The temple of recycled bottles

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The Wat Pa Maha Chedio Kaew Temple has found a new way to “bottle Nirvana”, literally. This Thai temple, located in Sisaket province, was built from over one million recycled glass jugs.

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Living up to the name “Wat Lan Kand” (Temple of Millions of Bottles), almost all spaces were built with bottles, including a crematorium and even the bathrooms. Currently, the number of bottles incorporated in the time already amounts to 1.5 million and the monks intend to recycle even more bottles. The more bottles they can get, the more spaces they can build.

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The collection of bottles began in 1984, when the monks began to use them to decorate their coats. Over the years, more and more people were attracted to the temple and the number of donations of bottles increased, until the number of objects collected allowed to build the temple as it stands today.

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Also the bottle caps are taken advantage of, since they are incorporated in mosaics that decorate several murals. In addition to being able to be used as a sustainable building material, the bottles let in natural light and are easy to maintain.

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