Please note, we no longer accept EcoBricks!
For info about Gauteng EcoBrick projects & drop off points, please contact Bianca Wannenburg from The Khuthaza Foundation.
Tel: +27 72 804 8615
An EcoBrick is a plastic bottle packed to a set density with non-biodegradable waste. Ecobricks can also be packed with non-biological, non-recyclables that, when uncontained, are toxic to the environment (i.e. polystyrene, chip packets, cigarette butts, etc.). Once packed solid (with a minimum density of 0.33g/ml), these bottles are then used as 'bricks' to build green spaces, homes, schools, walls and furniture.
EcoBricks are a starting point for individuals, communities, and companies to start their immediate transition from plastic towards greener harmony with the Earth’s cycles. EcoBricks are not in any way the solution to our plastic epidemic, this needs to come from each and every one of us, reducing our plastic consumption by being aware of what and how we are purchasing products. Ecobricks are however a stepping stone out of the 'throw away' society.
EcoBricking gives value to waste that has become value-less. Ecobricks are designed to leverage the longevity and durability of plastic, to create 'cost-free' structures that will last, thereby keeping plastics and their elements confined, and out of the environment, water systems, wetlands and oceans.
What can go into an EcoBrick?
- Photos and transparencies
- Laminated paper/cards
- Polystyrene cups/trays
- Plastic vegetable and fruit punnets
- Silvery packets (chips, chocolates, etc.)
- PET trays
- Wax paper
- Dog food bags
- Plastic straws
- All plastic packaging
- Cigarette butts
- Plastic shopping bags (despite being reusable) are a must for EcoBricks as the majority of them end up in landfills.