Bottle Schools in Guatemala
Nearly a dozen Peace Corps volunteers in Guatemala are collecting thousands of discarded plastic bottles to construct schools and community centers across the Central American country. Volunteers use the project to as a way to teach their local communities environmental awareness and sustainable construction methods. One volunteer is using bottles to construct her village's first high school, a computer lab and restroom facility.

To create the walls, volunteers enclose plastic bottles in a chicken-wire frame and cover them with concrete. The bottles take the place of cinder blocks and significantly lessen construction costs while offering an environmentally friendly way to get rid of thousands of plastic bottles. Each bottle is cleaned, filled with plastic bags, food wrappers, aluminum and Styrofoam from the community.
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