In Ecuador, Recycled Bottles Become Playgrounds, a Library and More
Every year billions of plastic bottles are recycled — but how are those bottles used? In Ecuador bottles are building communities through several programs that turn the repurposed plastic into meaningful neighborhood projects and business ventures.
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PET Bottles Become a New Library in South America
Santa Marianita, in the Manabí province of Ecuador, hugs the Pacific along the country’s western shoreline. Verónica Reed, an architect at Sustainable Design Studios, came to this small community with a mission: to make a place for its people to read and borrow books.
“Our office specializes in projects with environmental design and environmental components,” Reed explains. “There was a need for a library to complement the school building, which is short on space and overcrowded.”
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