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Man Builds His Own Self-Sustaining Island Using Over 150,000 Recycled Water Bottles

Everyone at some point or another dreams of what it would be like to own their own island. A little slice of paradise where you have complete control over what goes on. This would probably be my dream scenario if I am being honest. For almost everyone in the world however, it won’t ever be fiscally possibly. A man from Britain is taking matters into his own hands though, and actually MAKING his own island. Yes, you read that right, he is making his own island. The process is incredibly unique, but absolutely fascinating. Check out how he is doing it below!

This is the man himself, Richart Sowa. He is an Eco-Architect, and this is actually the 2nd island he has made. The first one was destroyed in a hurricane in 2005.

Man Builds His Own Self-Sustaining Island Using Over 150,000 Recycled Water Bottles
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Man Builds His Own Self-Sustaining Island Using Over 150,000 Recycled Water Bottles

He offers tours of his own little slice of paradise and has named it ‘Joyxee Island’. He does ask for donations though to help to continue the growth of the island.

Man Builds His Own Self-Sustaining Island Using Over 150,000 Recycled Water Bottles
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The consists of 4 layers. 150,000 recycled water bottles makes up the bottom layer which allows the island to stay above water, with earth being put on top of that. Then another layer of trash and yet another layer of earth.

Man Builds His Own Self-Sustaining Island Using Over 150,000 Recycled Water Bottles
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The last part consists of getting plants and trees to take root in the earth. The roots will spread out and eventually be the main thing that holds the whole island together.

Man Builds His Own Self-Sustaining Island Using Over 150,000 Recycled Water Bottles
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He has his own little kitchen inside his house on the island. As you could probably guess, the entire thing is run off of renewable energy, specifically solar power.

Man Builds His Own Self-Sustaining Island Using Over 150,000 Recycled Water Bottles
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His toilet is completely biodegradable. He uses his waste to fertilize the plants taking root on the island.

Man Builds His Own Self-Sustaining Island Using Over 150,000 Recycled Water Bottles
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He even has a brilliant little shower, the head of which is a conch shell!

Man Builds His Own Self-Sustaining Island Using Over 150,000 Recycled Water Bottles
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Man Builds His Own Self-Sustaining Island Using Over 150,000 Recycled Water Bottles
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Man Builds His Own Self-Sustaining Island Using Over 150,000 Recycled Water Bottles
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Man Builds His Own Self-Sustaining Island Using Over 150,000 Recycled Water Bottles
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Check Out The Interview And Tour With Him In The Video Below.

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This really is an incredible idea this guy had. The fact that he was able to put his plan into action is even more impressive. He seems to have quite a bit of knowledge on how this whole process works. He also seems to have plenty of other ideas on how to make improvements to the island. He even wants to make fins and a rudder for it, allowing it to move and be steered.

Update: Sadly, the island is no more. It was damaged by storms, and the local authorities made the owner remove it.

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