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How to Build a Greenhouse Made From Plastic Bottles

Updated on November 29, 2015

Here is a step-by-step guide on how to build a plastic bottle greenhouse, for those of you with the time and patience to collect enough empty plastic bottles to construct one.

Making this type of greenhouse is cheap, but it is also quite an undertaking in terms of labour and the time it will take. Perhaps it is best left to community organisations and schools, you might think.

Don't let that put you off. There is no reason why everyone should not have such a wonderful PET plastic construction in their yard.

a greenhouse made from plastic bottles
a greenhouse made from plastic bottles | Source

PET stands for Polyethylene terephthalate which is the type of plastic approved worldwide for plastic bottles intended for the drinks industry.

Advantages of a Plastic Bottle Greenhouse

  • It's cheap to construct. You will need approximately 1400 empty 2 litre (40oz) plastic bottles to build a greenhouse that is 8' x 6'. Even if you don't use that many, you can collect them from neighbours, friends, hotels, bars, and restaurants in your area.
  • It is self-watering. Because there are gaps at the tops of the bottles, heavy rain can certainly penetrate from where the bottles lie side-by-side. This is a huge time saver for greenhouse growers. Also, rainwater is always better for your plants than tap water.
  • It raises the temperature. The temperature is raised about 10 degrees centigrade compared to the weather outside. That is a huge difference and it should certainly lengthen the growing season for many plants, no matter what climate you live in.
  • It saves landfill sites from yet more plastic waste. It goes without saying that if everyone saved those plastic PET bottles for constructions like greenhouses, there would be less to clutter up landfill sites.
  • It is cheap and easy to repair. You can simply replace the plastic bottle that has broken or been damaged by missiles or animals. All your bottles are hooked onto either wire or a cane or sticks. So all you need to do is unhook the line, slide out the bottles including the broken one(s), and replace it with a fresh one.
  • It is sturdy and can withstand strong winds. Plastic bottles can't get blown away when they are pinned into place. The strength of your structure will depend entirely on how well the lines of bottles are anchored.

How to Build a Plastic Bottle Greenhouse

  1. The bottles are washed to remove labels, then the bottoms are cut off. You will need to remove the bottle lids too.
  2. Thread your bottles through whatever medium you choose to use to hold them in a line. This can be bamboo canes, or lengths of stick — though they need to be slim enough to feed through the bottle opening — or wire.
  3. Once you have your basic frame, you then connect your canes or sticks with the interlocked plastic bottles already fitted, to the frame.
  • All the greenhouses I have seen built with plastic PET bottles have used a wooden frame, which is surprisingly not terribly 'green' as trees have to be cut down to provide the frame. It also requires constructing, and that would mean calling in a joiner or woodworker in my case anyway. I am still thinking of alternatives to wood.

The plastic bottles have their bottoms cut off
The plastic bottles have their bottoms cut off | Source
the plastic bottles are placed over the bamboo cane
the plastic bottles are placed over the bamboo cane | Source
The canes are pegged into place on the wooden greenhouse structure
The canes are pegged into place on the wooden greenhouse structure | Source
the roof is put on the plastic bottle greenhouse
the roof is put on the plastic bottle greenhouse | Source

An Alternative

Another way to build your greenhouse would be to interlock all the plastic bottles together, one on top of the other, as above, with the bottoms cut out to make a tighter fit, but without a central support. Instead, horizontal wires can be attached both inside and outside the greenhouse to hold the bottles in position, as shown in the photo below.

You will note that, in this project, the lids were left on the bottles, and I must admit I quite like that idea as it is one less place for insects to enter and make themselves at home.

Can you imagine how horrible going into your new plastic bottle greenhouse would be if you were confronted every time by nests of insects in the walls? Apart from the aesthetic appearance, a good deal of light would be cut out.

This photo shows the plastic bottle greenhouse built by 68-year old Linda Woollard as part of a university project.
This photo shows the plastic bottle greenhouse built by 68-year old Linda Woollard as part of a university project.

As Insulation

Plastic bottles greenhouses can also be insulated to keep out cold draughts, and to cut down on self-watering when it rains.

Bubble wrap, which you can buy in rolls from any local DIY store, does the job really well.

insulating a plastic bottle greenhouse with bubble-wrap
insulating a plastic bottle greenhouse with bubble-wrap | Source

As you can see from the above photos, making greenhouses from plastic bottles seems to be popular as a community effort. But I would like to build one for myself, primarily because of its cheap construction.

In Europe, building plastic bottle greenhouses has become a popular past time for many. I have been unable to locate information as to whether the plastic bottles stand up well under a hot sun, which is normal where I live (in southern Spain).

Plastic bottle houses stand up very well in sunny conditions in hot countries, but the plastic is not really exposed to a lot of sun, being filled first with sand and then covered by mortar. Filling with sand is NOT an option for a greenhouse as it then becomes a garden shed or something!

If any architect reads here, I would welcome your opinion, before I go to the effort of collecting thousands of empty plastic bottles.

How to Build a Greenhouse using Plastic Bottles

A plastic bottle greenhouse


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      Wesman Todd Shaw 5 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

      SWEET!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love this!

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      AllSuretyBonds 5 years ago

      Very interesting and creative. Perfect for going a little more "Green".

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      IzzyM 5 years ago from UK

      I really want one of those now! I think they are a superb idea, and I don't know why I didn't think of it before now!

