What do you do if you live in a community where discarded plastic bottles abound and new school classrooms are needed?

If you’re a Peace Corps Volunteer (PCV), you might come up with a plan to use the bottles, stuffed with trash, to construct school walls.

Mobilizing her rural Guatemalan community to collect over 6,000 used plastic drink bottles from ditches, gutters and trash piles,  PCV Laura Kutner helped reuse and recycle these bottles and other plastic trash into something that benefited the community.

Her project is being featured at this year’s Smithsonian Folklife Festival along with other innovative Peace Corps projects including a bicycle powered cell phone charger/maize sheller and a solar dryer from Zambia.

More about the bottle project can be found here.

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