A teacher in a public school, in the city of Rio de Janeiro, used a popular news story from a few years ago to stimulate the creativity of her students living in a poor area of town. Showing this house as an example of how recycling along with creativity can help solve some problems. The exercise lesson that she created after discussing this article with her students allowed the kids to construct chairs from recycled soda bottles.
Article from Folha de Sao Paulo, dated 03/01/2007:
“We live in a capitalist system, which gives the right to prosperity, which gives me the right to have my private island,” Luiz Fernando Barreto de Queiroz Bishop, 40, explains. Who lives in a house constructed out of recycled trash that floats on the water in one of the most polluted canals in Guanabara Bay, Rio de Janeiro.
His house was made on eight, cubic meter blocks of polystyrene foam and 4000 soda bottles. The bathroom has a full bath tub. In the “ground”, there is a garden of synthetic grass, a red carpet and an Opal 1982, purchased for $1,000 reais. Apart from the Opal and the cement construction material everything else including; bed and sofa, were found in the canal.
The new house shakes with the arrival of visitors despite appearing firm after they go on board. “I used things that pollute the canal that the government should clean up.” Built with plastic bottles and furnished with old furniture removed from the bay, Bishop did not have the approval of the public environmental institution SERLA (State Superintendent of Rivers and Lakes), which has tried to fine him. He was notified that he was guilty of “invasion with intent to occupy public waters of the state domain” and needed to withdraw from there.
However, the house was saved from an order of removal by SERLA because the Secretary of State for Environment Carlos Minc became involved and intervened on behalf of Bishop. According to Bishop, his house “is the Mona Lisa of the neighborhood, a work of art that everyone wants to see”.