ECO Bricks

Words: Simon Paterson
Images: FB Ecobricksuk

With ecobicks we have the chance to put the positive qualities of plastic that were once so problematic – longevity, durability – to good and green use!

An ecobrick is a two-litre plastic bottle filled to the brim with plastic! Anything from crisp packets and sweet wrappers to baubles and toys can be cut up and stuffed into a plastic bottle to a set density.

The lid is then screwed on and the bottle is used as a building brick, brilliant! Ecobricks enable us to take personal responsibility for our plastic and are great to make with your kids, teaching them about the importance of recycling and how we can all make a difference, by making small changes!

Ecobricking is a simple but brilliant solution to the world’s crisis. As a species we are producing and consuming more plastic than ever before. The UK alone produces over 3.7 million tonnes of plastic per year, a lot of which cannot be recycled! Plastic is an incredible material with many positive properties that make it ideal for building with, so why let it go to waste?

With ecobicks we have the chance to put the positive qualities of plastic that were once so problematic – longevity, durability – to good and green use!

With a little creativity and smidgen of imagination ecobricks can be used to build almost anything!

People all around the globe are using ecobricks to build furniture, gardens, walls, sheds, art and even houses!

Making an ecobrick is fairly straightforward. They can be made by children, adults and the elderly. There are no special skills required, just the desire to make a positive difference to the environment.

Your first ecobrick is the most important and sets the standard for a lifetime of ecobricking. Substandard ecobricks compromise the quality of the finished construction. We have a step by step guide for you to follow which will ensure your ecobricks are of the highest quality.

So let’s get started shall we?

HOW TO: ECO Bricks

  • One 2 litre plastic bottle. The same shape as a coke bottle.
  • One large stick, for poking the plastic into the bottle.
  • Collate plastic ready for poking: laminated paper, photographs, polystyrene trays, plastic fruit punnets, silvery packets (crisps, chocolate), PET trays, wax paper, food bags and supermarket plastic bags can be used.
  • Twist plastic before inserting in bottle. This makes it easier to poke in.
  • Slip your twisted waste into the bottle and poke down with your stick.
  • Fill the bottle to the brim with your plastic waste. This may take several weeks.
  • Weigh the bottle. An ecobrick should weight at least 500g to be at the correct density for building with.
  • Celebrate your completed ecobrick, but don’t get too attached to it!
  • Sign up to ecobricks.org and download the app.
  • Enter your location into the app and it will direct you to the nearest drop off point.
  • Alternatively create your own ecobrick community in your school, community centre, club, church etc.
  • For more information on ecobricks please go to ecobricks UK on Facebook or www.ecobricks.org

A CALL TO ACTION

Are you involved with a local school as parent, student, teacher or faculty member?
If the answer is yes, then we implore you to start an ecobrick community within the school.
Ecobricks can be used to create chairs, tables and a variety of garden furniture. With many schools struggling for funding, ecobricks are a great way of replacing old furniture whilst being environmentally conscious.
Not only will it educate the students on the plastics crisis our planet is facing, it enables them to take action!
We’d love to see your completed ecobricks so please do post photos on the S40 Local Facebook page.