Let's create a better world, one (eco)brick at a time!
What's an ecobrick?
While researching ways to reduce single-use plastic consumption, I came across ecobricks.
An ecobrick is a plastic bottle stuffed solid with used, clean and dry non-biodegradable waste to create a reusable building block - think those flimsy plastic bags used to carry fruit & veg, cling film, biscuit and candy wraps, silvery packets, etc.
Ecobricks can also be packed with other non-biological un-recyclables that, uncontained, are toxic to the environment (i.e. styrofoam, wires, small batteries, to name a few).
You’ll be surprised how much you can fit into one bottle!
Ecobricks are used to make modular furniture, garden spaces and full-scale buildings such as schools and houses.
Where can I drop it off? At the moment, we are looking for a new partner here in Ireland. We want to find a group or a business that will be able to collect the bricks and make useful pieces of furniture, walls and beyond with them!
If you know of anyone interested, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org - thanks in advance!
What to do?
BUILDING AN ECOBRICK IS EASY!
1) Save dry, clean, non-biodegradable, non-recyclable materials such as foil from tea bags, crisps and sweets, old photos, styrofoam bits, fruit & veg plastic wrappers, wax paper, cling film, plastic tags, packaging stickers and tape
2) Find clean 1.75ml or 2L fizzy or cordial drink bottles with a lid
3) Use a stick or the skinny side of a wooden spoon to press the waste into the bottle
4) Fill the bottle tightly to the top with compressed matter (it should feel really robust) - step on it and if it doesn't dent in, you are good to go!
5) Put the lid back on and pat yourself on the back -you have just built an ecobrick!
Why not build a small table for your garden or a stool chair for your playroom with your ecobricks? Share your creations with us!
Take a look at this video for more information on ecobricks!