The new bright orange schoolhouse in Granados, Guatemala that you see above was built using plastic bottles. After feeling strongly about the plastic trash that she noticed everywhere in Guatemala and the fact that schools had classrooms with no walls, Peace Corps volunteer Laura Kutner decided to take up a project to change things forever.
The project would use plastic trash as construction material. The team collected plastic waste from their neighbouring villages, in addition to their own. All the bottles were filled with plastic grocery bags, chip bags, and other waste and were then placed inside a metal fencing. Trash was used to fill up the spaces between the fencing and the bottles .The fences were then covered with three layers of cement. The bottles served as insulation, while the cement layers created the look and stability of any conventional wall. As many as 6,000 plastic bottles and the dedication of the team has resulted in this wonderful, innovative school.