities, such as raised gardens, walls, bridges and protective barriers! Awesome. Also cuts down on pollution and the litter problem while creating jobs. If it isn’t used more, thats a problem.

  2. zu se March 4, 2011 at 4:26 pm
  3. Kestrel Jenkins February 22, 2011 at 10:53 am

    Wow. What a statement structure.

  4. Engineering Ideas September 11, 2009 at 11:21 am

    I give it points for creativity.
    I am not, however, a fan of plastic. Its constituents (petrochemicals) are endocrine disruptors and it does God-knows-what-else to the human and animal body, not to mention the environment. In an ideal world, there would be no plastic generated but unfortunately, it’s a necessary evil. I use glass and ceramic as much as possible but there are just some things that have to be made from plastic.
    Since it’s not going to go away, I would like to see it put to use other than creating landfills, preferably something that doesn’t directly contact the body. Filler in sidewalks, insulation, things of that sort. Something that can massively put plastic to good use in everyday (ongoing) construction, which is another necessary evil.

  5. Dead_Unicorns September 10, 2009 at 10:54 am

    Let’s be rational. That is not a temple and it is not made of recycled bottles.

    What that is, is a trash heap that someone is trying to be artsy or make a statement with. It is a pile of garbage!

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