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      TransferAmerica 5 years ago from Torrance, CA

      Wow that's really creative! I would never have imagined a green house made of plastic bottles! Good hub.

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      IzzyM 5 years ago from UK

      Thanks, it wasn't my idea but I wish it was!

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      How neat is this? I have never seen one. Great hub.

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      Brittany Kennedy 5 years ago from Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

      How fun! This looks amazing! Thank you for sharing. Voted up, etc.

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      IzzyM 5 years ago from UK

      You're welcome and thanks for commenting. It is great idea for using up plastic bottles!

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      Shari 5 years ago from New York, NY

      Izzy - as is known you have a green thumb but this plastic greenhouse has taken your gardening skills to new heights. Brilliant and smart. I am officially saving my bottles and someday hopefully I can send you some pictures to add to this wonder of a hub! Thumbs up in every direction!

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      IzzyM 5 years ago from UK

      Great idea, send the photos to add in here! Plastic bottle greenhouses are definitely the way forward.

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      Tony 5 years ago from At the Gemba

      I remember when I was in Africa several years ago one of the local breweries was experimenting with square bottles so as to enable the locals to use the empty bottles filled with dirt to be used as bricks to build with!

      But I love this idea for a greenhouse built of plastic bottles.

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      IzzyM 5 years ago from UK

      The Africans have perfected the technique of building using normal round plastic bottles - http://hubpages.com/education/How-to-Build-a-House...

      These homes look great. But I think the greenhouses will be more practical for the rest of us.

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      sweetie1 5 years ago from India

      Oh wow, 1400 bottles and i always thought plastic was not ecofriendly. Though it looks lots of work but in end it must have given you a lot of pleasure to make it so beautiful and useful.

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      IzzyM 5 years ago from UK

      Yes it's a lot of work but well worth it, and a great way to use those plastic bottles up.

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      Johnny Parker 5 years ago from Birkenhead, Wirral, North West England

      Fantastic, I'm going to make one of these on my allotment!

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      IzzyM 5 years ago from UK

      They are a great idea for allotments, because if they get vandalised, it is cheap and easy to replace the plastic.

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      scsunshine 5 years ago from sc

      This is so cool! Such a unique idea.

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      IzzyM 5 years ago from UK

      It's a great idea, isn't it? And not mine despite what some of the commenters seem to think - I just wish it was!

    • jdatwell 5 years ago

      i loved it might tell my mother-in-law she might get a kick out it. loved it!!!

      the best thing in this economy i can't thing of anything better a perfect family and community project.

      loved it!!!

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      IzzyM 5 years ago from UK

      My feelings too :)

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      itsmonkeyboy 5 years ago from London, UK

      I've never heard of this before but what an absolutely brilliant idea! We don't use many plastic bottles and when we do they always seem to be different sizes and shapes. I can see I'm going to have to buy some more and standardize!

      Thanks for sharing such a wonderful recycling plan. Great hub.

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      IzzyM 5 years ago from UK

      Good to see so many folk like yourself liking this idea. I do too, I think it's wonderful! Happy collecting!

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      xethonxq 5 years ago

      This is an AWESOME hub...I have always wanted to put up a greenhouse and was thinking of doing so with old windows, but this idea is really cool. Thanks for sharing it!!! :)

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      IzzyM 5 years ago from UK

      Thank you :) I am now collecting plastic bottles myself. I have 3 so far.

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      Warren Baldwin 5 years ago from Kansas

      Great idea. but what is a PET bottle?

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      TroyM 5 years ago

      Wow! Amazing idea to build a Greenhouse... Thanks for sharing your ideas!

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      IzzyM 5 years ago from UK

      @ Warren, oops I missed putting that in this hub (I have another hub on how to build a house using PET bottles, and put it there). PET stands for Polyethylene terephthalate which is the type of plastic approved worldwide for human drinks like Coca-cola.

      @Troy, thanks for taking the time to comment and yes great idea and great way to use up those PET bottles.

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      irenemaria 5 years ago from Sweden

      A really funny idea!

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      Nicolette Goff 5 years ago from British Columbia

      What a great idea!

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      Louis Taylor 5 years ago from UK

      wow, this is amazing, wonder what the folks would say if i built one at the allotment

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      IzzyM 5 years ago from UK

      They'd love it! I'd get collecting too, if I were you!

    • A.CreativeThinker 5 years ago

      This is a great way to use the plastic bottles. Thanks for sharing. Take care :)

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      IzzyM 5 years ago from UK

      Thank you for reading and taking the time to comment :)

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      beachelf 5 years ago from Virginia

      I LOVE this. I want one, one day. (Nowhere to put it now..) Could be a great Eagle scout project for a school or community center, though...

      Also, was thinking about the wood frame problem. What if it were constructed in more of an upside down U shape, like a those arched steel buildings people use for warehouses? You might still need something for framing the ends, but this could be recycled material as well. And I don't see why, if you built it with the wood framing, you couldn't get recycled studs from a demo site, if you wanted to. :) Just some thoughts. Love the idea! Thanks so much for sharing!!

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      IzzyM 5 years ago from UK

      Like the polytunnels you mean? I don't see why not, plastic bottles can be flexible and fit on any shape of frame. Great ideas!

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      Cynthia 4 years ago from Vancouver Island, Canada

      this is a very cool hub... I want one of these plastic bottle greenhouses! thanks for contributing this knowledge.

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      IzzyM 4 years ago from UK

      Me too, and thanks!

