AES Plastic

Authenticated
Ecobrick
Sequestered
Plastic

Ecobricking follows the Earth’s ancient example of carbon compaction, storage and sequestration to sequester plastic.  When ecobricking has been shown to have effectively sequestered plastic, then it is a valuable ecological contribution.

To ensure that packed plastic meets our criteria of plastic sequestration, the Global Ecobrick Alliance (GEA), has established ecobricking standards based on the principles of Earthen Ethics.  

The GEA hosts the Brikcoin manual blockchain as a platform for ecobrick authentication.  Through the peer review of ecobrick, it can be determined if GEA standards have been met and if the plastic has been in fact sequestered.  Accessed through our Gobrik app, the ecological service of plastic sequestration is quantified and commodified.  

Once an ecobrick has been authenticated, the net weight of the plastic inside is referred to as Authenticated Ecobrick Sequestered Plastic (AES Plastic).  AES Plastic counts towards personal and enterprise plastic transition and impact accounting.  AES plastic can be purchased as a plastic offset credit on the GoBrik app.

GEA Ecobricking Standards

Properly made ecobricks have a bottom color, meet density minimums, and are permanently labeled with a block chain serial.

 

The Gobal Ecobrick Alliance maintains the following standards for ecobrick making to ensure that the criteria of plastic sequestration are met by ecobricking so that it is of ecological contribution.  Ecobricking standards were developed by ecobrickers around the world and have been refined and are maintained by the GEA.  These standards are embedded in the authentication algorithm that underlies the Brikcoin manual blockchain.

1. Carbon Compaction, Protection & Storage

In the same way that the Earth sequestered carbon by compacting, protecting and storing it indefinitely, plastic sequestration must do the same.

One of the main criteria of plastic sequestration is dense compaction.  Ecobricked plastic must be properly compacted to be considered sequestered.  Based on a decade of observing millions of ecobricks, the GEA has established the density minimum of 0.33 g/ml).  Below this density, bottles bend and dent easily and can be a fire hazard.  Indentations over time degrade faster, and through usage compression and sun exposure, result in rupture.

Above this density, ecobricks can be reliably reused indefinitely using established circular buidling methods.  Such ecobricks are fire safe and minimize all forms of plastic degradation.  In this way, they are placed on a secure millenial road through time.

2. Circular by Design

In the same way that the Earth used its carbon in circles rather than in lines, so too must plastic sequestration.

In this way ecobricks must be made to be used over and over again.  Ecobricks must made in a way that anticipates their next life:

  • Ecobricks must be packed solid and dense so that they cannot be squished and damaged through use.
  • Ecobricks must have a bottom color that enhances their usability and utility in constructions
  • Ecobricks must be made with solid and thick PET to maximize their use
  • Ecobricks must be capped and sealed with a solid non-breakable lid
3. Net-Greening

Plastic Sequestration must be a process in which subtractive ecological impacts are greater than additive impacts.

Ecobricks must be made in such a way that they do not promote or encourage plastic consumption and generation, nor involve processing that releases CO2.

  • Ecobricks are packed manually
  • Petroleum powered machines are not involved in the process
  • The principles of ecobricking are adhered to
4. Cultivating Consciousness

The hands-on process of packing plastic is a form of experiencial learning that is assisted by the GEA’s educational platforms to increase awareness of ecological connection.  Ecobricking as a subtractive ecological impact leads to the tracking of one’s ecological participation and plastic transition.

5. For Biosphere Benefit

Ecobricking methods are an open source, non-industrial and non-capital technology that terminally reduce surface area and have a minimum density of 0.33g/ml.

Validation & Authentication

An important part of sequestering plastic is independently authenticating that the standards and criteria of plastic sequestration have been met

Due to the crucial importance of making an ecobrick properly, the GEA maintains and develops the GoBrik platform and the Brikcoin manual blockchain.  As an Earth Enterprise, our motive is not-profit and is powered by earth service towards plastic transition.  The GoBrik platfrom leverages the planet passion of the global community of ecobrickers to review every ecobrick that is logged in a process of peer-authentication.

When ecobricks are logged on GoBrik, they are automatically submitted to the public validation queue.  There, any active ecobricker may review the ecobrick and validate that it has been made properly and meets minimum GEA standards.   When three independent reviewers have validated the ecobrick, the system tallies their reviews and either authenticates or rejects the ecobrick.

Only authenticated ecobricks are considered authenticated sequestered plastic.

 

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Accelerating Plastic Transition

AES Plastic represents an Acceleration of Plastic and Petro-Capital Transition

One of the main criteria of plastic sequestration is the acceleration of plastic transition.  Ecobricking is unique among plastic management technologies in its direct influence on the consumers of plastic. By enabling individuals to take personal responsibility for their plastic consumption, the manual process of ecobricking raises what we call ‘ecological consciousness’– an awareness of our interconnection with local and global biosphere cycles.  The simple process of handling and managing one’s own plastic, gets one thinking about where plastic comes from and where it is going.

