EcoBricks

Pupils at Oakhill School have a really cool new games area made out of EcoBricks. It features games and some comfy seats all made from the nifty bottles

 

An EcoBrick is a plastic bottle packed tightly with non-biodegradable waste. These bottles are then used as building materials to create sustainable homes, schools and furniture. Oakhill School recently shared images of how they used the bricks to build an interactive games area plus seating.

Dedicated teacher, Robyn Luyt has spearheaded the project with enthusiasm and style, turning the school into an eco-friendly playground that helps the children see their efforts in full swing. And it all started because of a competition and an ex-pupil…

Oakhill School was approached by Sue Swaine from Biowise about an EcoBrick competition. As a school Oakhill had already started the EcoBrick initiative which was introduced to us by Rhian Berning, who is an Old Oak, having matriculated as one of the first matriculants at Oakhill.

Rhian who drives many Environmental Initiatives through renewable Plett and Eco Atlas says,

“Becoming aware of the unnecessary single-use waste, we create an easy way to Refuse and Reduce. By separating out our organic waste for chickens, pigs or compost gives it a value and it means that the items are clean for recycling. And what’s left we EcoBrick because then it has a value, to build furniture, benches and even school buildings. There is no such thing as waste. Everything has value.”

Eco-Bricks were made by the pupils at Oakhill across all the grades: from Little Oaks our Pre-Prep, to the College. They were also made at home as the enthusiastic pupils encouraged their families to start new habits in every Oakhill household! According to the school, this is an ongoing project and the EcoBricks are still coming in.

“The children loved seeing the EcoBricks become something and their imaginations ran wild once seeing what can be made. They were great little helpers. The children and staff enjoy the comfortable seating and interactive games that have already been made. They have been very proud to show off their creations using “THEIR” EcoBricks.” – Robyn Luyt


Sources: GTG Interview
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