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  • Peace Corps Volunteer Builds School From Trash

    Peace corps volunteer Laura Kutner poses for a class photo outside of a new school house constructed from plastic bottles. Kutner pitched the idea to town officials as a cheap way to replace the old, crumbling building.
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  • Peace Corps Volunteer Builds School From Trash

    Plastic bottles were collected from empty lots and ditches around the small village of Granados. Because steel and cement were too expensive for the town?s budget, the bottles make up most of the school house structure.
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  • Peace Corps Volunteer Builds School From Trash

    The school's students helped collect the plastic bottles used to construct their new school building.
    Laura Kutner
  • Peace Corps Volunteer Builds School From Trash

    The young students stuffed each bottle with plastic bags to add strength.
    Laura Kutner
  • Peace Corps Volunteer Builds School From Trash

    Over 6000 bottles were collected for the project, which took 15 months to complete.
    Laura Kutner
  • Peace Corps Volunteer Builds School From Trash

    With some adults' help, the bottles were grouped together with chicken wire to make bricks.
    Laura Kutner
  • Peace Corps Volunteer Builds School From Trash

    The chicken wire and bottles were then covered with a thin layer of cement and paint to form a sturdy wall.
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  • Peace Corps Volunteer Builds School From Trash

    The exterior of the plastic bottle school house looks like any other building in town, except for a small hole left to show it's unique skeleton.
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  • Peace Corps Volunteer Builds School From Trash

    Kutner's plastic bottle idea went over so well with the community that town leaders now say they want to build a sidewalk out of bottles. The only problem? They've already cleaned up all the trash and may not have enough plastic bottles left over.
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  • Peace Corps Volunteer Builds School From Trash

    A happy student inside his new school house. The best thing about the project, said the school's principal, is that the students worked together to build it.
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