Robert Bezeau has more than a million containers, and he’s already begun construction.

Robert Bezeau is the creator of Plastic Bottle Village—a community in Panama that reuses plastic bottles to build houses, roads, and more. Over the years, he’s accrued more than a million bottles, and construction is well underway. This documentary by MEL films goes inside the Plastic Bottle Village and introduces us to Bezeau and the young couple about to move into one of his plastic bottle homes.

This post originally appeared on The Atlantic.

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