Glass jar greenhouse is Duval's ultimate upgrade project |

2021-11-10 03:25:23 By : Mr. Jack Hou

Duval, Washington — Axton Burton knows exactly how many jars are on the walls of this greenhouse:

Because Axton scrubbed Every. single. one.

"I am a cleaning master now, so you can name any of these bottles, and I can tell you what is in them. For some reason, kimchi, pickles, and spicy mustard are all in them. The small bottles are dried. Dried tomatoes, pesto, and nail polish bottles are great."

Axton-with the help of partner James-created the final upgrade project in Duvall: a greenhouse made of glass jars that would otherwise be thrown into a recycling bin.

"I need a greenhouse, but I also need to be able to help the earth and reuse things."

Axton's father built the framework-they sourced jars from the Facebook group of the Eastside community.

Inside, they reused everything from cat food cans to candle holders.

Cork stopper-now a decorative line around the door frame.

The original low-cost greenhouse quickly turned into a passionate project, and soon people asked to visit this beautiful little building that didn't waste anything. Even the used lids are hung on a wall with "thank you" written on them from people who have visited-a guest book with entries on the recycled lids. 

The lid is painted with bright nail polish-collected from hundreds of small bottles recovered by Axton to fill the gaps.

Axton said: "The children are very happy to write their names on them. That's great, and I hope this will also help them learn to reuse things."

This greenhouse will be more than just a home for the exotic plants cultivated by Axton and James.

Some jars face outwards and provide nesting materials for birds and bees.

"I think it would be very interesting to see nature interacting with the things I built in it."

Axton's creation spread throughout the country:

"I was posting next door, and I thought it was just a local. I woke up the next day and people in eastern Washington said what should I do? How do I build this? The next morning, I woke up and saw people from 16 different states , Mainly the teacher, ask me how to build this?" So far, people from Oklahoma, North Carolina and South Carolina, New Jersey and New York have contacted Axton.

They are happy to share construction skills, but the house is not for sale.

"I think it's incredible, what he did is really incredible, and he inspired others to do it," said James Weber, a partner at Aston.

This expert upgrades the recycler-and the chief bottle washer-hopes that this greenhouse will encourage all of us to look at what we throw away in a different way and consider turning it into something beautiful.

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