A MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE
An Ecobrick is a plastic bottle stuffed tightly with clean and dry non recyclable materials. These bottle bricks have been used around the world for over 20 years as an insulative building brick and a powerful tool to connect people with their waste.
” The Ecobrick is a reaction to a world wide pollution problem and should only be used as a temporary solution to deal with non recyclables in a community “
Different communities use different size / type bottles dependent on the bottle availability and the demand of the project. If you would like to start making Ecobricks on your journey to zero waste, ask the project you plan on donating to before starting. Waste-ED accept and use all shapes and sizes. Your end product should be a hard, well stuffed, clean and dry bottle brick.
WHATS NON RECYCLABLE?
Non recyclables vary from recycler to recycler, province to province therefore the Ecobrick is the tool to identifying non recyclables in your area. It can be used worldwide to identify items heading to landfills, oceans or rivers and then steps can be put into place to improve problematic products or systems.
In South Africa you will find that most mixed layer products are not recyclable eg. chip packets, sweet wrappers, stickers etc and so often even recyclable materials don’t make it for recycling eg. straws, bottle tops, fruit and veg carrier bags etc. Dirty items, whether recyclable or not, will be landfilled unless the facility has a washing process .