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Entire village made out of recycled/repurposed trash as a tourism attraction

Image credit: Plastic Bottle Village located on Isla Colón in Panama

Darko Savic
Darko Savic Jun 24, 2021
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The idea is for locals in difficult financial situation to rise out of poverty via collaborative effort and create a tourist attraction - a village where EVERYTHING is made out of recycled trash that would otherwise end up in landfills.

I'm not suggesting to just pile up trash. Instead, there should be a good initial design. Plastic and glass should be melted and cast into forms. Makeshift recycling processes should be invented.
  • Locals should create tools to help them convert the trash.
  • The tools/factories and the recycling processes should be shown to tourists in guided tours.
  • Locals should aim to amaze with creativity. Invent processes and showcase them in social media (to attract more tourists).
  • In addition to the village being 100% recycled, it should also serve as a recycling "Mecca" where people form all over the world come to help and be creative.
  • For tourist accomodation copy luxurious high-end hotels, but do it out of recycled material.

  • Everything in the village should be social media photo-worthy. Infuse the vilage with burning-man style art.
The idea was inspired by this session. As I was searching for a suitable header image I ran into this - a Plastic Bottle Village located on Isla Colón in Panama.
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Spook Louw
Spook Louw3 years ago
That's a great idea, while doing research for the previous session, I also came across this Nigerian man who effectively created bricks for building houses by filling plastic bottles with sand. - https://www.legit.ng/1399841-nigerian-man-builds-house-14800-plastic-bottles-kaduna-photos.html
As you can see, the houses are well built, they don't look like piles of waste, but rather like actual houses and according to the engineer who built them, they are actually stronger than houses built with cement, as well as being less flammable than houses built out of wood or bamboo.
If you have a look at some of the low-cost housing in places like Africa, South America and parts of Asia, you can see the desperate need for affordable (almost free) housing. - https://www.soweto.co.za/gallery/SowetoLife/squatter1.html
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