If America really cared about solving the problem of homelessness one of it’s citizenry, here’s an idea that might work. It would be cheap, functional, and sustainable. As far back as 2011, vacant houses in America outnumbered homeless families by five times, according to Amnesty International.
Let’s presume that the problem with displaced individuals in America has been a result of not enough housing. Or, that they could not only give empty homes off to people because they were private land and it would cause legal complications. This idea would solve all of the above mentioned issues.
Did you know that you can make homes from plastic bottles? That is right. Garbage we throw away each day could actually provide people with homes. By filling them with sand, and projecting them with mud or cement, the walls generated 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 2 bedroom, 1200 square foot house, it takes around 14,000 bottles.The United States throws away enough plastic bottles to build 9257 of these 2 bedroom houses every day! That’s just over 3.35 million houses, exactly the exact same number of homeless people in America.
A lot of men and women in third world countries have taken up construction homes from bottles, from Africa to Asia. Perhaps the trend will catch on in America and all of those bottles will quit ending up in the landfills. Wouldn’t they be better off home the homeless? Kinda like those empty houses scattered all over the country?