Ecobrick Modules: Make Anything!

 

Ecobrick modules are the easiest, fastest, and perhaps the funnest, ecobrick output.  All you need is a dozen ecobricks and some glue to get started!

IMG_3425Ecobrick modules are versatile, durable and tremendously practical indoor furniture that can be used in any way you need them.  Modules can be used individually as seats or combined like LEGO to create tables, beds, benches and more.  To make module we use silicone sealant.  Silcone is different from plastic (it doesn’t degrade into toxins) yet it bonds ecobricks strongly together.

It is important to use these modules as indoor furniture.  Ecobricks should never be exposed to the sun. Ultra violet (UV) rays will gradually photo-degrade the plastic bottle. After only two or three years, the brittle bottle will crack and burst, releasing all our hard packed plastic!  Not good.  Keeping plastic indoors and out of the sun will avoid this problem.

How to Make Ecobrick Modules

Step 1

Lay bottles on a perfectly flat surface. Ensure all bottles are the same size. Arrange a color pattern with caps and bottle bottoms. Silicone junction points. Press together. Let dry 25 hours.
Use silicone sealand sparingly to bond bottles

Glue bottles together into triangle and hexagon modules.  We use silicone sealant, which is an inert glue that allows the ecobricks to be firmly attached (yet removeable with a knife so that if a module is damaged, you can take apart the ecobricks and use them again).  Silicone sealant can be found just about anywhere for not too much.  Use sparingly, because it will make a super strong bond.

Step 2

If you have used bottles of identical brand, the hexagon module top will fit perfectly into the triangular module bottom.
Combine modules vertically and horizontally

Lay bottles out on a perfectly flat surface. Ensure all bottles are the same brand and same size. Arrange a color pattern with caps and bottle bottoms. Silicone junction points. Press together.  Allow the modules to dry two hours before moving them.  Allow 24 hours before using them.  Combine modules vertically and horizontally.

 Step 3

If you have used bottles of identical brand, the hexagon module top will fit perfectly into the triangular module bottom.  Make a lot more modules.  Experiment with module size and back-to-back modules.  Make cool stuff!


Visual Resources

Ecobrick modules in action…

 

Here is a short video by Ecobrick module inventor Russell Maier on how to get started:

Examples from around the world on how ecobrick modules can be used…