Updated: Jan 7, 2021
With plastic pollution worldwide, the green-electricity movement is gaining momentum in around the world.
If you discover a lot of plastic waste, if you walk around your area or take a waste collection, it's time to take control - if you work to reduce the amount of plastic waste in your community produces, create green electricity. It may seem impossible to ban plastic from our daily lives, but far too much plastic waste is still flowing into most of our homes. Plastic is actually a very useful material, and many of us are reducing our plastic waste. But we are simply producing too much plastic - if the production of plastic does not stop completely, we will probably get some kind of plastic house in the next few years.
Ecobricks is committed to limiting the amount of plastic thrown away in communities that do not have an effective municipal system to deal with it. EcoBricks help clean up the streets of the townships and teach the inhabitants that the garbage that pollutes their streets is actually valuable.
Several NGOs also offer "incentives for plastic," where individuals are paid to collect plastic waste and build eco-bricks for various projects. They are not stopping the use of plastic, but we say that they can incentivise the continued use of plastics by making something useful and removing non-recyclable plastic from the waste stream. If you are interested in a project that you would like to support directly you can contact EcoBricks to find out what you need to do to help.
"Removing non-recyclable plastic from the waste stream."
Upcycling plastic waste
What should be done if you cannot avoid plastic, and what should be done with plastic that cannot be avoided? Don't just throw plastic away or use plastic without thinking about where it will end up, how long it will stay there or how easily it can be broken down. Once this problem is solved, all non-recyclable materials can be disposed of responsibly and recycled into green products. Donate plastic before it gets throw into the environment.
The manufacturing process of eco-stones consists of upcycled plastic. A plastic bottle filled with plastic waste becomes an eco-tile, similar to filled plastic bottles, but with a different shape. While ecodesign requires time and commitment, it raises questions about the use of plastics.
In 2010, the Philippines began to include the production of eco-bricks in the curriculum of local schools. Instead of sand, shredded plastic is stuffed into plastic bottles and the plastic waste collected is then used to make eco-bricks, which are used to build day care centers and classrooms. There are many sustainable construction projects in South Africa, including compost toilets in Guatemala, there is a school built from plastic bottle stones.
The shredded plastic is combined with cement and sand, poured into moulds and then voila, modern building blocks. This type of mortar is used for all types of buildings, although ecobrickers advise against using cement and prefer cobs, sand, clay and straw to make it easier to find them in the event of demolition.
The best ecological stone you can produce is one made of plastic, whose consumption has been reduced so much that we no longer have it. Plastic eco-freighters use plastic that is clean, dry but not biodegradable, such as polypropylene, polyethylene and polystyrene.
You don't want to buy plastic bottles to build eco-bricks, you want to make sure you regularly use bottles from products you use. You have to puncture holes in the plastic bottle to give you as much space as possible. Use a stick that doesn't poke a hole in your bottle, crush any plastic you put in the bottle until it's packed as tightly as possible and pierce it through the hole as you fit.
If your eco-bricks are not heavy enough, they cannot be used in buildings, continue to fill them with plastic until the plastic has the right density, please visit EcoBricks website from more information.
The point to make here is that the best eco-bricks with the most consistent density are made from a combination of plastic bottles, plastic bags and other non-recyclable materials. By placing plastic in a plastic bottle, eco-freighters are designed to reduce the amount of plastic exposed to the elements and thus reduce the harmful effects of degradation of plastics.
You can deposit finished eco-bricks all over the UK and they have been used for various projects both in the UK and abroad.