What is an ecobrick and why is it important?
‘An Ecobrick is a reusable building block created by packing clean and dry used plastic into a plastic bottle to a set density. Ecobricks enable us to take personal responsibility for our plastic’
‘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.’
Ecobricks are a way to deal with some of the vast amounts of plastic pollution out there. It is important to understand that this is not ideal in the long-term and that, for many reasons, we need to be moving towards zero waste. Projects encourage community collaboration, teach about plastic pollution and show how difficult plastic is to deal with. Ecobricks can be and are used to make buildings, benches, artwork and much more. Whole schools have been built using ecobricks.
As building materials, it is vital that they are made correctly to ensure structural integrity. Follow the link below to learn how.
The Plastic Free Swindon campaign will be using ecobricks alongside other work and projects to demonstrate the problems with the use and disposal of plastic. We have upcoming workshops and events including SCAN stalls. We may also build with them in community projects. More details to follow shortly…
The pictures below show how engagement with local schools can be highly effective in communicating positive messages towards a brighter, sustainable future. These ecobricks were made by school children for the Sustainable Living Event in March 2019.