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I'm sure readers of The Flaming Vegan are familiar with the concept of recycling. I'm sure we all know what it means to reduce, reuse and recycle. However, there are things that we aren't familiar with that can surprise us in a good way. Lately, I met a young man in Medellin, Colombia, that made me rethink the three Rs – in an incredibly good way.

His name is Felipe and he is passionate about reducing waste. First, he will tell you to reduce your consumption, but being the creative thinker that he is, he will also teach you how to build with your waste. Yes, you read that right: he actually makes small buildings out of garbage.

Here's how:

Step one: Collect all the plastic bottles you drink from. Let's face it: several people do not reuse their soda pop or water bottles and these simply accumulate. Even if there is a good recycling program available in your country, it is always wiser to find another way of dealing with trash. So, stock up on bottles.

Step two: Collect non-organic waste, such as paper, plastic wrapper, old rags and cloth, and anything that you can stuff in these bottles. This ensures that your garbage, at the end of the day, will be almost empty.

Step three: Fill the bottles with the waste you collected. Make sure to stuff well because the bottles will be the foundation of your new construction.

Step four: Make the plan of your construction. Measure everything properly to ensure you have enough bottles for your project. Repeat steps one through three if needed.

Step five: Make mud. Lots of it. You will need plenty.

Step six: Find friends. The more, the merrier!

Step seven: Start stacking the bottles, covering them with lots of mud.

Step eight: Allow your construction to dry well.

Step nine: Decorate! You can now paint your creation or hang things on it. Make it as lively as you wish!

To know more about this project, visit: or

Felipe also travels to teach his projects in your location. Don't hesítate to contact him! He is a native Spanish-speaker and knows English well.

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  1. Akanksha
    Hey, is that image a photograph of something you made?
    1. SnakeWitch
      Unfortunately, I can't take credit for it! I haven't had a chance to try this out yet. Felipe gave me permission to use his pictures. It's one of his proud projects!
  2. Loca Serpiente
    Cool! Who would've thought?
  3. kristo
    Amazing, and beautiful concept! My friend Monica has built a similar home with recycled materials, here in Bali. Bottles, tires, Mud and bamboo. Have a look at her amazing home on her blog:
  4. Blanca Verome
    Blanca Verome
    Very cool idea. I've seen glass bottles used in what are essentially cordwood buildings, but this sounds like a neat way to use garbage up, too.


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