EcoBricking – The Latest Trend in Reducing Landfill & Ocean Plastic
Goodness me, the time has flown by since I was last able to blog here. Life got a little complicated in the last few months. On the upside, I started a new relationship that is going splendidly.
Here is a quick life recap from the last two months I have been missing here. The plastic issue has become an even bigger cause in my household, I have been collecting plastic for two months just to do this post, I am so excited that I will be able to clear it all out now.
As mentioned above, I also met a guy who has been such a gem and things got serious really fast. Instead of writing I have been perusing eco-friendly markets and visiting new South African provinces I had never seen before. A lot of time was spent in Limpopo which you can see a few snippets of on Instagram. We were in the area surrounding Tzaneen, the rich farmlands of the country.
I stocked up on avocados, pecans, macadamia nuts and just about every Kuhestan cordial I could get my hands on. They are located in that region. I also bought a Limpopo blueberry gin, it is delightful!
All the fun stuff aside I got really ill during this period as well. I was whacked with two bouts of viral flu including a highly unpleasant bacterial infection which meant I had to concede to taking antibiotics for the first time in 5 years. My immune system had taken a serious knock and within weeks I was hospitalised with severe food poisoning. Let me just tell you, that was probably the worst part of the lot!
It has taken my body a good two weeks to bounce back after that. I have finished two further courses of antibiotics to help fight the contamination in my system.
Thankfully, things are looking up and I am once again inspired to share all the eco-friendly information I can with you all. So let’s get into it, shall we?
EcoBricking Trend and How To Start…
EcoBricking is fast becoming the next go-to method of disposing of plastics. It is really simple to start and practically effortless once you get going.
What is an EcoBrick?
An EcoBrick is a plastic bottle packed tightly with non-biodegradable waste. These bottles are then used as building materials to create sustainable homes, schools and furniture.
The thing with EcoBricking however, is to know the basic rules before starting. I had a friend who started one and when we were chatting about her progress I realised she hadn’t been cleaning her plastics. So she had to start all over again.
The EcoBrick Rules
- All plastics need to be cleaned and dry beforehand.
- All shapes and sizes are allowed but the best bottle is a 2-litre cooldrink shaped bottle, they come pretty standard.
- When placing the plastic inside the bottle, you need to use a stick to compress it down (I use a wooden spoon)
- Once packed with non-biodegradable waste, the bottle should be solid. In other words, you should not be able to squeeze it with your hands.
- The total mass of the brick should be about 700g (minimum).
You see, the rules are pretty simple to follow. I keep my two ecobricks next to the sink which is just above my bin. That way I am always reminded to wash and dry my packaging rather than throwing it in the bin.
Things You Can EcoBrick
- Sweet and chip wrappers
- Plastic clingfilm
- Old sterilised toothbrushes
- Animal food pouches
- Stickers and labels
- Single-use cutlery
- Polystyrene and styrofoam
- Plastic packaging from online orders
- Anything unrecyclable
It is scary once you start, you see how much plastic you end up throwing away but it feels great once you get going. It also helps push you to purchase more eco-friendly options and reduce your household plastic intake. Technically, the only thing going into your bin should be waste that cannot be recycled, eco-bricked or composted. I am still working on the composting thing so stay tuned.
It is very exciting seeing the EcoBrick concept spread across the globe. If you have any questions relating to the Ecobrick you can pop me an email and I will gladly assist otherwise if you are looking for drop-off points you can contact the below organisations.
- All Pick n Pay Hypermarkets should have a collection box, if not ask them to put it out. Those bricks are going to the Endangered Wildlife Trust to build benches at their 13 eco-schools.
- The Ecobrick Exchange has a list of vendors that collect on their behalf (they only accept 2-litre bottles)
- Ecobrick.org can assist with information as well.
With My Love,