One of the sorry realities of many developing countries is the amount of litter everywhere. Walking along a city street or a country path, you see a landscape marred by discarded plastic bags and plastic soft drink bottles. Rarely is there any organized trash recycling. Few people seem to value keeping their surroundings beautiful.
A group in Port-au-Prince is modeling something better. They use discarded soft drink bottles -- yes, Fantas and Coca-Colas -- to create houses! They cut the bottom third from the soda pop containers to embed in concrete walls. The bottle bottoms allow colored light to filter into the rooms, giving an almost stained-glass radiance to the otherwise dark interior.
These artisans have even managed to make a toilet cubicle look more like, ahem, a throne room!
Really, it's ingenious.
Next time you are in Port-au-Prince, check them out:
the Haiti Communiterie Hostel, near the airport.
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