    • perassanna 4 years ago

      thank you, good hub voted up

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      Brian Dooling 4 years ago from Connecticut

      What an awesome idea! so cool! voted up, aesome, interesting, useful, and shared!

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Anything that can keep these plastics out of landfills gets my votes. This is a great innovative idea to use them in helping to construct greenhouses. Voted useful and interesting.

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      Annie Fenn 4 years ago from Australia

      This is an awesome idea. I am inspired to try it out so will start saving bottles and will ask my friends and work colleagues to save also. Thank you for this great hub, I have voted up and shared!!!

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      IzzyM 4 years ago from UK

      Thanks folks for the comments. I have collected 4 sackfuls of plastic bottles towards my own project so far. I, too, think it is a fantastic idea (not my own obviously) and glad you agree!

    • iamaudraleigh 4 years ago

      That is such a great idea and hub! Voted up!

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      IzzyM 4 years ago from UK

      Thanks audra :)

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      kmaskreations 4 years ago

      Great hub! I would love to try this. Looks like something the whole family can do together with little engineering or carpentry skills. Thanks for sharing. Voted up, useful and interesting.

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      Lissette 4 years ago from Central Florida

      This sounds super cool. I would have liked to see a video on how to build the frame since that seems to be the hardest part.

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      I found this hub by Fennelseed's link and i am so glad that I did .

      Amazing and priceless.

      I vote up here without a doubt.

      Take care and enjoy your day.


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      IzzyM 4 years ago from UK

      Yes a video would be great, if there's none out there, I will certainly consider making one. Thanks everyone for commenting, and thanks Fennelseed for linking it (where is it linked?)

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      IzzyM 4 years ago from UK

      Thanks for reading :)

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      alipuckett 4 years ago

      This is such a cool idea!

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      theherbivorehippi 4 years ago from Holly, MI

      This is brilliant!!! I want one! This is one of those..."Why didn't I think of that?" things. I don't use any plastic bottles like this, but maybe I'll have to tell my aunts and cousins to start saving theirs for me. This could be a fantastic project!

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      IzzyM 4 years ago from UK

      I've just had a screaming fit at him because I was saving my plastic bottles in bin bags in the utility room, which is open aired and hot from the sun, and he has been putting bottles in their without washing them out first! Takes 2 minutes to rinse them, but once that sugar has baked on in the sun, it is almost impossible to get the lids off to clean. Got them all washed and stored away in the basement now. I have plans for a lean-to plastic greenhouse, even if it takes me years to get it!

      But yeah this would make a great community project to get involved in.

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      The Frog Princess 4 years ago from Florence area of the Great Pee Dee of South Carolina

      Such a neat idea. How creative is this. I love it but I have just one of those plain ole greenhouses. This would be great in the south for veggies.

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      IzzyM 4 years ago from UK

      Glass greenhouses are fantastic, but expensive. This is second-best to a real greenhouse, IMO, and only costs a fraction of the price. All you might pay out for is the framework, and maybe bubblewrap for insulation. Almost certainly less than $50 all in.

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      Melissa Flagg 4 years ago from Rural Central Florida

      This is a great hub. I had to bookmark it! I was recently looking into green houses but buying them is so expensive! This came at the perfect time! Thank you!

      Vote up and SHARED.

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      IzzyM 4 years ago from UK

      Collecting all the bottles is probably the hardest bit, or maybe the cutting them up and stringing them into place, but glad to have helped. I'm sure with the help of neighbors and friends you will have one up in no time at all :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      That was absolutely fascinating. I am always looking for things like this but had never heard of this...what a great idea and what a great hub! Thank you!

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      IzzyM 4 years ago from UK

      And thank you for taking the time to read and comment :) I am still wondered how those PET bottle will stand up to extensive sunlight and heat like we get here in the south of Spain. Even plastic garden chairs give up the ghost after a few years because they harden and crack in the sun. If you know, or know anyone who knows, let me know before I go to the effort of building a greenhouse made out of plastic bottles. I know most greenhouse plants grow outdoors here, but the winters are still cold and windy - an extra month or so would make all the difference to the growing season.

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      ameypp7 4 years ago

      Wow!! This is something really amazing. Thanks for the idea. You've provided everything here...:)

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      IzzyM 4 years ago from UK

      Such a simple idea too! Its one of those that you think to yourself "Wow! Why didn't I think of that?" Thanks for commenting :)

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      Catherine Taylor 4 years ago from Canada

      This idea totally rocks! My mom just spent a ridiculous amount of money on a tiny green house that took forever to construct. This one makes way more sense. I'm going for it. Thanks so much for this post.

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      IzzyM 4 years ago from UK

      You've got a valid point. I once put together an 8' x 6' greenhouse and it was a major construction, that was after paying well over $1000 for it too. At least with the work involved with the plastic bottle greenhouse construction, the costs were minimal beforehand.

    • scarletqueen 4 years ago

      oh this is cool! I have a metal frame greenhouse with poly walls. When the walls degrade (here in the south US, they always do) I can replace it with bottles strung on wire, affixed to the frame. Suh-weet!

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      Dorsi Diaz 4 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

      FANTASTIC IDEA! I love this - and would love to build one!

      Pinned, plussed and tweeted.

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      IzzyM 4 years ago from UK

      Hey scarletqueen, that is a perfect solution for you! Even with aluminium frames you'll be able to find a good sturdy way to attach them.

      @Dorsi, thanks a million. I have just had a huge rush of views from Pinterest so it must have been down to you. Many thanks!

