Plastic water bottles can be recycled into almost anything. But no one imagine what this guy did to these containers.
Environmentalist and architect Richart Sowa built his own artificial floating island using more than 150,000 recycled water bottles. The 61-year-old man has been comfortably living there since 2008.
The British artist constructed his first floating paradise in 2005.But it got destroyed by by hostile weather conditions along with the second islet he made, which he called Spiral Island.
Unfazed by the two previous failed attempts, he decided— this time—to build the third in a lagoon.
With some help from a carpenter, Sowa constructed a sturdy foundation for the 25-meter long island that could withstand a hurricane.
They made a bamboo frame and filled it in with wood pellets and sand. They then attached thousands of bags full of air-filled plastic containers to it.
This gave the said land mass ample buoyancy to support the house and everything on it.
After seven years of hard work, he finally completed his own paradise whom he fondly called Joyxee Island. Richart then built a three-story house made from shells.
It has two bedrooms, a kitchen, three showers, and a wave-powered washing machine.
He has a 100-ft cable connected to shore which provides solar electricity, water, and internet access to the man-made isle.
Sowa, who originally hailed from Middleborough, Yorkshire, collects rain for running water, which trickles out from conch shells.
He also has a filtered pool mainly for bathing and a separate pool that works as a hot tub.
The floating island practically has everything a person needs. For food, Sowa grew fruit trees, edible herbs and plants from the sand and soil on Joyxee.
Eventually, he wishes to become completely self-sufficient.
“My plan is to become self-sufficient. I am a vegetarian, and have many plants growing on the Island which I eat, but for more variety I go by bicycle to the nearby local shop.
“I have a ferry I also made from plastic bottles, which can carry up to eight people to and from the shore,”
In 2014, Sowa met former Japanese supermodel Jodi Bowlin,47, over Facebook. He invited her to live with him on the island, and she quickly adopted Sowa’s lifestyle.
She also added a “woman’s touch” and encouraged him to make improvements on Joyxee.
According to Sobify, Mexican authorities consider the man-made island as an “eco-boat”. And Sowa has to comply with boating rules.
He has to carry emergency equipment such as fire extinguishers, ring buoys, and emergency kits.