Soon there will be more plastic on the beach…
…but for a good reason!
Vacation properties on the beach are often known for their luxurious and relaxing aesthetic.
But they’re also vulnerable to damage from seasonal hurricanes, which can be devastating to owners and many properties.
Now, there’s an alternative to keep the seas clean and walls sturdy… by using plastic!
Don’t try blowing this house down
David Saulner and Joel German own the Canadian-based construction firm JD Companies. They’re building the first beach house that’s made from recycled plastic bottles – 612,000 of them, in fact!
By melting the recycled bottles into small beads, they’re able to create a house that’s resistant to winds up to 326 MPH – similar to that of a Category 5 hurricane.
Category 5 hurricanes cause the most catastrophic level of damage. The roof and walls collapse rendering properties uninhabitable for weeks or even months.
Working together to find a solution
The project teamed up with Armacell which helped create the wall paneling of the house using PET (polyethylene terephthalate) core-foam green technology.
By turning the plastic into beads and creating “green” panels, the homes became more durable, insulated, and can easily be assembled in just a couple of days.
The property is currently being used as a holiday rental to observe its durability. Overall, the company hopes to build homes that are economical, sustainable, modern, and simple.
Hopes for the future
We often see ways that we can reduce our plastic use, yet even with this awareness over 480 billion plastic bottles were sold in 2016 alone…
It’s estimated that by 2050, plastic will outweigh all the fish in the ocean. JD Companies hopes to be a significant part in reducing and repurposing plastic that will create sustainable and durable homes.
Joel German said, “Our idea isn’t to make custom homes for couples looking to build a new dream home. Our goal is to get in line with projects that allow for volume sales – smaller dwellings, shelters, sheds, offices, sleeping barracks. Disaster relief shelters are definitely on our radar.”
What are other ways we can use plastic for construction? Do you think people will ever stop using plastic? Let us know what you think in the comments section!