Building Houses in Mexico with Plastic Bottles

Building Houses in Mexico with Plastic Bottles


[Music] Hello YouTube You are probably looking at what’s behind me and noticing that I am not in Mexico City anymore And today we’re gonna be showing an organization that’s really making a positive impact for Mexico and for Mexicans So it’s about 11:00 a.m. and already the Sun is… really hot And here’s the first look at the house that they’re building *People speaking ins spanish in the background* Ow! It got me Oww So everyone else is down there hard at work I’m up here playing with my camera and a cactus But I wanted to get a chance to just speak to you for a minute and explain a bit about… why this organization exists So it was actually started three days after the big earthquake that hit in Mexico back in September It was devastating to the city of Mexico City And it was also devastating to these small communities We’re in a small town in the state of Morelos about two and half hours from Mexico City And they’re building homes for people who lost their homes in the earthquake [Music] Dan: Now I feel like someone who’s watching this must think that you’re a construction expert who’s been doing this for years and years Victor: I’ve been doing it for four months five maybe and I have absolutely no preparation Victor: No official preparation. I came to learn everything we have great teachers The ones that know what are doing, and we just put our hands and pay attention It’s important to pay attention This is going to be somebody’s home [Music] Dan: Show us that technique again so I can
Nari: [laughs] Nari: Yes, no recommended if the other side is not done Nari: But we can do this here That guy over there he’s my new assistant Nah I’m just kidding he’s doing something different Vanessa: I think is a good part because you can see the concrete and you can see the bottles Dan: That’s incredible
Vanessa: …and the structure Vanessa: The structure was made (designed) by engineers, Puebla engineers Vanessa: I don’t know… 10 years ago maybe
Other person: Yeah Vanessa: …and when they [saw] our idea, they [gave] us their system Dan: How has the day been? has it been fun? Nari: Yeah it’s been great, I’m not tired at all Nari: But yeah I know I will Dan: Wait till tomorrow hahaha
Nari: exactly Dan: Isn’t that right my amigo? Amigo: uh? Victor: These are permanent houses, I mean this is not like it’s going to last a couple of months a couple of years Victor: It’s going to be a house like forever for them. It has to be well done Victor: It has to be pretty because nobody likes to live in a house that it’s not pretty Nari: Oh look at that! Victor: Well here you will see a system Victor: it was developed by… Victor: …well by some people in Latin America, but we are implementing [it] here in Mexico in “Tetela del Volcán” specifically Victor: And you can see that there is glass bottle of glass. We also have aluminium on the top to fill the small spaces Victor: And well if you get into the bedrooms Victor: You will be able to see some plastic bottles and all the designs [where] people can get creative Victor: And they can design their bedrooms as they like Victor: You can see the natural light on the roof
It’s water and five milliliters of bleach to keep it clear Dan: Water and bleach that’s all it takes
Victor: Water and bleach and that’a all it takes Victor: You can refill it from the top from outside the house Dan: It’s incredible. It looks just like a fluorescent light I mean the amount of light that you get from it Dan: When did you start this project and when was it finished? Victor: This house was… It took a couple of months to be completely finished Victor: We started the last day of October and it was uh… Victor: The plan was to be delivered just before Christmas, and we made it yeah, on the 15th of December Victor: They [made a] great party. We were invited obviously Victor: And well… this family has a home [Music] Dan: So I’m here now in this town square of “Tetela del Volcán” Dan: There’s not too much here right now just me and a dog Dan: That’s because it’s a Sunday morning, which means that most people are probably at home or at church Speaking of church The town church up ahead will give you an idea of how significant the earthquake damage was here The bell tower was completely destroyed I don’t know how it looks on the inside, but I can tell you that it’s not in the condition to be used because as you’re about to see The church service is taking place Outside *priest speaking in spanish* Dan: There’s more that I could show you. I mean all over the town actually there’s piles of gravel Dan: There are buildings that still show significant damage Dan: But for me that church seeing people gathered outside in a tent Dan: It’s the most powerful image Dan: And it also shows that you know even when there’s a tragedy life goes on Dan: People find a way to continue doing what they want to do Dan: Doing what they need to do So guys after spending the day with the VIEM team and learning about what they do and how they do it I can say from the bottom my heart that these guys are doing incredible work For the people whose homes they’re building they’re doing life-changing work And the idea that these houses could be fixed in a way that is not only fast not only durable but environmentally sound I mean sustainability is at the core of this process even the paint they used on the houses was made from cactus It’s crazy But for me the coolest part is the bottles when I heard that they were taking empty plastic bottles And using them for the foundation of their houses First of all I probably thought what you’re thinking which is Does that work? But when I learn more about it, I learned that it’s scientifically proven and that it is durable and that these aren’t temporary houses they’re permanent fixtures that these families are going to live inside I realized This idea is really something special So if you think it’s something special if you want to help this team expand their operation and just continue doing what they’re doing I’ve got an idea Here’s my idea So this team this isn’t their full-time job. I mean these are veterinarians and architects and students and volunteers and all kinds of people who are taking every single weekend driving in their own cars driving to small towns and building houses. These are real-life superheroes, and they need your help Here’s my idea remember these guys? Coca-Cola? Every single house is literally advertising your product this video is advertising your product And I know you guys have a pretty big advertising budget So what I’m thinking is: Why don’t you make one less huge billboard on the side of the highway and actually build some houses I mean not only is a good publicity for them It allows this project to be properly funded and it gives them the ability to expand this operation to something bigger and better than it already is and it wouldn’t really cost that much I mean let’s say they kicked in five cents for every bottle that was being used that could fund the whole project Or let’s say they use their distribution methods to actually find empty recycled bottles and send them to the house locations That would save this team all the trouble of having to bring the bottles in their own vehicles There’s a lot of ways that a company like coca-cola could help and there’s a lot of ways you could help as well I encourage you if you like what I’m talking about if you like the message if you like the video share this video and tag coca-cola Tag them on Twitter Tag them on Facebook Tag them… Just tag them Because I think an idea like this is too good to ignore And I’d like to know if coca-cola feels the same way As always guys I’m Dan from the new Travel. See you next time Oh yeah by the way, do you know what country is the world’s biggest drinkers of Coca Cola? Is Mexico Coca Cola, it’s time to pay back Mexico

