The EcoBrick movement is certainly gaining momentum across the world. Sadly, the UK and Wales in particular is a little slow on the uptake. I’m happy to announce that my allotments are now collecting EcoBricks to be used across the plots.
If you’re not familiar with EcoBricks, here’s what they say:
When we save, segregate and pack plastics into bottles, we can make building blocks that can be reused over and over again. Together we can build green spaces that enrich our community and remove plastic from the biosphere. Together we can transition from plastic to ever greener harmony with Earth’s cycles.
Now, what they mean is that we take our plastic that is destined for the rubbish bin, cut it up and stuff it into empty plastic bottles to make an EcoBrick, which can then be used to make large and long lasting structures.
Our allotments are going to use them for the communal areas, to make benches and tables as well as planters for the plot holders. It’s a fabulous way to get the plastic out of our biosphere and into a permanent place. If you want to be a part of this new movement, register with the website and create an account. From there you can log your own EcoBrick and then search for projects close to you to give them to. The whole idea is that your plastic brick doesn’t travel far (reducing emissions) and goes towards a local project (community building). One the website you can track how much plastic you’ve reduced and how much local brick makers are taking as well.
They have lots of useful information here on how to make your Ecobricks. It’s really important to get the brick density correct and this is easilly achieved by cutting up your plastic waste into small pieces before adding to the bottle, and using a strong stick to compact the material as you go.
I think it’s a fantastic idea and I really hope that more people can get on board. So far I’ve made 3 EcoBricks in the space of a month, taking 1.5kgs of plastic out of the ground and into a useable state.