BottleHouse: Emergency shelter created from discarded plastic bottles

Discarded plastic bottles have been transformed into an emergency shelter in a bid to tackle both plastic pollution and provide emergency shelter to disaster-stricken communities.

The pyramid-shaped emergency shelter, otherwise known as BottleHouse, was designed and built by architectural and design start-up, small (Six Miles Across London Limited).

Using bamboo for the structure and plastic bottles filled with either sand or straw as building bricks, the BottleHouse is a low-tech design which is low cost, lightweight, and built entirely from sustainably-sourced materials.

According to small, the low tech design can transform plastic waste into something of tangible value that can be used for providing shelter, healing communities, cities, oceans and the planet. The start-up believe the BottleHouse model could create a global task force, employing local communities to help collect the plastic – what it refers to as the “bricks of the future”, managing and orchestrating the collection of plastic, and training communities in building shelters from plastic waste. Providing such communities with jobs, an income, education, new skills, and shelter.

Ricky Sandhu, small founder, said: “We believe ‘BottleHouse®’ provides a new formula for the world’s growing problem of discarded plastic bottles by transforming them into rapidly deployable, protective and valuable shelters in areas of the world that need them the most and at the same time setting a new mission for the rest of the world to think about and contribute to – a new circular economy.”


Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She writes about lifestyle including sustainable and green living. She also offers content services to businesses and individuals at


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