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Nigerians Use Plastic Bottles and Mud to Build Fireproof Homes (They’re Bulletproof, Too!)

Trash is the main components of eco-friendly homes that are not only bulletproof and fireproof — but also practically earthquake-proof.

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Talk about turning lemons into lemonade! In this case, though, it’s all about turning trash into eco-friendly homes that are not only bulletproof and fireproof — but also earthquake-proof.

Plastic is practically choking the planet. An article on TrueActivist.com points out that researchers have even gone as far as to predict that “99% of all birds on this planet will have plastic in their gut by the year 2050.”

Plastic bottles help the homeless.

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Photo credit: Andreas Froese/ECOTEC

What makes the problem worse is the fact that plastic takes a long time to decompose. In fact, a study done by the U.S. National Park Service reveals plastic bags take 10 to 20 years to decompose.

Birds are being "choked" by trash.

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If you think that’s bad, then you’ll be even more shocked to find out that plastic beverage bottles take 450 years to break down. That’s a very, very, very long time for them to be stuck in a landfill. Bear in mind that Nigeria throws away three million bottles each day. So, disposing of plastic beverage bottles is obviously not going to solve the problem.

Thus, two non-government organizations — the Kaduna-based NGO Development Association for Renewable Energies (DARE) and the London-based NGO Africa Community Trust — teamed up for a project that uses the plastic bottles in building houses for homeless Nigerians.

Phys.org pointed out that “the housing crisis has become so bad in Nigeria that nearly 16 million units are required to address the shortage.”

It's the kind of home that saves life.

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Photo credit: Andreas Froese/ECOTEC

The report noted: “To create a two-bedroom bottle house, workers start by filling empty plastic bottles with sand and then holding them together using mud and cement. This forms a solid wall that is stronger than cinder blocks. In addition, it is completely powered by solar panels and methane gas from recycled human, and animal waste.”

A proper home restores dignity.

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Photo credit: Andreas Froese/ECOTEC

It takes 14,000 bottles to build a two-bedroom bottle home that’s bulletproof, fireproof, and can withstand earthquakes. These colorful abodes also boast of a comfortable temperature year round. Now, who would have thought that “trash” would be so wonderful?

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How to Make Your Own Emergency Duplicate Keys Using Only Household Items

You won’t lose another key ever again with this simple DIY lifehack.

Do you have the perpetual problem of losing or misplacing your keys? Have you grown tired of going to the locksmith to duplicate them? Well fret no more, this key duplication hack will surely amaze you.

This is very handy when you want a fast and very cheap way to duplicate your keys. If you have guests coming over or you share the room or the house and you want to have a spare key without spending, then this will surely come in handy. You can make a duplicate of any key with this trick. It's so easy you might end up making several copies for one key!

You will need:

1. The original key (of course!)
2. A lighter
3. Scotch tape / adhesive
4. Tin can lid
5. Sharp scissors

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Cool Hack Shows What You Can Get When You Sew Several Pillow Cases Together

Here’s a comfy and cheap alternative to those costly portable beds!

Don’t want to spend big bucks on that costly portable bed? Not a problem! With this simple hack, you can easily create one - out of several pillow cases.

I came across this post recently over at SunnySkyz and immediately showed this to my wife. I think this makes a fun, cheap alternative to those expensive beds. Also, this is much easier to put away when you’re not using it.

Sounds exciting? Read on and find out how!

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How To Open A Master Lock In 3 Simple Ways

These hacks to open a Master Lock are both useful and creepy.

We sleep peacefully at night knowing that we are safe inside our homes, our valuables kept in place and securely locked. Some of us rely on these handy, convenient and cheaper locks that we usually get from hardware stores but "Are they really durable and safe?" or we just have to live in fear that thieves can invade our space and steal our things anytime.

From YouTuber Bosnianbill's Lock Lab, the following videos below are 3 different ways to open a Master Lock. While these hacks might come in handy when you lose your keys or need to unlock something, you wouldn't want any unauthorized person or intruder finding out about such tricks.

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