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      This is an awesome idea! I wouldn't be able to make one on a large scale in my yard, but I could make a smaller one to suit our gardening needs. Voted up, useful and awesome!

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      IzzyM 4 years ago from UK

      Thanks! Its a great way to use all those plastic bottles up too, instead of just binning them for a landfill site :)

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      networmed 4 years ago from SPL

      Very creative idea and it save the plastic bottles from going into the landfills which don't degrade overtime.

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      Dorsi Diaz 4 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

      Izzy) It was lol!! Hey, can I feature your hub at my new site: www.granniesgreenliving.com? This is exactly the type of cool stuff I want to put on the site.

      Glad you got a rush of traffic - people are repinning this like crazy!

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      IzzyM 4 years ago from UK

      Hey networmed, thanks for reading and commenting.

      @Dorsi, yes you are welcome to use this hub. Do you want me to write an intro for it, or are you happy to do that yourself? I've also got a hub on plastic bottle houses which may be of interest?

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      Dorsi Diaz 4 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

      Hey Izzy an intro by you would be awesome then I will put the links to your hubs. Yes both would be great!!

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      IzzyM 4 years ago from UK

      I'll try to get them written up tomorrow then (it's too late tonight and I am tired). I owe you one! I am still getting hits here from Pinterest!

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      Dorsi Diaz 4 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

      Oh no rush Izzy. Later in the week even is fine. I've got a busy day Monday and Tuesday so mid-week till end of week works great. Glad you are getting lots of hits from Pinterest. Hope it translates into some $$ !

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      Chris Achilleos 4 years ago

      What an awesome idea, I love it. Voted up, interesting, useful and sharing :)

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      Budman610 4 years ago from Ohio

      That is a great idea!

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      IzzyM 4 years ago from UK

      Hey thanks everyone for reading and commenting!

      Dorsi, I will mail you :)

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      jenniferg78 4 years ago from Philadelphia, PA

      Brilliant and creative use of plastic bottles!! Great Hub thanks!

      You should check out this creative use too - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JOl4vwhwkW8

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      IzzyM 4 years ago from UK

      Ah yes the plastic bottle lights for aluminium roofed homes. Not much help to us in the West but a good idea all the same for those in the sub-continent living in poverty.

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      dappledesigns 4 years ago from In Limbo between New England and the Midwest

      oh I love this! Great hub and most excellent topic.

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      IzzyM 4 years ago from UK

      Cheers :)

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      DeviousOne 4 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Hahaha pretty amazing stuff. Great job.

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      IzzyM 4 years ago from UK

      It really is a super idea! Thanks for reading :)

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      taw2012 4 years ago from India

      Hats off !!! really creative and cool idea. i feel to own one such.

    • lasertekservices 4 years ago from Fargo, North Dakota

      This is really interesting!

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      Neil Sperling 4 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada

      Interesting idear! :-) Thanks for sharing

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      Rebecka Vigus 4 years ago from Johns Island, SC

      Thanks for sharing. I'd like to try this.

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      IzzyM 4 years ago from UK

      Its an interesting idea that should work really well. I asked in my own hub above if PET plastic would withstand the ravages of the sun, and am now told it will, better than any other plastic (thinking of plastic garden chairs that split and break after a couple of years in the sun). PET plastic really is top quality stuff with so many more uses than just filling with soft drinks.

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      reagu 4 years ago from Los Angeles

      This is great. Nevermind the eco-benefits. This is nerdy-cool. Way to go.

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      IzzyM 4 years ago from UK

      Nerdy-cool! Love it! Thanks :)

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      firefly07 4 years ago from UK

      what an amazing hub. The children in one of our local primary schools recently built a greenhouse out of plastic bottles.

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      IzzyM 4 years ago from UK

      Thanks firefly, yes it makes for a great community project and kids would no doubt learn a lot by getting involved. Well done them!

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      Sarah Carlsley 4 years ago from Minnesota

      This is so cool! I can just picture it. Do you weigh it down somehow so that the wind doesn't blow it away? Or is it heavier than it looks. Either way, very neat!

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      Modern Lady 4 years ago from Chicago, IL

      What a creative idea! I'd hate to try to find that many empty bottle though.

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      Brandym2012 4 years ago from PA

      Very interesting idea!

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      Urmila 4 years ago from Rancho Cucamonga,CA, USA

      What an amazing idea!Thanks for sharing it.Useful and voted up!

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      IzzyM 4 years ago from UK

      Thanks for the comments. A plastic bottle greenhouse will not need anchored because it is built on a solid frame and each line of bottles is carefully pegged into place, plus there are an awful lot of bottles so it will be quite heavy anyway. I have collected about 6 sackfuls of bottles, each holding about 8 bottles, and while there is hardly any weight in any of them, that is still only 48 bottles. To build the full 8' x 6' greenhouse I need a total of 1400 bottles and that must weight a few lbs!

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      Thomas Byers 4 years ago from East Coast , United States

      Very nice and helpful Hub Page. I plan on doing this and I have been working on it for a while now. I found this Hub Page filled with interesting and helpful information. Thanks. Also voted up across the board. Again thanks for doing this wonderful Hub Page on a subject that really interests me.

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      IzzyM 4 years ago from UK

      Hey please send me a photo of your completed project and I will add it here (or if you write a hub I will link it). My plans are on hold as I have just moved countries and so the bottle collecting will stop until I return which may be years away. Meanwhile, there is a community garden very close to where I am now, and they may well be interested in making a plastic bottle greenhouse in addition to their poly tunnels.

