Happy Earth Day! Indonesian and English Version 3.1 Released

Happy Earth Day! smallerWe’re not only excited for Earth Day, but also to release version 3.1 of the Vision Ecobrick Guide– in both English and Indonesian!

A big thanks to the team of strangers who joined together to translate the VEB Guide to Indonesian on our wiki!  Incredibly, this amazing organic translation unfolded over only a few weeks.  Our Indonesian release is still a Beta version– we are still missing a few pages and revisions, but… we’ve got something solid to start with!  Check it out here.  We will be revising it this week as we get feedback from our first schools– so hold off if you are planning to make lots of copies.

Cover Eng 31This new Engligh release smooths over typos, pagination issues, but best of all, includes powerful new illustrations by Jo Stodgel.  Jo, an avid Ecobricker and core member of the Ecobrick International Alliance, has vividly illustrated important concepts such as: cradle-to-cradle thinking, photodegradation, and the perils of burning plastic.  Also, included are fresh new character illustrations by Manila cartoonist El Tiburon Grande.

Check out Jo’s and Abe’s work and more in the new Vision Ecobrick Guide Version 3.1!

The First Bali Spa Begins Ecobricking

C0032T01From Russell in Bali, Indonesia

Well… I am impressed! A few weeks ago I made a presentation to the Bali Spa Association. It was a bold experiment to see if we could mobilize the myriad of spas and hotels here to do something about the abundance of plastic on the island. I checked in on the Fairmont Sanur Spa yesterday and found Wirati and her whole team Ecobricking like crazy– they have not only taken all of their spa’s plastic, but that of the hotel’s and even plastic from their homes. One of the staff is even getting her husband to pick up
plastic for her so she can make ecobricks! Wirati is logging the ecobricks that come in and tomorrow we check in with the other spas to see how their ecobricking is coming along.

Transforming the Unrecyclable

Two weeks ago I was able to meet some fellow basureros at a small dumpsite here in Bali! I was introducing the school of their kids to Ecobricks. These women make their livelyhood by sorting out the valuable plastic from the trash so that it can be recycled. Just like me! We shared stories from our experiences in our different places finding stuff in the trash– I told them about working in a recycling plants in Canada. It was super interesting because the dump site had already been picked through that day– all that was left was the unrecycleable plastics with no value– precisely those that are now going straight to dump sites or the ocean. These however, are perfect for making ecobricks! So, we gathered up a whole bunch and went back to the school to make ecobricks.

I showed them the video of my friend’s Aida Aragon Liwan mother in Besao Philippines who re-made her house one ecobrick at a time (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ynh0RYORsOM) . These ladies, who live in super humble homes, are excited and inspired to make ecobricks, furniture, and maybe even a house too!

Thanks  to Rowena Timson a for the photos!