A hotel that is made completely from rubbish has recently opened in the Spanish capital, Madrid.
The walls of the Beach Garbage Hotel are covered with refuse and debris deposited by the tide in Europe, mixed with some waste found at dumps and the occasional item bought from a flea market! The hotel's creator hopes to highlight the issue of ocean pollution.
The German born artist Ha Schult built the five-bedroom hotel in the central Plaza de Callao to tie in with the city's hosting of the International Tourism Fair
Schult said he hoped to draw attention to the massive amount of waste generated by mass tourism in Europe.
"I created the Beach Garbage Hotel because the oceans of our planet are the biggest garbage dump," he told the AFP news agency.
About 30% to 40% of the objects found in the temporary guesthouse were found on beaches in the UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain.
Rose Piqueras, the spokeswoman for this environmental awareness project, said the aim was to show something contrasting with the pictures that are generally painted by the tourism industry.
"We wanted to show what our holidays could become if we don't clean our beaches," she said, adding that the beaches of southern Italy were worst.