The Endangered Wildlife Trust’s ‘Guardians of the Future’ team visited the Itireleng Primary School to build a food garden using 200 EcoBricks.
Hammanskraal, South Africa – Over 100kgs of plastic waste was used to create 200 EcoBricks in the Hammanskraal area. The EcoBricks were used to build a raised food garden for the Itireleng Primary School.
The Endangered Wildlife Trust, together with the ADVA Youth Skills Development organisation assisted the school with a new risen food garden so that their gardening efforts could thrive. Their current garden works but the topsoil was taking strain. The risen bed will ensure that the vegetables continue to grow in fertile topsoil. It also acts as a useful seating area for when the children are on break or working in the garden.
Food gardens are beneficial to underprivileged schools as they provide a way for the school to feed students as well as earn an additional income when surplus vegetables are available.
By using EcoBricks, the school is also able to teach children about the benefits of keeping the environment clean as well as offer an alternative building option which they can apply to life at home.
“This project is proudly supported by the EWT and Bakwena Platinum Corridor Concessionaire, and utilised almost 200 EcoBricks collected from the public – that’s over 100 kg of plastic waste kept out of our environment! Well done to everyone involved, and a big thank you from nature”
This is a fantastic effort by all involved. We love seeing schools benefit from the innovation of EcoBricks.
“We aim to reconnect people with the natural environment and help them to see that they are part of the larger ecosystem and that it is their responsibility to protect it. We want to show people the direct link between a healthy environment, healthy people and a healthy economy, to ensure that current and future generations are fully able to experience all the benefits and wonder of wildlife and the natural environment – both in cities and outside of them.”