He is quite happy.
In the late 90’s Richard moved to Mexico from the UK. Ten years ago, out of 150,000 plastic bottles Richart built his first ekoproekt — floating island. And settled on it.
I’d hate to see how much debris is left behind by people, I mean not only that they are just thrown out on the street, and even some for humanity runs a garbage trail.
I have over 20 years wanted to live on his island. And just as much wanted to find a solution — how to reuse many of the materials. I think I came up with a good idea.
I take plastic bottles in large dumps and in dumpsters. Empty bottles are fastened together and placed in mesh for fruit. Put it all in a wooden frame, the top film and the boardwalk. On top of the deck is filled with the sand and silt from the bottom. The result is something like a sandwich. Ultraviolet light does not fall on the plastic and does not destroy it.
I built a fairly high house with Jacuzzi, planted mangroves — they germinate quickly, bonding the roots of the platform, stabilize and provide shade.
My island is constructed of 70% recycled materials, I called him Gosexy.
Island Gosexy with garden — this is my third island. The first two were destroyed by hurricanes. At first I was robinsoni from the mainland coast of Mexico, and then moved to the Isla mujeres.
Why Isla mujeres? First, it is the only island in the world called the island of Women. Look at the map — the outlines of the island look like a fish. Head — in the South, where on a rocky promontory is the ancient Mayan temple. Here come the girls together with the shaman to meet the sun and to pray for the pregnancy. And the North of the island is similar to the fish tail: the tail is moving, therefore, all dancing (disco and most of the hotels are located here). But my Gosexy — in the womb of a pregnant fish. Protected from the storms and tribulations.
On Gosexy in a few years rose garden: palm trees, fruit trees, herbs, tomatoes, melons, lemons…
A small island with a squat house where I live now, you can pull up on the rope close to great, and you can go away. This island I built recently.
All the amenities I moved into a new house. It is fully Autonomous, there is a bedroom, a kitchen with a gas stove, solar panels, wind turbine, composting toilets and a shower. The composting provides fertilizer for the trees, and under the platform in the shade of the island is located underwater inhabitants — a new ecosystem.
I have arranged the collection of rain water, why buy the water when it fall from the sky?
It’s weird that the sand under your feet wobbles, but don’t be afraid, we will not fail at sea.
It may seem that a rest — to live on your island Paradise. But the physical a lot of work — especially in the early years.
My house was built of plywood, bamboo, wood, palm leaves and cloth, in a tropical climate materials quickly deteriorate. Recently a large house collapsed. Waves from passing boats were chatting platform in different directions and gradually shifted the base of the house.
I have two adult daughters, two sons and seven grandchildren. Every three years I go to England, relatives sometimes come to me.
In March 2013, through the Internet I met jodie, a former top model. I was 60, she’s 47. We liked each other, and life in a tropical Paradise on a private island seemed tempting. We were happy. Now I live alone.
I make music (sing your own songs) and art. Demonstrate your floating art objects to tourists. Earlier stood on the shore, my raft for eight people (also from the bottle) and ad.
For 50 pesos, people were getting a tour, cupcake “from Richart, SOA” of the solar stove and the Jamaica tea (hibiscus). Oh, I forgot to tell: my cupcake prepared, need at least a year (laughs).
Last week my island drifted to shore and someone robbed him. The first time it happened. Stole tools and ropes. Don’t know who did it. We moved the island to a safe place. It’s a huge relief!
People living on the island out of trash, many seem at least strange, but I have a more liberal view. We, together with my island adapt to the changing circumstances of life.
What is most difficult? Not all understand me and support. But faith and friends help you to stay in a good mood. My philosophy is: enter as strangers and leave as friends.
I am free and therefore happy. There is a huge scope for creativity of the architect and the artist, as if tired of standing in one place, I will move my house to where I like it.
A man can live in harmony with the Earth, to consume less, to use the debris to build such Islands. They provide shade for coral reefs are dying from global warming, and new places for the teeming masses of people on the planet.
I tried to raise money for the creation of such an eco – and art-objects, like my island, but not too successfully.
In life there are UPS and downs. But most importantly it is peace, wisdom, love and fullness of joy.
Everyone is trying to find the way to heaven. People, open your eyes and look!