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      Thomas Byers 4 years ago from East Coast , United States

      I will send you a photo when completed.

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      IzzyM 4 years ago from UK

      That would be great! Thank you very much :)

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      Now that's a green greenhouse! Thanks for this look at make greenhouses from plastic bottles. I'm seeing a version that has three sides attached to an already existing out building.

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      IzzyM 4 years ago from UK

      That's super! All you need now are the bottles :)

    • Ginger Ruffles 4 years ago

      Absolutely fantastic hub!

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      IzzyM 4 years ago from UK

      Thanks ever so much, and for taking the time to read and comment :)

    • Kommadant 4 years ago

      Awesome idea. I never thought of this. Great hub!

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      jagerfoods 4 years ago from South Carolina, USA

      How clever! We've started recycling bottle for lamps but a whole green house!? With the step by step instructions we'll have to give this a try. Thanks for the post.

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      IzzyM 4 years ago from UK

      Thanks Kommandant and jagerfoods for your comments. Let me know how you get on with building your plastic bottle greenhouse!

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      Skyler DeCristoforo 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      wow this is awesome i'm defiantly gonna have to try this sometime! What a great creation. I love when people share ideas like this.

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      IzzyM 4 years ago from UK

      What really amazes me is how tough PET plastic bottles are. If you have ever had a plastic greenhouse, or even a plastic garden chair, you will know how quickly they degrade in the sun. Yet this PET plastic doesn't bio-degrade - it is a top quality plastic, and if you were to order a greenhouse made from straight sections of PET plastic, the cost would be prohibitive, yet it would last for years longer than any other kind of plastic currently in use. And there we are, throwing those amazing plastic bottles out with the rubbish when we could recycle it ourselves.

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      JanHeath 4 years ago from Australia

      Awesome idea, adds a whole new meaning to using recycled materials for building!

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      IzzyM 4 years ago from UK

      LOL it really does!

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      bockshiner 4 years ago from Dallas, TX

      This is a cool idea.

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      Drea DeFoe 4 years ago

      This is an excellent hub. I love it when people get creative and practical with recycling!

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      blairtracy 4 years ago from Canada

      Oh my goodness! I have always wanted a greenhouse! Once I find out where I am going to store all these pop bottles I shall start collecting! Thanks for the idea.

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      IzzyM 4 years ago from UK

      That is wonderful if you one day have enough bottles to complete the project. I would love to see photos of the finished result!

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      KrisL 4 years ago from S. Florida

      This is great! I had a thought for you or anyone else doing a solo project. You can cut off the bottoms, and maybe even string the bottles on sticks, bamboo, or wire as you go. That will make it faster at the end. Voted up & shared.

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      truefaith7 4 years ago from USA

      What an amazing, novel idea! If a simple greenhouse can be built out of plastic bottles, just imagine what other kind of buildings can be built. Garden/utility sheds, pool cabanas, campsite buildings, and more! Thanks for sharing this and voted up and across!

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      Mitch Alan 4 years ago from South Jersey

      Clever idea...let the soda drinking begin.

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      whalefeather2 4 years ago

      What and awesome idea!!!

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      I remember this one from days gone by;but still as interesting and original.

      I am sharing onto FB and my page.

      Enjoy your weekend.


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      Doodlehead 4 years ago from Northern California

      How fun. How about a river raft to go along with it!

    • DMVmimay 4 years ago

      that was awesome! very useful advice.. thanks for sharing .. wew... blessed :)

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      nylarej 4 years ago from Ph

      awesome hub and idea! A great way to help our environment clean and green! :)

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      Pavlo Badovskyi 4 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine

      This can be a perfect school project as well as for your own needs! Great hub!

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      whynot1 4 years ago

      Wow! Great idea! Thanks for posting! I like the idea of using plastic bottles. I recently purchased a rug that was made from recycled plastic bottles - but this idea is even better! Way to go! Love the hub!

    • Casimiro 4 years ago

      Awesome idea and a great write-up on how it all works. I do wonder how long PET bottles can stand up to UV, but I think it's quite a while. In any case, once you've built it once, it shouldn't be difficult to replace the bottles. Thanks for this wonderful hub!

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      idigwebsites 4 years ago from United States

      great recycling idea, Izzy!!! I got lots of plastic bottles lying around the house. great , great hub!

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      Michael Luckado 4 years ago from Hawaii

      This is a very unique idea. I build more traditional buildings and homes for a living...always amazed at some of the non-traditional ideas people come up with. Great job

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      IzzyM 4 years ago from UK

      Hey this could be your latest project! Thanks for commenting :)

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      Reanner Ann Sapungan 4 years ago

      Another Way to save the environment.. Nice Work!!

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      Mary Wickison 4 years ago from Brazil

      What a great idea. I have never seen anything like it.

      We use plastic bottles here in Brazil. On our tilapia farm we use them as floats in the lake. We suspend air diffusers from them. I have also seen them used here in family gardens to keep birds away.

      Our UV index is in the 'extreme' category and have had no problem with them cracking.

      Voted up and sharing.

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      IzzyM 4 years ago from UK


      It's such a shame to throw such a high grade of plastic away, and that is great to know they won't biodegrade in high UV areas. If they withstand the heat in Brazil, they'll be fine in southern Europe (which was what I wanted to know for certain).

