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Imagination is the limit. That would the idea of this awesome Thai Temple put in a few words. There was a lot of work involved as well, no doubt about that but the truth is it was worth it. And when the end result is one of a kind and amazes everyone, what’s there to stop you from making your own unique bottle recycling design?
Before I present this amazing unique bottle recycling idea I just want to say that the next time you think about throwing something away, imagine what awesome one of a kind design items you could make with them. After all, that’s what we’re all searching right? Something that cannot be found anywhere else, something that would make our home feel different. Well, if an entire temple can be built out of simple glass bottles, think about what you could do with a bunch of seemingly unimportant stuff in your home. There’s always an idea waiting for you. Imagination is the limit. Anyway, here are a few ideas that we have previously featured on our website. Hope you find some inspiration in there as well: 27+ Creative & Inspiring Ideas of How to Recycle Wine Bottles Into Pieces of Art, Experimental Living- Sustainable Plastic Bottle House by D.A.R.E, Creative & Inspiring Modern Ideas of How To Recycle Plastic Bottles.
The name of this amazing construction is Wat Pa Maha Chedio Kaew also named “Temple of Million Bottles”, you can imagine why. However, the truth is that more than one million bottles were used (estimated 1.5 million recycled bottles). I can’t even imagine that many bottles in front of me; how much space would they take? But when you realize that all have been placed carefully, precisely like a giant puzzle and in a shape that it’s rather complicated, well, that undoubtedly certifies the skill of its builders. And furthermore, imagine that most modern builders wouldn’t even try to build such a structure, from normal materials. Why? Because it is utterly complicated; every angle and every piece of it have a functional meaning. Not to mention stress due to wind and weight. But when you build a design that has been made perfect over hundreds of years out out entirely new materials which act very different, every step of the construction process has to be reevaluated.
And, as you can imagine, building this unique bottle recycling structure didn’t happen over night. Everything began in 1984 when monks started using empty bottles to decorate their shelters. Many people were fascinated by their art and more and more came to donate empty bottles. In the present day, along with the temple there are several other buildings made in the same manner. including he crematorium, surrounding shelters and even toilets. If you’re gonna do it, do it right. That’s the key. Most of the bottles used are Heineken bottles (green) and Chang Beer bottles (brown). And don’t think that the caps were tossed away. The monks from the Sisaket province recycled them as well by mosaic murals. In the end, it seems that the entire area has been cleaned; there’s no more garbage. So, not only did they end up with one of the greatest temples but also made a point: nothing should be wasted. And I’m pretty sure that most people who saw this structure were convinced that they should recycle more. Leadership through example.