One Man’s Trash is Another Man’s Treasure

In Capurgana, Colombia I met a man named Carlos who built many parts of his home out of recycled bottles, cans, and plastic crates he had found near his house.  He lives there with his wife and three kids.  We chatted for quite a while and at one point I asked him “why?”. His response was perfect:  “because the trash was everywhere”.  Many times I ponder how this logic could change the world.   If something is a nuisance and we have the capacity to change it, why not simply act? Below are photos of Carlos’ home and brilliant re-use of discarded items.


  1. I’ve run into a few artists like this in my travels as well. These are people that just must create art and will do it with whatever they can get their hands on.

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