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November 26th, 2008 · 1 Comment

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Knowing that this story combines three of my favourite things — beer, Eastern philosophy and neat-o whatnot — a buddy of mine sent me some info about this most postworthy endeavour.

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Lloyd Alter at Treehugger reports:

Fifty years ago the Heineken Beer company looked at reshaping its beer bottle to be useful as a building block. It never happened, so Buddhist monks from Thailand’s Sisaket province took matters into their own hands and collected a million bottles to build the Wat Pa Maha Chedi Kaew temple. It puts every other bottle building we have shown to shame.

Even the washrooms and the crematorium are built of bottles, a mix of green Heineken and brown local Chang beer.

Known locally as “Wat Lan Kuad,” which means “Temple of One Million Bottles,” the temple really does include more than a million empties in its design. The unorthodox building material was chosen both to cut costs and decrease local waste.

And what happens to all the bottle caps? They make up the compound’s many mosaics, of course.

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Images via Greenupgrader.
Thanks Theo!

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1 response so far ↓

  • 1 Gen Di Napoli // Nov 28, 2008 at 12:21 am

    This is pretty neat! More individuals and/or corporations should take their cue from these green, enterprising Buddhists.

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