Send in your Ecobrick Selfie for Mandela’s B-Day

Grrrr. . . Pack that plastic!  The folks at the Ecobrick Exchange, which happens to be located in South Africa, are inviting the world to participate in Mandela Day, by taking 67 minutes of their time to pack your waste and make an Ecobrick.  I might not be in South Africa, but I do have plastic!  Twas a good excuse today to tackle the pile of plastic that’s accumulated in the house and put it in it’s place.

Participate at:  https://www.facebook.com/EcoBrickExchange

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From Trash to Tourism

imageWhere does the trash of Sabangan go?  It used to be that there was no place but the adjacent Chico river to dump or burn it.  However, the community and households of Lagan, Sabanagan have taken a stand through the leadership of their youth.  Hundreds of kilos of plastics other non-biodegradeables, that would otherwise be contaminating the ecosystems of the Chico River, have instead been transformed into Ecobricks by students and their families.  Councilor Ernesto Bondad has been supporting the
Ecobricking  of Lagan Elementary.

With their ecobricks he has created a new tourist and local destination.  There, thousands of bottles have been used to build a hiker restop, a community picnic destination, and conference center that has been garnering attention far and wide for its pioneering showcase of alternative building mehtods.  Sabangan National Highschool has also completed their Ecobrick Herbarium, while Pingad Elementary has also begun Ecobrick constructions.

 

Ecobrick Modular Furniture

HexBench Full IllustrationA recent innovation by the Ecobrick Mt. Province Team has both small and big implications for local schools.  Using silicone sealant Ecobricks can be joined together into modules of 12 to 19 Ecobricks.  These modules can be either used alone or joined together like LEGO blocks. 

Working with the Episcopal and Roman Catholic Churches in the community of Mankayan, Northern Philippines, Ecobrick designer Russell Maier, realized the need for easy indoor uses of Ecobricks.  Once the silicone is dry, the modules are virtually indestructible and can be used over and over again.

DSC07310Tadian School of Arts and Trades went ahead and made 14 modules.  The school now moves them together and apart for benches, tables, and more as the need demands.