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That Building Is Made of WHAT?

Earth911 gives us this astonishing fact: Americans buy 29.8 billion water bottles each year, and 80% of these end up in a landfill. Even more astonishingly, 80% of Americans have easy access to recycling programs, either through curbside pick up or community drop off bins, but choose to toss plastic bottles into the trash anyway. Since we're not the only country with this propensity for laziness, that's a whole lot of plastic that could be recycled taking up precious landfill space around the world. 

But what are you going to do? Some of us will make a concerted effort to improve our recycling efforts. Fewer of us will work to improve the recycling habits of our family. A handful of us will be motivating forces behind increased recycling program at our schools or workplaces. And very, very few of us will do what Arthur Huang did in Taiwan. 

EcoARKEcoARKCommissioned by Far Eastern Group, EcoARK was to be built with the familiar Reduce, Reuse, Recycle mantra in mind. After contemplating what type of traditional trash would best meet the needs of the project, Huang settled on plastic bottles since, in Taiwan, a mere 4% are recycled, according to TreeHugger

Though it took three years to complete, the building is clearly beautiful--a work of art as much as it is a statement on waste and the power of recycling.

If Huang can do this, what can you do?EcoARKEcoARK

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