Hot project: hothouse from PET bottles

The environment teacher, parents and students at Wanniassa Hills Primary School recently joined forces to create an innovative hothouse made from PET bottles! The original inspiration and design for the hothouse came from an article discovered on the internet.

Completed hothouse

The finished hothouse.

To complete the hothouse:

  • the school community collected 2000 empty PET bottles
  • Bunnings Warehouse donated garden canes for the wall construction
  • a handy parent built the frame for the hothouse
  • students got to work cutting the bottoms off the bottles, removing labels and threading the bottles onto the garden canes. These canes were then slotted into the frame to make the walls of the hothouse.

Close up of completed hothouse

Drink bottles are threaded on to garden canes to make the walls.  

This experience provided an opportunity for students to learn about recycling, the greenhouse effect and growing plants. Social benefits included team-work, cooperation and the involvement of volunteers.

This article appeared in ParentACTion, Term 2, 2014. See other past editions of our quarterly magazine.