It”s hard to hate recycling. Sure, it means another bin or two in your home, but it also means fewer landfills in the world. After all, glass, paper, and plastic are all made from finite materials, so recycling lets us use a lot less of the world”s non-renewable resources. You probably even have quite a few items made from recycled materials in your home right now.
But what would an entire building made from recycled materials look like? (No, we”re not talking about a church made from repurposed skulls.) Instead of using recycled bottles to make other bottles, a temple in Thailand used them for an even greater purpose: the actual temple itself!
This is the beautiful Wat Pa Maha Chedi Kaew, better known as the Million Bottle Temple.
The temple gets its nickname from the fact that it”s actually made from nearly 1.5 million bottles.
Everything inside and outside the temple is made using recycled beer bottles.
The place is littered with bottles (in the non-polluting sort of way).
The Million Bottle Temple expanded over the years to include sleeping quarters, working bathrooms, and a crematorium.
(via Slate, Atlas Obscura, Daily Mail)
The temple is still under construction, as bottles are continuously added in the hopes of building even more parts of the temple. One has to wonder, however, how this temple gets rid of their other recyclable materials. Between all those beer bottles and cap sculptures, there has to be a “paper only” basket somewhere.