PET House

Not long ago these plastic bottles were lying on the streets and in the sea, today they are the foundation for Marbelliz’s house.

See exactly how it works.

We receive the plastic bottles on our monthly events in the Comunidad Virgen Morena.

We receive the plastic bottles on our monthly events in the Comunidad Virgen Morena.

They get transported to the village Las Mercedes.

They get transported to the village Las Mercedes.

A hole is dug to lay the foundation.

A hole is dug to lay the foundation.

 
The scaffolding is assembled.

The scaffolding is assembled.

The plastic bottles are filled with sand and other plastic waste.

The plastic bottles are filled with sand and other plastic waste.

The plastic bottles are used as bricks.

The plastic bottles are used as bricks.

 

The Story behind the Construction

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JJ and Eileen are the project managers of this whole PET-House project. They are part of the church Iglesia El Camino and are supporting the Kid’s Ministry ‘Mini’s Try’. JJ is American and discovered Nicaragua 20 years ago when he attended a surf camp in the area. He felt a special connection to that place and stayed there ever since. He now supports the Nicaraguan community with all his heart. Eileen is originally from Germany and moved to Nicaragua almost four years ago. Her vision was to build a sustainable house in a place where pollution is very high due to poor education about the plastic problem.

After a severe flood in Las Mercedes, JJ and Eileen met Marbelliz, who lost her home due to the cataclysm. She was abandoned by her husband and was left alone with her four kids. Eileen and JJ felt the need to help her and came up with the idea of a house out of PET bottles.

They designed the house and taught the workers how they can organize all the materials and tools.

 

The Construction Team

Donal Medina (34) is Marbelliz’s brother and the leader of the team. He has already been involved in many other house projects and is open to try new construction systems, like the one with plastic bottles.

Marvin Morales (34) is the brick layer. He really likes the new experience of working with plastic bottles, instead of bricks.

Auxilidora Medina (45) works just as hard as all the men in this project, she has a great attitude towards the project and has a very positive influence on the way everyone works.

Julio Mesa (29) is also a helper in this project. He does whatever needs to be done, like carrying the heavy stuff and mixing the cement.

Also, the neighbors are very motivated to help in their free time. They are happy for Marbelliz and hope to move into a PET house soon, too. They realize the plastic problem and are willing to recycle their plastic bottles.

 

Our role model from

Guatemala