The Life of a Plastic Water Bottle

By Peter S. Green - 2012-10-02T21:18:26Z

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Built to Last

Plastic bottles can take hundreds of years to biodegrade. That's bad for landfills, but good for plastic-bottle homebuilders like Maria Ponce.

Ponce, 76, stands inside her home made almost entirely from plastic bottles and bottle caps, in the village of El Borbollon, El Salvador, in 2007.

Ponce built the house in 2003 with empty bottles. She was unable to afford traditional building materials.

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