Waste Free Feb – Day 7 – Making Eco Bricks to reduce landfill waste.

If you have followed the posts over the last 6 days you will now be a recycling pro! Well Done!

There will still be some plastic packaging you are left with – the tops of yoghurt tops, ground coffee bags, cellophane from breadsticks etc.

One thing you could do is make an eco brick.

The idea of an eco brick is that you get a plastic bottle and inside put your unrecyclable plastic until it is tightly packed in. You then use the bottle as a ‘brick’ to make a bench or structure.

There are some guidelines you need to follow:

  • All plastic put inside must be clean and dry (very important).
  • The bottle must be bigger than 500ml (ideally 1 or 2 litre).
  • You need to cut the packaging into smaller pieces (I’ve been cutting ours into about inch sized squares) before putting into the bottle.
  • You need a dedicated eco-brick stick – to keep pushing all the plastic down to compress it as much as possible.
  • The finished bottle must be a minimum of 0.33g/ml.
Our First Eco Brick & Our Trusty Eco Brick Stick

To find out more visit the Ecobrick website you can find out lots more information on what to put in and the finer details of how you make them. You can also search on this page to see where you can drop them off, so that they can be used to make new structures.

It is truly amazing to see how much you can pack into just one bottle – I think we have put about half a kitchen bins worth of plastic into one 1 litre squash bottle.

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