The Plastic Problem
We create useful things from discarded waste.
A million plastic bottles are bought each minute – less than half are recycled.
Recycling has an energy and environmental cost in of itself. We re-use discarded plastic bottles as containment devices for the epic amounts of soft plastic garbage littering the land and oceans.
We wish it not so easy, but it’s hard to walk on the grass or swim in the sea without encountering plastic bags, food packaging and other soft plastic trash.
Our team collects plastic bottles and soft plastic waste, bringing it to our ecobrick production center for processing.
A 1.25 litre plastic bottle will hold about 750 grams of soft plastic trash, once we stuff it to maximum compression. For an idea, this is equivalent to at least 125 plastic grocery bags.
Protected from sunlight, these “ecobricks” will survive at least 500 years.
Houses. Garden beds. Park benches. Indoor furniture.
The compressed plastic inside plastic bottles provides a robust construction material, attracting our design creativity.
Via ecobricks.org, a video introduction to the same ecobricks we use in Beautiful Moalboal.