Where Does Ecobricking Come From?
What is an Ecobrick?
An Ecobrick is a plastic bottle, full and tightly compact with unrecyclable plastic or non-biodegradable waste. It can be used as a building block or in all manner of projects as a way to reuse materials which can’t be used or recycled otherwise.
Why Create Ecobricks?
How to Make an Ecobrick
Save your plastic packaging.
Clean it (if necessary) and make sure it is fully dried.
Find a bottle with a screw top lid. It’s good to start small whilst you learn the techniques.
Cut up your plastic to prevent air gaps forming in your bottle.
Stuff your plastic into the bottle, being sure to poke it down so the bottle is completely solid.
Weigh your bottle with the screw top lid on.
Log the ecobrick on the GoBrik.com website (Great Ecobricks weigh between 0.33g/ml and 0.7g/ml)
Connect with other Ecobrickers and devise a project. There are many personal projects you can do. Such as build a small stool for your child to sit, stand, or climb on.
Consider joining/creating a community project to build something you can all benefit from as a community. Communal gardens or seating are extremely popular in the Ecobricking world.
Find Ecobrick Projects
To connect with other Ecobrickers and to learn the principles of making a great ecobrick please join us at:
Josanne McLean – Ecobrick Trainer – Sheffield, UK
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