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      Bethany26 4 years ago from USA

      This is a great idea. Thanks for sharing!

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      ryanjhoe 4 years ago from Somewhere over the rainbow

      This is interesting! It is amazing that plastic bottle can be useful for many things including making creation like this.

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      Adrian Walker 4 years ago from Magnolia, AR

      Thanks very much! I've long used the tep liyer soda bottle, with the bottom removed, as a cloche to protect young plants. This goes way beyond that. I am definitely considering this as an ption for a summer project.

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      Xavier Nathan 4 years ago from Isle of Man

      This is a great idea and I also love the video. I noticed that there were gaps in the green house and wonder how that affects the green house.

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      IzzyM 4 years ago from UK

      The gaps make for great natural watering when it rains! If winds are the problem, the greenhouse can be insulated with bubble-wrap. Even so, if the basic structure is well anchored, the plants inside are still sitting happily at several degrees above the outside temperature. This idea will never be better than a proper greenhouse, but it's a cool project, especially for community groups.

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      Xavier Nathan 4 years ago from Isle of Man

      Thank you IzzyM for getting back to me and I see now and I completely agree with you, it is indeed a great project.

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      Brian Leekley 4 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      Up, Useful, Interesting, and shared with followers and on social networking sites. One of these years if my thumbs turn green I'll participate at a community garden, and making a communal greenhouse for it together out of soda pop bottles might be a helpful and welcome idea.

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      Farris Spoiler 4 years ago

      Wow thi's Is the best thing ,I ver seen .Nice useful of bottle's .:)

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      bhargvi sharma 4 years ago from jammu ( India)

      Innovative... Great one... :)

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      Keely Deuschle 4 years ago from Florida

      I have heard of using plastic bottles to make a greenhouse. Thanks for sharing all the steps! What a wonderful way to reduce waste in our landfills and have the benefit of a longer growing season! Pinned and voted up!

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      Carla J Behr 4 years ago from NW PA

      Great idea in this age of recycling! This is the ultimate "green" project.

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      Jim Miller 4 years ago from Wichita Falls, Texas

      I'd drink to that! Your greenhouse project scores high on so many levels--recycling, waste stream reduction, organic gardening, community building to mention but a few. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this Hub and gladly share it with my Facebook friends.

      Now, if I may be allowed a bit of critique, the conversational style of your writing is quite engaging and enjoyable, as if you were standing next to me and telling me about this project. Your enthusiasm shines through brilliantly. I would suggest you pay closer attention to your punctuation, particularly on the use of commas, as your sentence structure tends to be rather lengthy.

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      IzzyM 4 years ago from UK

      Thanks to all the commenters for the vote up, and especially for the sharing.

      @Jim, thanks for the advice! I do tend to get carried away sometimes with my own enthusiasm, and will take time to go through the hub and correct punctuation and sentence length - you are right, I do tend to write long sentences and it's a bad habit.

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      James Beaudry 4 years ago from Connecticut

      This is great info..I love it..I'm going to build one myself....Thanks for the how-to...Excellent

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      IzzyM 4 years ago from UK

      Remember to send me photos of your completed project! Else, I will look forward to reading your hubs on how you did it :)

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      sharewhatuknow 4 years ago from Western Washington

      Wow Izzy, that is awesome. Not in a million years would I have come up with that wonderful idea.

      Because I rarely drink soft drinks anymore, and never buy bottled water, I don't have any plastic bottles. But this project is so tempting, I may start doing so. LOL

      Voted up, useful and awesome.

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      Tricia Ward 4 years ago from Scotland

      Fantastic hub I would love one of these. My council had one at their nursery but then they closed the nursery! I would love this but might be limited in room ....maybe my wee 4 shelf thing could be adapted though as the cover has split...you have me thinking now!

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      twig22bend 4 years ago

      I would love to make one these for a greenhouse. What a wonderful idea and very interesting. Great hub.

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      Mary Hyatt 3 years ago from Florida

      I learn something new every day here on HP! As a gardener, I would love to build one of these greenhouses. Great article. I'be bookmarked it for future reference.

      Voted this UP, etc.

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      Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia

      What a coincidence! Only a few minute ago I was telling Beth about this very hub and it popped up on my feed! lol! What are the odds of this happening? lol!

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      IzzyM 3 years ago from UK

      I think Mary must have shared it. Thanks Mary! This article has never gained search engine traction, it's always Social traffic, so thanks all who share! Oh and it gets copied all the time, which is probably one reason Google hates it (though they seem to rate the copiers higher than this one).

      I've got a pretty large collection of plastic bottles out in Spain for my greenhouse project, if I ever get it finished.

    • Casimiro 3 years ago

      Have you been able to get the copies squashed?

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      IzzyM 3 years ago from UK

      Yes but every time I check, there is a new one up! Everyone seems to want to copy this hub instead of writing their own.

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      Elias Zanetti 3 years ago from Athens, Greece

      wow! that's a really wonderful idea! thank you, IzzyM, for the wonderful hub! Voted up& awesome+shared! Cheers!

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      IzzyM 3 years ago from UK

      Thanks Elias! It would be wonderful to think that this hub inspired loads of plastic bottle greenhouses to be built. What a saving for the landfill sites!

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      pinkhawk 3 years ago from Pearl of the Orient

      This is really cool! ^_^ Want to try this in the future... thank you for sharing this idea.

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      IzzyM 3 years ago from UK

      You're welcome :) It's a lot of work, but it is free.

