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MORE LIVING OFF THE GRID- Spiral Island II – The Floating Plastic Island


Spiral Island II – The Floating Plastic Island

Daniel Neville



Mr Rishi Sowa has possibly one of the most interesting houses on the planet – but thats because he lives on a floating island that he made out of empty plastic bottles held together with mangrove plants… 

Spiral Island 1

Infact Rishi has built infact built a floating island before, Spiral Island Ihis first effort was unfortunately destroyed by hurricane Emily in 2005. The good news is that he was not discouraged and pushed on the build a new one – Spiral Island II. Located in the waters of Isla Meieres in Mexico. Just like the first island Rishi filled nets with empty discarded plastic bottles to support a structure of plywood and bamboo, on which he poured sand and planted numerous plants, including mangroves. The new island is about 20 meters (66 ft) in diameter and is set on ‘only’ 100,000 plastic bottles.The new island has beaches, a house, two ponds, a solar-powered waterfall and river, and solar panels – quite luxurious im sure you will agree. He was helped by volunteers for his project and is still continuing to make improvements to the island.

Spiral Island 2

Spiral Island 3

One of the most impressive DIY projects ever attempted the project has gained quite a bit of attention – including some coverage on The Discovery ChannelSpiral Island has also inspired volunteers to come to Mexico and help Rishi Sowa improve his creation as well as start building their own versions themselves. Check out the Spiral Island website, you could pay it a visit yourself, and listen to Rishi talking about his creation below: