Now THIS is upcycling!
Yes, that’s a Buddhist temple in Thailand, constructed using 1.5 million recycled glass bottles.
I know, amazing, isn’t it?!
The Wat Pa Maha Chedio Kaew temple has found a way to bottle-up Nirvana, literally. The temple, which sits in Thailand’s Sisaket province, roughly 370 miles northeast of Bangkok is made of more than a million recycled glass bottles. True to its nickname, “Wat Lan Kuad” or “Temple of Million Bottles” features glass bottles throughout the premises of the temple, including the crematorium, surrounding shelters, and yes – even the toilets. There’s an estimated 1.5 million recycled bottles built into the temple, and as you might have guessed, they are committed to recycling more. After all, the more bottles they get, the more buildings they are able to construct.
The monks started building this structure in 1984, so that’s a lot of years of accumulated karma!
It’s beautiful, practical, and it helps the planet.
Here are some more photos (quality’s not great, but they still tell the story):