Vision Ecobrick Guide 3.0 Launched!

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Now available in Indonesian and English

We’re excited to release the third version of the Vision Ecobrick Guide in both English and Indonesia this week!  Originally launched four years ago in the Northern Philippines, the VEB Guide has come a long way.  This latest version has been revamped from top to bottom to help Ecobrickers around the world train others to ecobrick.  We’ve moved content around to address first and foremost the reasons “Why Ecobrick?”.

After hundreds of workshops and training sessions, we’ve realized that the once people are past The Big Illusions of Plastic, then they are most likely to continue ecobricking, and most importantly to change their consumption patterns.  The guide thus provides clear visuals for trainers to engage discussions on the Realities of Plastic:

  • Plastic is a symptom of a way of thinking
  • All plastic goes back into the environment eventually
  • Plastic is poison in the wrong place

And of course, the guide shows step by step how to ecobrick! The presentation then guides one down the path to ecobrick construction.

You can download your version of the guide today and share, print, project, copy, photocopy it all you want.  Enjoy!


June 3rd: Ecobrick Grand Unveiling Event in Jogja


On June 3rd, at the Taman Gajah Wong Educational Park, Umbulharjo Yogyakarta, 2385 ecobricks made of transformed plastic waste will be unveiled as modular seating, furniture and building blocks.  For the last two months, partners Russell and Ani have worked with the Yogya Environment Agency (YEA), and 405 Bank Sampah community groups to introduce Ecobricks to the city of Jogja.


The technique of packing one’s plastic waste into a bottle has spread to over a thousand neighborhood units in the city.  An additional 5000 more ecobricks are estimated to have been made unofficially by Jogjan’s in their homes.  At the official unveiling on June 3rd, Russell, Ani and 18  Jogja ecobrick trainers will demonstrate chairs, stools, tables and a 3 meter Tugu tower made from ecobrick lego modules.  The Ecobrick installation will also be on display started from June 4th at the Malioboro Art Fair / Festival Apeman.
According to Russell Maier, a principal leader in the global ecobrick movement, “Jogja is the first city in the world to make ecobricking an official municipal strategy.”  He adds “Ecobricks isn’t waste management, its a way to get to the root of the cities plastic challenge before waste even happens”.


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Pada tanggal 3 Juni 2016, di Taman Gajah Wong Educational Park, Umbulharjo Yogyakarta, 2385 ecobricks yang dibuat dari sampah plastik yang sudah berubah bentuk akan dipresentasikan sebagai tempat duduk, mabelair, dan balok bangunan yang bisa dibongkar pasang. Dalam dua bulan terakhir, pasangan Russell Maier and Ani Himawati telah bekerja bersama Badan Lingkungan Hidup (BLH) Kota Yogyakarta, dan 405 bank sampah anggota Jejaring Pengelola Sampah Mandiri (JPSM) Kota Jogja, memperkenalkan Ecobricks ke warga Jogja.

Teknik mengepak sampah plastik di dalam botol plastik sudah menyebar di lebih seribu RT. Tambahan 5000an ecobricks diperkirakan sudah dibuat oleh warga dan disimpan sendiri di masing-masing rumah tangga – di luar workshop resmi program BLH. Di ‘pertunjukan’ resmi pada tanggal 3 Juni nanti, Russell dan Ani dan 18 trainer Ecobricks akan mendemonstrasikan bangku, dingklik, meja, dan TUGU setinggi 3m dari module lego ecobricks. Instalasi Ecobricks juga akan dipamerkan di Festival Apeman, di Jalan Malioboro, dari tanggal 4 Juni 2016.
Menurut Russell Maier, salah satu pemimpin utama gerakan ecobrick dunia, “Jogja adalah kota pertama di dunia yang secara formal mengadopsi ecobricking sebagai strategi pemerintah untuk mengatasi persoalan plastik di kota.”


Unduh file lengkap press release Bahasa Indonesia di sini >



500kgs and Counting!

500 Kilograms of Ecobricks Packed So Far

Its been an amazing last few months in Jogja.  Since January, Ecobricks have spread like wild-fire from SLB Negeri 1 Bantul (special needs school) to every single neighbourhood in the city.  Since April, our team of 18 trainers went out to led over 500 workshops with Jogja Bank Sampah Groups.   Not only this, but we were able to launch a make-shift web app to track the progress.  Each of our trainers, after completing a workshop, use the app to log the ecobricks made by participants.  As of today, May 12th, 514.9kgs of plastic have been packed into ecobricks.  That’s 514.9kgs of plastic that is not going into the air, rivers, and fields in Jogja.  Hurray!