Original Article by The Free Patriot
If America really cared about solving the problem of homelessness among it’s citizenry, here’s an idea that would work. It would be inexpensive, practical, and sustainable. I suspect it would also lower crime rates. As far back as 2011, empty houses in America outnumbered homeless families by five times, according to Amnesty International.
Let’s assume that the problem with homeless people in America was a result of not enough housing. Or, that they couldn’t just give empty homes away to people because they were private property and it would cause legal complications. This idea would solve all of the above problems.
Did you know that you can make houses out of plastic bottles? That’s right. Garbage that we throw away each day could actually provide people with homes. By filling them with sand, and molding them together with mud or cement, the walls created are actually bullet proof, fire proof, and will maintain an comfortable indoor temperature of 64 degrees in the summer time.
And it’s not like there is any shortage on used plastic bottles out there. Here are some statistics from treehugger.com:
“The United States uses 129.6 Million plastic bottles per day which is 47.3 Billion plastic bottles per year. About 80% of those plastic bottles end up in a landfill!”
To build a two bedroom, 1200 square foot home, it takes about 14,000 bottles.
The United States throws away enough plastic bottles to build 9257 of these 2 bedroom houses per day! That’s just over 3.35 million homes, the same number of homeless people in America.
Here is a video showing the construction of these homes:
Many people in third world countries have taken up building homes out of plastic bottles, from Africa to Asia. Perhaps the trend will catch on in America and all of those bottles will stop ending up in the landfills. Wouldn’t they be better off housing the homeless? Kinda like all those empty houses scattered all over the country?
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Source: Thanks to freepatriot.org where this was originally featured.