ecobrick exchange

The EcoBrick Exchange teamed up with a primary school from Port Elizabeth to build a Heritage Day feature at a local community centre.


Where we can’t stop the use of all plastics, we can combat their use by creating EcoBricks which can be used to build any type of building structure imaginable.

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.

Each brick then becomes the building block with a greater purpose. Recently the EcoBrick Exchange teamed up with a pre-primary school in Port Elizabeth and the Khaya Volunteers Project to build a proudly South African outdoor area at a local community centre.

The focus was on filling colour-coded bottles to represent the colours of the South African flag.

“What started as a Heritage Day inter-class competition yielded a variety of EcoBrick colour pixels representing our flag’s 6 colours. This took teamwork, sorting the plastic into colours and much assistance from teachers and parents. An important step in the process was to start off each colour bottom at school (with some adult supervision) and then for the remainder of the brick to be completed at home. This way the family could all be involved and classroom remained a teaching space (ie not interrupted by EcoBricking).

Each time a student brought in a completed EcoBrick he/she received a matching coloured sticker and the duty of adding it to the flag chart within the school’s entrance. This system worked so well that the students achieved the 234 EcoBricks in a mere 6 week period.”

Once they had collected enough EcoBricks, the Khaya Volunteer Project got busy working and built a heritage day spot at a local community centre. The work done by all people involved was incredible. Take a look at the finished flag below.

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1 comment

  1. Hi,

    I have an organisation who would like to get more involved with both collection of ecobricks and/or a build for ecobricks. After looking at your post I was wondering if you have any connections we could contact to get more involved?

    Kind Regards,

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