Bottle Bricks


Product description Brand name and product description

Plastic Bottle Bricks are recycled plastic bottles filled with sand, plastics, or some other non-organic material and compacted to create a dense and strong brick used for construction. An example of a website that shares information about this method of building is called

Target region(s) Target region for distribution/implementation (listed by country if specified)

Plastic Bottle Bricks can be used in any country with an excess amount of used plastic bottles.

Distributors/implementing organizations Organization(s) distributing/deploying this product directly to communities/individuals?"

Varies. No company distributes bottle bricks, since they are intended to be manufactured using local recycled materials. There are a few organizations (Growth International Volunteer Excursions, Ecobricks.orgBottlebrick.comInspiration Green, and others) that have their own bottle brick projects in countries around the world.

Market suggested retail price Price per unit or service price per usage/terms (USD). Subsidies noted.

Bottles and bottle fill are made from recycled materials and therefore there is no cost for the bricks themselves. The adhesive to hold the bricks together, the sand (if filling bottles with sand), labor, and required materials will all incur costs on a project.

ECO-TEC estimates $6-$11 USD per square foot for construction, excluding labor costs.

Competitive landscape Similar products available on the market. May not be a comprehensive listing.

Any standard earthen block or average brick has the same function as a bottle brick.

SDG targeted United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) targeted with this product/application/service

Goal 1 and 11: Aims to provide affordable and durable shelter that at the same time reduces existing waste.

Target user(s) Target user/consumer base (country, income segment)

Any person, community, or organization that wants to construct a structure out of recycled materials.

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