British eco-pioneer Rishi Sowa began constructing his first Spiral Island in 1998. He used around 250,000 plastic bottles to build a 66x54ft (20x16m) island which was located in a lagoon near Puerto Aventuras, on the Caribbean coast of Mexico.Unfortunately, it was completely destroyed by Hurricane Emily in 2005, but not discouraged, he decided to build a new one: Spiral Island II!
He began to build his second island in 2007 in the waters of Isla Mujeres, the "Island of Women", which is apparently a safer place,Like for the first island, he filled nets with empty discarded plastic bottles to support a structure of plywood and bamboo, on which he poured sand and planted numerous plants, including mangroves. The new island is about 20 metres (66 ft) in diameter and is set on ‘only’ 100,000 plastic bottles.The new island has beaches, a house, two ponds, a solar-powered waterfall and river, and solar panels. He was helped by volunteers for his project and is still continuing to make improvements to the island.