Couple Builds Homestay Out Of 26,000 Plastic Bottles In Uttarakhand
From brushing our teeth to feeding infants with plastic bottles, we are dependent on various plastic products. While scientists are putting their brains together to find a better alternative, a couple from Uttar Pradesh has found a creative usage of thrown away plastic bottles.
The couple from Hartola village of Nainital district, Uttarkhand have made a four-room homestay out of plastic bottles. Deepti Sharma, a school teacher in Meerut who has a knack for traveling built the plastic house with her husband, as they wanted to send a message of utilising plastic in a constructive way.
The homestay is built out of 26,000 bottles. The plastic bottles were used to create patches of walls and later joined to make a whole wall. Approximately 100 plastic bottles were tied and covered with mesh wire to keep everything intact. For stairs and flooring, the owners used old tyres. The plastic bottles also prevent the room temperature to drop. To beautify the homestay lamps made out of whiskey bottles are used. Currently, homestay can accommodate eight people.
Inception Of The Idea
Disappointed with how people dump plastic waste in the mountains, Deepti thought of utilising plastic bottles in a more innovative way. “We believe that either people should recycle plastic in the mountains or take back the plastic waste generated by them, but not harm the mountains with all the waste,” Sharma told the media.
After the registry and competition of this project, the couple is planning to proffer the idea to locals and district officials. The couple believes this will help to create awareness among people on how plastics can be reused.
Abhishek Anand, co-owner of the house, who looks after the bookings for the homestay said that the construction of this plastic structure started on February 2017 and almost took one and half years to complete. Around Rs 1.5 lakh was spent in total to construct the homestay.
Shedding light on the plan, Anand said that they would be adding a rainwater harvesting to the house which will be able to store 10,000 litres of water. This water can be used by the entire village.