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Welcome to the Bottle School Wiki!

Please, Read This First for information on how to use this Wiki, and how to provide feedback.

Please contact us if you require a PDF version of the Bottle School Manual.

Please email if you have any questions or if you need any help.

Selecting a site

  1. Community Participation and Involvement
  2. Things to Consider
  3. Establishing a budget
  4. Finding a Site
  5. Environmental Education
  6. Environmental Education Activities
  7. Collecting Bottles
  8. Making "Eco-Bricks"
  9. Skilled and Unskilled Labor
  10. Partnerships and Fundraising
  11. Contracts and Agreements

Construction Steps: 1 - 21

This is to serve as a general guide to the execution of bottle school construction. This manual is not designed to teach you how to build a bottle school single-handed. Your job will be to bring many people together with different roles and skills to make the project work well. We're not expecting you to know how to mix cement or tie rebar, but a good understanding of the basic principles will make you a better facilitator.

  1. Bottle Size Variation Chart
  2. Making “eco-bricks”
  3. Clear and level land
  4. Foundation
  5. Pins
  6. Columns and Beams
  7. Lower Beams
  8. Columns
  9. Columns and beams
  10. Columns & Beams for Doors
  11. Diagrams for Columns & Beams
  12. Floor Beam
  13. Intermediate and top beam
  14. Roof
  15. Chicken Wire 1
  16. Chicken Wire 2
  17. Placing Bottles in the Wall
  18. Plaster
  19. Floor
  20. Doors & Windows
  21. Finishes

Finishing touches

  1. Decoration
  2. Inauguration
  3. Bringing volunteers

The next steps: how YOU can empower a community to build a bottle school

  1. Getting started
  2. Project Requirements
  3. Project Timeline
  4. Application Packet


  1. Completed bottle schools
  2. About Hug It Forward
  3. Bottle Schools in the news
  4. Environmental Education Materials
  5. How to get in touch
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