We are currently fighting a global war against the die-hard world of plastic and it’s no secret that the time to take serious action is right now.
Studies have shown that more than 300 million metric tonnes of plastic are produced annually with less than half being single-use.
What’s scarier is that approximately 86% of this plastic ends up in landfills or the ocean.
It may seem impossible to eliminate plastic from your daily life, and until those who manufacture the plastic bring their production to a complete halt, we will likely end up with some form of plastic in our homes.
However, there is an incredibly easy and effective solution to this enormous problem we face – ecobricks!
What is an ecobrick?
An ecobrick is a 2-litre plastic bottle packed tightly with non-recyclable and non-biodegradable plastic that has been cleaned and dried.
These bottles are packed and compressed until they become solid enough to be used as a building brick for all kinds of community projects.
What makes this an even more incredible project is that these bottles can be reused indefinitely, making them an infinite resource.
This serves as a hugely effective way to keep plastic out of the ecosystem, thereby preventing environmental contamination.
What is the importance of ecobricks?
It raises ecological and environmental consciousness
How many times have you thrown your single-use plastic away without considering where it will end up or how long it will be there for? The sad reality is that this has happened on a global scale for decades. By ecobricking, we are directing our efforts towards relieving the plight of plastic destroying our precious eco-system. It also requires us to take the time to put thought into the impact we as individuals have on the environment.
It prevents the destruction of our eco-system
Plastic may eventually break down into tiny pieces, however, this may take hundreds of years to happen. Furthermore, these tiny micro-plastics wreak havoc on the environment. The slow degradation of plastic results in the release of toxic gases such as methane into the atmosphere, directly contributing to climate change. By containing our plastics within PET bottles, we are keeping them from going through this destructive process.
They are a low-energy solution to plastic
Recycling is not always the answer, mostly because most of our plastics are in fact non-recyclable. Furthermore, despite our recycling efforts, recyclable plastics often don’t find their way to the right place due to a lack of transport, funding and infrastructure. Therefore, ecobricks are the way forward and should be implemented by every household. Anyone can put plastic into a bottle. It requires very little; only a bit of time, effort and a genuine concern for the planet and the future.
What are ecobricks used for?
Currently, there are two major building projects taking place under the loving eye of the EcoBrick Exchange.
The City of Cape Town is constructing an early childhood development centre almost entirely out of reclaimed materials – ecobricks being a major building material used in the project.
In Port Elizabeth, there is a major reconstruction project taking place within the Walmer township, in order to upgrade Penguin Preschool using Ecobricks and other eco-friendly materials. This will be providing preschoolers with a safe, water and fire proof building.
Other small-scale ideas include building benches, flower beds and bookshelves. The only limit is your imagination.
What goes into an ecobrick?
- P.E.T trays
- Wax paper
- Cling wrap
- Tin foil
- Dog food bags
- Chips and chocolate packaging
- Plastic shopping bags
How to make an ecobrick
- Make sure your plastic is clean and dry
- Twist your plastic and insert into the bottle
- Use a long wooden stick to compress the contents every time you add plastic
- Fill up until you are unable to squeeze the bottle
- Take your ecobrick to a drop-off point
Where to drop off ecobricks
NB: The Port Elizabeth Collection Points are full to overflowing and cannot accent any new donations at this time
- Tile and Brick, Hugh Road, 11 Heugh Rd, Walmer – Port Elizabeth
- Re-trade Project, Walmer, 22 Newcombe Ave, Walmer Heights – Port Elizabeth
- Greenpop Nursery, 107 Mountain Road – Woodstock
- Hangar 18, Unit 3 Woodbridge Business Park, 452 Koeberg Rd – Milnerton
- Faithful-to-Nature, 57 Capricorn Dr – Capricorn
- Salt, 136 Main Rd – Fish Hoek
- Longbeach Mall, Buller Louw Blvd – Sunnydale
- MFM Radio – Stellenbosch University
- Health Connecitons, 10, Valyland Centre, 27 Upper Kinrae Cres, Fish Hoek
- Wecreate,Shop E26, no.10 Van Beek Street, New Maboneng
- Mamelodi West Community Hall, 51 Tsweu St, Mamelodi – SA5, Pretoria
Bocadillos Restaurants in Port Elizabeth
Bocadillos have committed to sustainable practices such as only supporting sustainable fishing, as well as saying bye to plastic straws.
We encourage all our patrons to do their part in the war against plastic. We firmly believe that every effort counts.
Contact us to make a booking at one of our restaurants.