Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Recycling story of the day

In Heaven there is no beer, but in Thailand, the monks collect empty beer bottles to make them into a temple.

Via Atlas Obscura:

Almost three decades ago, one monk and his acolytes had grown tired of the mounting litter in the Sisaket area near Cambodia. To promote recycling and cleaning the landscape, the monks encouraged everyone in the area to bring them recycled beer bottles to create a temple complex.
Formed mostly out of green Heineken and brown Chang (the local favorite) beer bottles, the monks began with a temple, and later formed a crematorium, water towers, sleeping quarters and even toilets. Pushed into the concrete of the walls, every detail of the buildings inside and out are formed from the recycled bottles. Aside from whole bottles, the monks also incorporated bottle caps to create mosaics and Buddhist designs inside of the temple.

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