Endangered EcoBricks
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The Khuthaza Foundation is busy with a project and they need donations of filled EcoBricks to complete it; this is how you can donate (or start) yours!

 

Johannesburg, South Africa (09 September 2020) – The EcoBrick is an innovation that is changing many lives. It can be used to make anything you put your mind to. Many charities have turned to this resource when building structures, food gardens and so much more.

The simple idea has benefits on all sides. Firstly it can be used to build and secondly, it removes unrecyclable and harmful plastics from the environment. It is a clever little waste management tool, especially in areas where litter is a big problem.

The Khuthaza Foundation has been using EcoBricks for their projects and has run out of donated stock.

“We have officially run out of EcoBricks. Currently, Khuthaza requires more than 2000 EcoBricks to continue with our projects in September but we have hit an EcoBrick drought.”

They are appealing to the public for donations of EcoBricks. Whether you have ready-made ones or would like to start making them, they welcome all donations. If you are starting, you can find out exactly how to do it below.

What to put inside an EcoBrick

Filling an EcoBrick is really easy. Just put every bit of plastic that is non-recyclable into it. Here are some examples of things to put in your brick(s).

  • Plastic Straws
  • Plastic Wrap
  • Chip Packets
  • Plastic from Earbuds
  • Old Toothbrushes
  • Cellophane
  • Old Balloons
  • Polystyrene (cut it smaller before attempting to stuff the bottle)
  • Plastic Cutlery

Your Eco-Brick needs to weigh more than 500g and all the bits stuffed inside need to be cleaned and dry before being placed in the bottle.

How to fill your eco-brick

  1. Identify materials that are not compostable or recyclable by your local recycling facility
  2. Clean any dirty items by using leftover dishwashing water and leave to dry
  3. Stuff your clean and dry materials into any size or shape plastic bottle
  4. Compress it as tightly as you can with a stick – NB, this is very important!
  5. Keep doing this until you’ve got a bottle that is as hard as a brick – we will be squeezing your eco-brick to make sure it’s properly packed! If we can squeeze it, we can’t accept it.
  6. Set yourself goals to phase out these items until you don’t need to use the eco-brick anymore!

You can reach out to the foundation here to arrange your drop-off. They are based in Johannesburg North.


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