Polli-Bricks, the stuff of miracles

I never thought I would get excited about a brick, but the Polli-Brick is a potentially life-changing building material that can’t be talked up enough. The Polli-Brick is, essentially, a 6-liter plastic bottle made of 100% post-consumer PET. The bottles have a gear-like structure that allows them to lock together into light-weight but insanely strong panels that can withstand earthquakes and hurricanes. Stack enough of these panels and voilà, you have a building.

Still, it seems crazy to make any kind of large structure with plastic walls, but the 9-story Taipei pavilion, built for the International Flora Expo 2010, proves that it works. The bricks are also being used in six other large-scale, permanent projects, including a hotel. Not only are the bricks strong and secure, but they use a self-cleaning water drip system. They make construction a breeze and they’re available to any country with a recycling plant. So far it looks like only Asia is using them, but hopefully the rest of world get on board.