From Problem to Opportunity: Houses Made of Tires in Colombia

What may appear to be a problem can actually mean an opportunity.

Colombians throw out more than 5.3 million tires a year, according to official figures. This means nearly 100,000 tonnes of rubber that can pollute the environment. But these tires that litter the roads of Colombia have now been used as materials to build unique houses instead, thanks to the efforts of  a 35-year-old environmental activist: Alexandra Posada.

Posada revealed to Agence France-Presse (AFP) that she gets the tires for free “because it’s a huge problem for people to get rid of them.” She added: “They take thousands of years to decompose — which we’ve transformed from a problem into an opportunity.” When these tires are used as construction materials, “they become virtually eternal bricks.”

The houses made of tires are also a picture of artistry. See photos of the houses below:

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Based on reports from AFP
Photos: Eitan Abramovich/AFP

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