Endangered EcoBricks
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Bricks are being made using litter collected at the 5fm Beach Cleanup and then being used to build a new storage unit at the Masikhululeke Educare Centre in Joe Slovo.


‘The Building Of’ project is a joint venture between Waste-ED and Cobute to build a much needed storage unit at the Masikhululeke Educare Centre in Joe Slovo out of Eco Bricks.

Nukuzola Vivian Dlabantu started the Educare in 1990 when she was just 39, her goal was to get the children of Joe Slovo out of the litter filled streets, teach them hygiene and make sure they where fed.

“I want to keep young people away from crime and drugs, so I welcome them here after school hours, so that they can brainstorm ways to improve our current challenges” says Nukuzola Dlamini.

“Waste-ED, Cobute and ‘The Building Of’ team are activating as part of the Big Cape Town Cleanup, organized by 5FM.”

Based at the Joe Slovo site, in collaboration with the experienced Cape Town Beach Cleanup team we will help turn the non-recyclables into building bricks as we clean up, at source, as well as working with the larger team to transform the other materials collected around Cape Town into bricks that will be used for building a storage space for a school in Joe Slovo.”

An Eco Brick is made up of a large 2l (coke shaped) plastic bottle which is packed full of un-recyclable material like sweet wrappers, straws and chip packets. This method represents a zero waste system and greatly reduces the waste ending up in landfills. The bricks are well-insulated and resistant to earthquakes.

“The Ecobrick is by no means the “be all and end all” answer, but it helps us identify and connect with materials that are considered valueless and helps us to reconsider our design and consumption process as a society”, says Candice, founder of Waste-ED

“The objective behind “The Building of” is to re-connect with our environment and together think of solutions, while reducing the increasing pollution rates we, as South Africans, produce every single day”

The event will be taking place on the 18th of February in Joe Slovo, where they will be collecting plastic litter and building Eco Bricks for the project. For more information you can check out the Facebook Event here.

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Sources: The Building Of / Eco Bricks

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