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    Scott Paterson

    Who would have thought. Nice job on telling the story. I dont think coke cares one bit. They are a greedy corrupt company.

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    JustLivingLife

    This is an interesting concept and hopefully these houses will be able to stand for a long time. I'm curious how insulated these houses are with the bottles being in the center of the walls.

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    Uziel Portillo

    Enseguida comparto este vídeo con mis conocidos… Los sigo desde hace tiempo, no me pierdo ninguno de sus videos, saludos!

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    Carlos J

    Un comentario mas… CoCa Cola se ha enriquecido con el pueblo de MEXICO…y mira cuanta basura produce… ademas … recordemosnque este pueblo de MEXICO NO DEBERIA SE OASAR POR LO QYE ESTA PASANDO EN ELNSUFRIMIENTO DE POBREZA … PRESIDENTES COMO FELIPE CALDERON EMPROBRECIERON A LA POBLACION… ESPERAMOS QUE MEXICO Y SU PUEBLO RECUERDE EL SUFRIMIENTO QUE TRAE LA CORRUPCION… ABAJO LOS CORRUPTOS COMO CALDERON.

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    Carlos Yáñez Aragón

    I will try to help you with the translation, it will take me a while because my kids keep me too busy after school, but later tonight I will get it done

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    Adriana Villanueva

    Dan i feel very moved by your video, we should use #cocacoladoitright #cocacolashowlove and go for it!! ❤

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    MARCO A. GUZMAN

    Nice video Dan… Thank you guys for help people in my country…good news like this is that we need… and more solidary people like you. 😉

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    Jhonny Un poco loco Bravo

    So ive seen News report
    From your country where MSM keeps pushing this Narrative about how Mexico is the most dangerous place on earth and that you cant go anywhere without being shot, raped or killed. Do you feel that way in Mexico?

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    italomolko

    C'mon guys, The emperor wears no clothes. I mean, i have any doubs about your sincere and good intention, but, c'mon. They're paper houses, they have no solid structure. What about rainy season? All the water is going to drain through the walls. The concret has no gravel niether sand to make it stronger.

    So pretty the finished house but totally a naif project.

    I'm just being sincere about what I think, it's nothing agains no one.

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    Dania Logo

    I wish you could understand everything that happened sept 19th it was devastating not only material wise this video doesnt reflect the pain anger frighten that everybody felt 1st video of you that inspite that talks about something awesome I didnt enjoy it a bit

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    Karen Love

    Wow you and Nari are amazing. I love watching your Mexico videos and you truly are a great at documenting all of this. Your showing us the places in Mexico many of us don’t know about. You are amazing.

