The founders of JD Composites, Joel German, ;eft, and David Saulnier, sit in the house they built using over 600,000 recycled plastic bottles. On the table, shards of plastic show the first stage of the recycling process. (Brett Ruskin/CBC )

A beach house that’s way more than just a house by the beach

It doesn’t take a genius to know that plastic is a commodity that has–to understate–seen better days.

Everybody’s trying to do something about its ill-effects, or at least say they are.

The builders say the idea of building it with recycled bottles was simply a case of thinking outside the box. (Brett Ruskin/CBC )

It appears a pair of Nova Scotia residents may have landed on something with big-time, positive repercussions.

They designed and built a house made out of 612,000 recycled plastic bottles.

An example of the custom slabs that make up the home’s walls and roof. (Brett Ruskin/CBC)

That’s 612,000 plastic bottles that aren’t sitting in a landfill or at the bottom on the ocean or washed up on beach somewhere.

The house is constructed with recycled aluminium, wood and dry wall.

More important, it’s made with slabs from recycled polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles–bottles that were reduced to pellets and injected with gas that turned them into foam that was shaped into panels used to build the walls, which provide both structural strength and insulation.

The house was officially built by a company called JD Composites, another way of saying Joel German and David Saulnier.

I spoke by phone with Saulnier on Wednesday.

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