Ecobricks

We say that our houses are full of plastic but what if they were made out of plastic?

Ecobricks.

I hadn’t heard of an ecobrick a year ago but now I can’t stop making them. All that single-use plastic you have floating around that you can’t avoid. Those un-recyclable crisp packets you can’t resist, or cucumber wrapping that you just can’t seem to buy a cucumber without? Put it in an ecobrick. 

What are they?

Ecobricks are plastic bottles stuffed full of un-recyclable plastic that you can’t avoid.

How do I make one?

  1. Get yourself an empty plastic bottle
  2. Clean any un-recyclable plastic that has had food in it
  3. Get a sturdy stick and squash it into the bottle
  4. Ta-da!

(When complete, each brick has to weigh a 1/3 of it’s ml e.g. a 750ml bottle should weigh 250g!)

What are they used for?

Houses can be built out of bricks! Though in Europe you are much more likely to see children’s playgrounds and chairs/stools.

I’ve made one – what’s next?

You can either get creative and make your own structure or register your ecobrick by going to www.ecobricks.org/ and find a drop off point near you!

What better way to reuse the plastic you thought was useless? It’s not only a stress reliever but even more than that it makes you aware of just how much plastic is still around and makes you think twice about buying that crisp packet….

 

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