Richart “Rishi” Sowa is from the United Kingdom. But he’s built his own private island halfway across the world in Mexico.
Richart’s island is located in the waters of “Isla Mujeres” near Cancun.
The island initially started at about 65 feet in diameter, but has since been expanded to 80+ feet.
The island is held together primarily by plant roots, but, as Richart explains, getting the plants to take roots is the hardest part.
That’s because his island is actually made up of many layers of dirt and trash.
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“It’s like a lasagna,” he explains.
There’s trash (mostly floatables like plastic bottles) then dirt, then more trash and more dirt.
In all, the island contains upwards of about 100,000 plastic bottles.
But don’t let that fool you. The island, which you can take a tour of yourself, features three small beaches, a house, two ponds, a waterfall (powered by solar energy) and solar panels.
Richart plans to continue to make improvements to the island for the foreseeable future.