Plastic bottles into houses: Beating homelessness in Nigeria


Nigerians are using plastic bottles to build homes for the homeless

4_House-made-of-plastic-bottlesHomelessness is a universal challenge that still persists till this very day, especially in Africa.  In Nigeria alone, being one of the continent’s most populated countries, there are still thousands of people living without shelter.

Killing two birds with one stone, Nigerians have not only found a solution to meeting this challenge of homelessness but a way to promote an eco-friendly environment too by using plastic bottles to build homes.


A lot of things come to mind when thinking of ways to re-use plastic bottles but building a home out of them is notNigeria-bottle-house-3 something that you see being done every day.  Powered by solar panels, these two-bedroom bottle houses are bulletproof, fireproof and can withstand natural disasters.  The bottles are held together using mud and cement, creating a solid wall.

This initiative is the brainchild of two NGOs namely Delevelopment Association for Renewable Energies (DARE) as well as Africa Community Trust from the UK- who decided to join forces to create sustainable homes designed to produce no carbon emissions.

To build a two-bedroom house, 14000 plastic bottles are required and the building can be built up to 3 stories high.

This is the ideal form of recycling and the perfect way to help the homeless. The success of this project in Nigeria means that it can definitely work in other countries as well.  We hope to see these beautiful bottle houses being built all over the continent.