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This Guy Turns Soda Bottles Into Awesome, Sustainable Gardens

Get ready to watch garbage get turned into greenery. Whereas most people associate plastic waste with pollution and ecological devastation, Willem Van Cotthem decided to view it as an aid in creating a lush, green garden space. With a small yard to work with, plastic soda bottles turned out to be the ideal medium for a vertical planting system.

While everything starts out looking like any old trash heap might, as the structure builds and then the greenery begins to bud, blossom, and fruit, you wouldn’t even know that underneath it all was a very clever system of plastic bottles, soil, and even irrigation. It really is a wonderful thing to watch this clever vertical garden grow. There’s nothing quite like nature to make you feel a little more liberated from the steel and concrete (and plastic!) of civilization, so it’s only fitting to use one of its trappings to design a little bit of nature that can fit just about anywhere.

Even if you don’t want to spend as much time as Willem on a project as big as his, even one line of bottles could end up being a pretty neat little addition to a backyard. We think the results speak for themselves. We're already thinking of a neat little vertical herb garden, just outside the kitchen window, or maybe several flowering columns, rising up at each fence post in the yard! The possibilities are endless when you add this new dimension into your own landscaping at home.

H/T: Willem Van Cotthem

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