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Tue Feb 5, 2013, 05:42 PM

Garbage Homes

Garbage Homes - Bolivia

Ingrid Vaca Diez is on a mission to build better homes for the poor.

With few funds and little support, she uses the only resource she can find in abundance - empty plastic bottles.

Her own life in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, is one of relative comfort but she is shocked by the rising level of poverty she sees around her.

Though completely self-taught, she designs and builds new homes using recycled plastic bottles filled with dirt as the "bricks". So far, she has built 10 of these homes.

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The Straight Story Feb 2013 OP
Guy Whitey Corngood Feb 2013 #1
Tikki Feb 2013 #3
libodem Feb 2013 #2
ananda Feb 2013 #4
libodem Feb 2013 #5
DollarBillHines Feb 2013 #6
Mosby Feb 2013 #7
The Straight Story Feb 2013 #8
Flying Squirrel Feb 2013 #10
jerseyjack Feb 2013 #14
spinbaby Feb 2013 #9
tk2kewl Feb 2013 #11
cantbeserious Feb 2013 #12
surrealAmerican Feb 2013 #13
ancianita Feb 2013 #15
Dark n Stormy Knight Feb 2013 #16
greymattermom Feb 2013 #17
Demo_Chris Feb 2013 #19
sheshe2 Feb 2013 #18


Response to Guy Whitey Corngood (Reply #1)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 05:51 PM

3. How grand...

What an amazing lady...I love this quote by Ingrid..
"I would like to change the life and draw a smile on the faces of the unfavored."

http://www.casasconbotellas.com/en/ingrid.asp



Tikki

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 05:50 PM

2. Goddess bless

This is a beautiful thing. I heart this hard.

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Response to libodem (Reply #2)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 05:53 PM

4. God is in that woman!

Blessings to her and everyone she helps.

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Response to ananda (Reply #4)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 05:58 PM

5. Absolutely

The Divine works through other people. She is a vessel. Such inspiring work!!!

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 06:09 PM

6. Dang, that's a lot of bottles!

What a great idea, although I just cannot wrap my mind around the number of soft drinks consumed.

But, then, I only have one friend who drinks that stuff.

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Response to Mosby (Reply #7)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 06:29 PM

8. I say fill em with vodka

Ahhh my dream home

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Response to Mosby (Reply #7)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 07:33 PM

14. Straw bales can be done in North America climate where straw is abundant.

 

It may not be readily grown in her country.

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 06:34 PM

9. What a charming house

Not just cheap to build but also very attractive.

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 06:59 PM

11. Excellent!

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 07:16 PM

12. Exceptional - Thanks For Sharing

eom

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 07:31 PM

13. I guess that plastic lumber, made out of recycled bottles, ...

... is too expensive, or requires a facility that is out of their reach to make. I wonder if that stuff could be made in a more low cost manner.

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 07:40 PM

15. k & r

Great post!

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 07:49 PM

16. Cool idea. I was inspired to google "houses made of trash" and found plenty of interesting

projects like this.

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 08:38 PM

17. Here's my daughter showing you something similar in the USA.



Benches instead of houses, but it can be done here too.

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Response to greymattermom (Reply #17)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 12:18 AM

19. Very cool! Thank your daughter for me

 

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 10:35 PM

18. What a beautiful OP.

Ingrid is one special lady, with a vision for the future.

Thank you Ingrid.

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