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    Po'Mex Travelador

    Nice message, hopefully with your platform it can travel beyond the Mexican border and not fall into deaf ears!

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    RSHoudini Salazar

    Awesome folks that are working and by the way Dan you are moving mountains i won't drink a CocaCola till i see CocaCola Sponsorship to programs like building a future homes for the folks childrens and adults all over Mexico and other Countries Thanks Dan and your cite girlfriend.

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    Edgar Sanchez

    congratulations to you , your girl friend and to all this group of voluntary people who do an amazing amazing thing to help other's. if the world think in this way .this world will be the paradise congratulations. to all and keep doing this tipe of videos in Mexico that shows the real MEXICO. i like your message at the end to the world. blessings 😉 Viva Mexico!!!!!!!

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    juanpa cruz

    Amazing Mexican ingenious!!
    Dan awesome job👍 Thanks to you I know this project but, You forgot to leave a link or something to help them💸💲.. Until Coca cola see ur video &listens to us…

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    Rob's Quest

    LOL – what have you expected poking the cactus ?? hahah… man… I'm glad that you haven't licked on it. I know that someone build a house out of Heineken bottles! I support that idea!

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    Sandra Chavez

    Hi Dan, First video that I see from your channel and I loved it. New subscriber 👍and hugs and kisses from Chicago IL

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    NorthVan_Dan

    Dan – excellent video! Thank you for telling us about this great project and thanks to all the volunteers for helping improve people's lives (and the environment). More like this please!

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    gabriel elizondo

    Good video ! Great idea ! We can do it ! People helping each other !!!!!! Thank you for sharing the good things of Mexico and is people !!!!!

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    Chepepon Carlos

    Here is the detail: Coca Cola is NOT happy with this kind of projects, since they recycle a lot of their pet bottles. Using those as construction material makes PET more expensive for Coca Cola.

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    Carmen

    Thank you so much for this video! I had no idea this was happening, so impressive! Take what would normally lay buried as waste for a millenia and convert it to sustainable housing, genius! Come on Coca Cola! Time to pay it back…to pay it forward!

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    Andrew GentlyWeeps

    wow man your comments really moved something in my heart, I hope mexican coca-cola co. feel the same when watching this amazing video.
    Btw, greetings from Cuernvaca Morelos 👏

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    awapuhi

    Pretty cool stuff. This type of architecture it was start in New Mexico in the village of taos, www.garbagewarrior.com check this documentary very cool concept of mother ship houses

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    miequipoatlas01

    Bravo ! The best video I’ve seen in a couple years , changing the world for good , building sustainable houses !

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    Frank Taylor

    Hey Dan, thanks for amazing content, i just discovered your channel and we need this kind of videos more often!!! Keep doing what you are doing!!! I’m out here supporting you!!!

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    DiscoverWithDima

    oh wow that's so cool man! glad you got to share this! and so cool that they're using old plastic bottles!

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    fabian flores

    Woooow!!!! that looks sooooo unsafe!!!! Sorry if I sound negative but I don't now the specifications of the structure resistance and I don't manage to see the WHAT HOLDS THE STRUCTURE? Pilars? No? What then? Again sorry but if those houses don't have support, then the next time and earthquake hits, a sandwich of concrete and people is served, even if it haves pet in the mix that makes it lighter, looks more like a house of cards 😨😨😨, I'm not blind I see the general outline of the house and yeah it seems to have support, but think this true, an 8 grade earthquake comes and moves the land, the structural integrity of the house given the lack of real support, one specifically made for earthquake resistance, I think could fall, REALLY HOPE NOT!!! Fingers crossed for and earthquake not to come, and a house with enough structural resistance, again sorry if I sound negative it just worries me, the video? Great an so the mentality gooood night

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    Sam Jo

    Why would you want to help Coca Cola with good publicity? I thought sustainability was at the core of this

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    francisco barajas

    my mother drink a cocacola every day for over 50 year, she never never drink a beer or alcahol only cocacola, 82 years old

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    Will Fitz

    Applying concrete mortar with your hands is not time affective. They can build more homes much faster by using proper tools and techniques. Where can I go to volunteer?

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    Cooldrop02

    This is dope. You should share an Earthship video with them to give them ideas on how to make those structures more solid and sound.

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    Peter Sanchez

    what about the plastic toxic chemicals that are leached into the quality of air for the family living in the home? I am for glass repurposing but not plastic. This reminds me of the Calico Bottle House. google calico bottle house. Still standing till this day.

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