We’re a collective of ecobrick leaders from around the world united in the vision of seeing an end to “trash.” All of us pack ecobricks in our homes. We’re passionate about seeing ecobricks spread. Many of us have worked hard to build this site and the resources you find here. Our vision is of a world where we have transitioned from waste, trash, and pollution to live in harmony with the cycles of life. Our mission is to assist the spread of Ecobricking locally and globally to keep our plastic and C02 out of the biosphere. To do so we’ve come together as an alliance of ecobrickers. Ecobricks.org is the home of the Global Ecobrick Alliance (GEA). Our work is dedicated to our Children, our Children’s Children… and the children of all species, for all time.
A People Powered Movement
Ecobricks.org and the GEA are not NGOs. We’re not affiliated with any corporations, government or institutions. We’re a 100% people-powered movement. Every element of the movement, from this site’s software, to our server, to our guide books, to our movies, are the contributions of the alliance! We have no employees, offices, or equipment. Our minimal server costs are covered by our base of πPatrons, enabling us to offer all our media free and open source. This incredible base of pure passion enables us to seed grassroots action and viral-word-of-mouth-spread far faster and smoother than capital based institutions can even imagine Through this site, our awesome resources, and our training seminars, we disseminate ecobricks locally and globally.
The GEA Alliance finds its roots in the Northern Philippines. In 2012, Russell Maier stumbled on ecobriking in the town of Sabangan, Mt. Province as a way to transform his home plastic. With the help of Irene Bakisan and Pi VIllaraza they began to refine the ecobricking methodology and pedagogy. Together they developed the Vision Ecobrick Guide as a way to disseminate Ecobricks throughout the school system. The open source guide book was instrumental in assisting the spread of ecobricks to thousands of schools. The guide books, once online, became a rallying point for the global ecobrick community. Allying with Ecobrick leaders across the continents, the importance of coordinating local movements globally was recognized. The Global Ecobrick Alliance was thus formed in 2014 to share and develop best practices, new innovations, and the philosophical underpinnings of the movement. To keep up with both the Filipino and global spread of Ecobricks we continue to develop Ecobricks.org as the go to location for the Vision Ecobrick resources.
The Core Team
Ecobricks.org principal, co-founder, designer, builder, and mobilizer
Region: South East Asia
Languages: English, Spanish, French, German, Kankanue, Indonesian
Based: Bali, Indonesia
Russell Maier, is a principal of the GEA and one of the lead authors of the Vision Ecobricks Guide. The VEB Guide was first made for schools in his area of the Northern Philippines. It is now part of the curriculum in 8000+ schools in the Philippines. Russell has overseen the construction of hundreds of ecobrick playgrounds, gardens and buildings. In his home every piece of plastic is ecobricked to make the chairs and tables. Russell loves getting communities and networks fired up with ecobricks as a solution to their plastic. His favorite thing in the world is to visit a few months later, see the difference and help build something cool.
Russell is available in Indonesia and internationally as an ecobrick consultant, lecturer and catalyst.
GEA co-founder, ecobrick designer, builder, and evangelist
Languages: English, Spanish
Based: Santa Fe, New Mexico
My name is Jo Stodgel and I am the activating co-founder of the Ecobrick Alliance. I am also the founder of the Trash to Treasure Festivals, an initiative of the Greyton Transition Town Network in South Africa, and the director of Upcycle Santa Fe LLC, a plastics upcycling and educational organization here in New Mexico, and one of the only ecobrick projects in the USA.
Solutionologist, Environmentalist, Ecobrick campaigner
Region: South America
Languages: English, Spanish
Based: Sussex , England
In 2003 in Lake Atitalan Guatemala I first discovered a wall built from ecobricks. I was so inspired by such a practical solution I went on to show people around the world how to clean up their villages and work with ecobricks. I have built benches in Ecuador, Colombia, Guatemala and England, an eco-restaurant built with 3200 ecobricks in the Ecuadorean Amazon and inspired the building of other works around the world, including a health centre and school in Cambodia, walls in Australia and Ecuador and others.
I continue to give presentations internationally with the talk entitled ‘Positive Solutions Around the World’. One of the solutions I work with is ecobricks and many people have heard my talks and gone on to spread the word. I have also written articles in various magazines and given interviews.
Region: Western Cape and Zambia
Candice Mostert, started off as a photographer for the local newspapers in Cape Town,Africa where she saw a real need for empowering housing solutions in a country with 60% living in informal settlement’s. After meeting Jo Stodgel in 2012 she co founded the Trash to Treasure festival with him in Greyton and thereafter became the Greyton Transition Town project manager for the next 3 years. In 2014 she founded the Cape Town based project Waste-ED running building, waste management and upcycling programs for festivals, businesses, schools and communities including the annual Greenpop’s Festival of Action in Livingstone, Zambia
Ian George Dommisse
South Africa, architect, presenter, ecobrick designer, builder, and evangelist
Ian is an architect and founder of the Ecobrick Exchange in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Together with the Workplace Architects he has devised some innovative ways to utilize ecobricks in construction.