WATCH: This Man Lives on an Island Made of Recycled Water Bottles

WATCH This Man Lives on an Island Made of Recycled Water Bottles

Photo / Meghan Caudill

Plastic may be convenient, but they’re doing more damage to the earth than we imagine. In fact, plastic bags are the most common type of garbage found in Manila Bay, consisting 61.9% of all types of waste. Scientists have also said that 88% of the world’s ocean surfaces are littered with plastic.

Some organizations have already banned the use of plastics, but one guy used plastic bottles to make a self-sustaining island. Richart “Rishi” Sowa, a British architect and artist, has lived off the coast of Cancun in India since 2007 on a self-made island of 100,000 plastic bottles.

The island is 80 feet wide, and has a two-story eco hut,  a solar-powered waterfall and river, a wave-powered washing machine, two ponds, and three beaches. The discarded bottles serve as the foundation, and are wrapped in netted fruit sacks. Sowa also planted mangroves to tighten the foundation.

According to him, “The trash that we don’t really know what to do with,” he says, “can actually solve the problems of the world.”

The island is open to the public, and anyone can take a tour.

Watch Sowa explain his island below:

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