Ecobricks are a way of making bricks out of non-recyclable plastic, that would have otherwise gone to landfill.
If you want to learn more about ecobricks, and how to make them keep reading.
Why is this not implemented everywhere?
Although it is a very good idea, it takes a lot of time and effort, and it is very new and experimental.
Can I make one?
Yes although it takes time to make, it can be really rewarding.
First you need to find a plastic bottle, different sizes have different weights, as listed below.
- A 330ml bottle should weigh around 110g
- A 420ml bottle should weigh around 140g
- A 500ml bottle should weigh around 167g
- A 900ml bottle should weigh around 300g
- A 1,000ml/1 litre bottle should weigh around 333g
- A 1,500ml/1.5 litre bottle should weigh around 500g
A 2,000ml/2 litre bottle should weigh around 666g
If you have more than one bottle they should all be the same size and brand.
You can not put any waste in the ecobrick that has touched food products without washing it.
No glass, metal or paper can be used in your brick you can only put non-biodegradable plastic in.
How can I put one together?
First of all you need to find a bottle, then wash it. After that you will need to start collecting non-biodegradable plastics that you can use for your bottle.
Once you’ve collected enough you should wash all the products that have touched food. You must make sure these are dry when you put them into the bottle and have no dirt on them because that could cause the water bottle to bloat and pop.
To start packing your bottle you will need to find a stick, a bamboo stick is best, with a blunt end .You could find one of these in the garden, and if you don’t have one, a wooden spoon will do. Make sure the end is not sharp because it might pierce the bottle.
Soft plastics are the best for the bottom a.k.a. stretchy and bendy plastics like packaging or food plastics. Once you have put that layer of soft plastics at the bottom, you should start packing with your bamboo stick (or wooden spoon).You want to make sure there are no air bubbles and that it’s as densely packed as you can get it. You will need to constantly weigh your bottle to see if you’re on the right track, or you need to pack more in. You can put the hard plastics in afterwards and do a mix. You need to keep the lid so you can seal it when you are done.
Where can I put them when they are finished?
You can either build with them yourself (you could seek advice from a local builder before hand.) Or have a look online and it will tell you your nearest ecobrick drop-off.