15 Nov '11, 7am

Plastic bottles find second life as Nigerian homes (via ST iPhone App)

Plastic bottles find second life as Nigerian homes (via ST iPhone App)

A man builds a wall with plastic bottles in the village of Sabon Yelwa, near the northern Nigerian city of Kadunan on Nov 2, 2011 . -- PHOTO: AFP AFP - The ubiquitous plastic water bottle may just be the answer to Nigeria's housing woes. The idea undoubtedly seemed strange at first: take the plastic water bottles that litter Nigeria's roads, canals and gutters and allow people to live inside them. Not literally, but almost. What a group of activists did was come up with a plan to build a house using those bottles, providing what they say is an environmentally smart strategy of chipping away at a housing shortage in Africa's most populous nation. With the prototype near the northern Nigerian city of Kaduna now well underway, the group wants to extend its efforts and build more, aiming to unleash what they say is some long bottled-up potential. Photo gallery Please enable Ja...

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