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      Kas 3 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      This is one of the best greenhouse construction hubs I've seen yet. My wife and I are planning on building one here soon but we had never considered using bottles. I think I'll have to save this hub in my bookmarks. I'm seriously so thankful you did this. Voting this up and very useful personally to us.

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      IzzyM 3 years ago from UK

      Many thanks, Kasman! Collecting bottles takes the longest time, so it might be an idea to start now, even though you are not ready to construct the greenhouse. Of course it doesn't have to be a free-standing structure. The choice is yours, it could be a lean-to, a mini-greenhouse, a covering for a raised bed garden, or many other potential designs. PET plastic is top-grade and will withstand almost anything so should last for years.

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      Jennifer Lynch 3 years ago from Stowmarket, Suffolk.

      Brilliant - I think good to use plastic water bottles and not promote fizzy drinks because they are really bad for you!! But excellent blog and might well have a go.

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      IzzyM 3 years ago from UK

      This is true Jennifer, the water bottles are made of the same PET plastic even though less people use them :)

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      lesliebyars 3 years ago from Alabama

      I think that this is a wonderful idea and I am going to remember this. Thank you for sharing!!

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      Insightful Tiger 3 years ago

      This is a very Cool hub, and I'm so happy you included pictures! voted up and shared!

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      IzzyM 3 years ago from UK

      Thanks guys, that is a big help to me, as Google has never really sent any traffic to this hub, and so it depends on social traffic only.

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      Muhammad Zeeshan 3 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan

      its a very innovative scheme hopefully many other people will use it ~~~ i have no garden... ~~

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      IzzyM 3 years ago from UK

      Well, that will save you a LOT of work LOL! Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment :)

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      Chen 3 years ago

      Holy cow, I am speechless. That is amazing. What a money-saver, planet-saver, and so good for the plants, too. Unbelievable, that's for sharing this great idea. VU & everything!

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      tebo 3 years ago from New Zealand

      I too think this is a great idea. I was thinking like you suggested in a previous comment this idea could be used on a smaller scale for frost tender areas of the garden etc. So many uses - great!

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      DommaLeigh 3 years ago

      Kewl idea. I doubt my city would let me have one but it would be worth finding out. I love my little veggie garden and I could see protecting it with one of these.

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      IzzyM 3 years ago from UK

      I don't see how the city could object - it's not a permanent structure though it should last a few years. Good luck!

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      DommaLeigh 3 years ago

      The city has a blight ordinance, the wording is such that if they don't like it, they call it blight and you have to remove it or they fine you. I already did a few rounds to keep my artwork on my garage door. I have seen them make people get rid of the old tire flower pots from their yards because they where used tires and against code.

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      Chaz 3 years ago from UK

      Guess I'm coming to this hub a bit late, but, you say in it that you would like to have a construction without a wooden frame.

      Thinking about it, I reckon you could construct a bottle greenhouse in a similar manner to a polytunnel.

      The bottles could be formed into a curved frame, replacing the 'scaffolding poles'. creating the semi-circle by utilising flexible cane similar to that used in pop-up tents - there must be a better way, though.

      This could be continued all the way down the length - this way the construction could be as long as you require. Otherwise use straight sections of bottles to join a number of curved sections together, and then cover with polythene, or bubble wrap.

      The ends could be constructed as per your instructions, or they too could be covered with plastic / bubble wrap (in two sections, so that one can gain access).

      Hope I've explained this so you can understand what I have visualised in my mind.

      If I had a garden I'd try this for myself.

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      IzzyM 3 years ago from UK

      Wow! Thanks for taking the time to think of a solution to the construction problem. Much appreciated :)

    • Martine 2 years ago

      Couls I use green bottles for this project?

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      IzzyM 2 years ago from UK

      I don't see why not. It would just be like having a shaded greenhouse!

    • Martine 2 years ago

      Thanks for the reply IzzyM. Another question though...would there be enough light inside the greenhouse to start seeds in spring, as the bottles are a quite dark green colour? I've read that one needs a grow light? No problem with heat I think, as it gets very hot in France.

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      IzzyM 2 years ago from UK

      Your seedlings will need light. I would honestly start them off elsewhere and put them into the greenhouse at the height of summer. I imagine the summer sun in France would be too hot for them. and a green shaded greenhouse will help keep them cool. The other thing you could do is build your greenhouse with green bottles, but make sun windows with clear plastic bottles and place your seedlings under them?

    • Martine 2 years ago

      The sun windows is a geat idea, thanks! Never would have thought of that. Now to find some clear bottles...

      Awesome hub by the way!

    • Rick 2 years ago

      This is a great idea and a great article. I will start mine after the home construction/remodeling is finished. I have a large storage shed, (12X20), and an acre of land.

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Wow I will now start collecting plastic bottles, but it will take some time since we mostly have glass bottles, unless there is a way to do it with glass bottles? Its the cutting that would be a great deal of work I recon he. Great hub! I will try the idea in a small sample for the seedlings.

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      Andrew Douse 2 years ago

      Nice hub, i'm new here being a squidooer, but as squidoo had sold out to hubpages my plastic bottle greenhouse page will be transferring over. I built one 5 years ago and have recorded its progress since. Ongoing info about how well it works, and what I grow.

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      IzzyM 2 years ago from UK

      Well done you and welcome to Hubpages! No worries if you have similar hub. This one's already copied all over the web so it's been downgraded :( good luck with yours!

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      Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Izzy, you'd better get your bones over to the PO thread an let us know how you've been. We've been worrying about your absence and how you've been lately. :)

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      Li Perry 2 years ago

      AWESOME! A really great idea.. since summer is almost over, I am going to try to find a free greenhouse for myself!

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      Poetry Chick 2 years ago from Wisconsin

      That is a very neat idea. I love the way you gave step by step instructions on how to do the project. It is very useful, teacher kids about the environment and is very eco-friendly. I look forward to more of your blogs!

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      jill of alltrades 2 years ago from Philippines

      Very useful and interesting! Cool!!!

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      Fay Favored 2 years ago from USA

      This is something that I'm sure we could do, especially since we have to buy water for drinking. Pinning this for sure. Thanks for bringing this idea to our attention.

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      Marie Giunta 2 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      What an excellent idea, and depending on how many plastic bottles are available, a community garden group could probably build more than one. I'm pinning this and showing it to my local garden group so we can start collecting those bottles.

    • Dixie 2 years ago

      It seems like if you could arrange it so that you didn't have to cut the bottom or top off and filled it with some clear liquid that wouldn't evaporate (I'm not sure what that would be), that would add insulation. If you added water and glued the lids back on, would the water evaporate? I am not a scientist as you can tell, but surely someone could come up with something.

    • reza 2 years ago

      I think is one kind of creativity and really suitable for good environment.

      plastic bottle is dust after use but is not dust.Really awesome idea for good environment .

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      Sam Deal 2 years ago from Earth

      This is such a cool idea and so inspiring the way you think~

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      Angela F 2 years ago from Seattle, WA

      What a great recycling project this would make! Pinned

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      Jemjoseph 2 years ago

      This greenhouse made of bottles is awesome, the type of bottles that I frequently use are much bigger, I wonder if they could be used the same way and what it would look like.

    • PaynesGrey 2 years ago

      Fantastic idea, I'm a great one for recycling and love my plants too, I shall try this on a scale to suit my small garden. Thank you so much for the information.

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      Besarien 2 years ago

      This was such a great tip. Nice job!

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      Solaras 2 years ago

      Very cool Thumbs up and shared on FB!

    • MATTY 2 years ago

      Have for sure i'll do it.

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      Nicu 23 months ago from Oradea, Romania

      It's first time I see a greenhouse like this. It's awesome.

    • highland_exile 21 months ago

      Interesting in theory, but there is nothing 'less green' about using wood for a frame if it comes from a sustainable source, or reclaimed wood is used. Our kennel is built out of my fathers old garden shed, which started life 50 yrs ago as a henhouse. Not green?

    • mgbeheler 21 months ago

      I've been collecting bottles for about a year and a half, from personal consumption and a few parties. Stored some in my shed, but soon had too many. Began putting them in big garbage bags and storing them under the shed. Decided to go ahead and remove labels and bottoms of the bottles as I collected them, so I could fit a few more in each bag.

      Discovered wind can blow a bags of empty plastic bottles from under a shed, and sprinkle both bags and bottles all over a lawn. Weather weakens the bags, too.

      Decided to go ahead and string them like beads on some clothes line. It takes 10 bottles to make a column 8 feet tall. It takes 3 columns side by side to make a panel a foot wide. So to make a 4X8 panel, the size of a sheet of plywood, one bottle thick it takes 120 bottles.

      3x4=12. 12x10=120.

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      Nicolette Goff 20 months ago from British Columbia

      Good information for people recycling their bottles into a greenhouse! Thanks.

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    • rachel Smithh 14 months ago

      well I think we are going to find out how well it will stand up to extreme sun and heat I live in buckeye Arizona we've been known to easily have 115 to 126 degree summers so after I can get one built which will take me a little while to do since it will be only me building it. i'll let u know jus how well it will stand up against our scorching summers I'm jus hoping it doesn't wilt melt or combust from built up heat trapping in bottles over time . I've seen many things out here heat pressure explode from tires on parked cars the huge glass trunk window on my parked Trans am trash cans to bottles. so this could interesting if the ends heat seal to the inner lock bottles.. guess there's only one way to find out build it way Frm house and see what happens over time. I'll keep u posted if goes well or not. if anyone else lives in harsh place like mine and worry bout that u can always drill 1 small hole in side of bottles on the inside of green house. I've seen plastic bottles out here worp & melt together so I have 50/50 it could go either way but I'm a risk taker & not gonna drill vent holes .

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      Susan Britton 13 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      Wow What an idea to upcycle plastic bottles. If we made them bigger they could be shelters for the homeless. I would live in one. They would be warm. This has great easy to follow instructions. Maybe the frames could be pvc pipes. The pipes could be drilled out and the cane poles would fit right into the holes.

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      Richard Lindsay 9 months ago from California

      Great idea but I don't think I would have the patience for it.

    • shahnaz kaouser 8 months ago

      its amazing, help me a lot ...

    • bornjester1559 3 months ago

      I know i'm still a little "green" about all this house building.

    • Chris lee 2 months ago

      lit fam we are doing this in our school

    • Ann Brown 2 weeks ago

      You say trees have to be cut for the frame, why not use PVC pipe. My greenhouse is all plastic, frame and cover which is double bubble wrap. Held in place be plastic tape.

    • vela 4 days ago

      Would this last long enough to justify the time and trouble? Seems like these plastic bottles become very brittle very quickly, especially with outdoor exposure.

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