As a hands-on technology guides by regenerative principles, the act of ecobricking is an experiencial learning immersion in Ayyew ethos and Earthen Ethics.  The meditative and communal aspect of ecobricking catalyzes the raising of ecological consciousness.  Ecobrickers tend to pursue more information about waste disposal in their community, plastic, recycling and ecobricking topics.

“Responsible global citizenship requires not only a new social and ecological imagination but a shift in consciousness itself—a transformed way of understanding and construing reality. We have to change our minds—as individuals and as a culture.”

Learning Toward an Ecological Consciousness

Ecobrickers also tend to put their ecobricks to use in ways that embody circular principles, exploring regenerative technologies and organic materials (building composters, gardens and food forests). The GEA emphasizes these principles and technologies, in particular the use of ecobricks for local, organic, non-capital earth building.

These phenonomenon lead to a steady decrease in the ecobricker’s net plastic consumption, increases their greening impact, and accelerates their plastic transition.  AES plastic is a representation of this shift.

Offsetting

We live a world where it is impossible to not use plastic.  Not all of us have time to sequester our plastic.  However we can support those who are doing the hard by balancing or ‘offsetting’ of our plastic impact.

The plastic that we consume and produce is our responsibility.  But til, now there was little we could do but lament our impact.  AES Plastic registered on the Brikcoin manual blockchain enables the revolutionary new concept of plastic offsetting.  Offsetting is a means to balance your personal grey plastic impact and to support the work of those sequestering plastic.   Individuals, households and companies can now purchase AES Plastic credits as a way to balance their plastic and work towards their own transition..

Offsetting means balancing.  Plastic offsetting is way to balance off the plastic you consume or produce. Its a little bit like how some people plant trees or buy carbon offset credits to balance off the carbon footprint.

AES Plastic is the foundation of the brikcoin blockchain.   On our GoBrik.com platform you can purchase of plastic offsets, measured in kilograms of sequestered plastic using brikcoins or normal currency. In so doing the brikcoins corresponding to the weight of plastic purchased are destroyed and a certificate issued to the buyer by the Global Ecobrick Alliance.

The offsets are certified by the Global Ecobrick Alliance.  The GEA issues a serialized certificate which is logged on the brikcoin blockchain and your account credited with AES plastic offset credits.

Plastic offset credits and their certification can be used by companies to compensate for plastic that they produce and consume during their yearly operations. Likewise, offset credits can be used by individuals to take responsibility for the impact of their household’s plastic consumption.

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Equivalent CO2 Sequestration

Source – CIEL

AES plastic also prevents the release of CO2 and green houses gases from degradation, industry and petro-capital participation.

The 2019 report, Plastic & Climate: The Hidden Costs of a Plastic Planet concluded that “the plastic pollution crisis that overwhelms our oceans is also a significant and growing threat to the Earth’s climate.”

Source -CIEL

The report examined the CO2 produced at various points in the life-cycle of plastic.  It examined the impact of extraction and transport, refining and manufacture, waste management and plastic in the environment.  It observed that the production and incineration of plastic will add more than 850 million metric tons of greenhouse gases to the atmosphere—equal to the emissions from 189 five- hundred-megawatt coal power plants. At present rates, these greenhouse gas emissions from the plastic lifecycle threaten the ability of the global community to meet carbon emissions targets.

Plastic sequestration, by keeping plastic out of industry, thus also has a subtractive climate impact.

Proper and authenticated ecobricking ensures that plastic won’t get loose into the environment.  It also ensure that plastic won’t get into industry.  By keeping plastic local we prevent it from being shipped around the world to be recycled, dumped and incinerated– all process native to the petro-captial economy that have a significant generative CO2 impact.

In particular ecobricking has the following subtractive CO2 impacts.

In 2018, the GEA estimated that for every 1kg of plastic that is burned, 3.1kg of C02 is released based on the average carbon content of average single use plastic.  As of August 2020, the GEA is currently preparing a white paper report re-xamining our estimated CO2 impact of authenticated ecobrick sequestered plastic based on the points above.

As such AES Plastic has a CO2 sequestration value.  We are currently working to calculate this value based on the following AES plastic carbon services…

  • Ecobrick sequestered plastic won’t be incinerated and won’t release its stored carbon as CO2.
  • Ecobrick sequestered plastic won’t generate more CO2 through its processing in the recycling industry
  • Ecobrick sequestered plastic won’t photodegrade releasing CO2 and other green house gases
  • Ecobrick sequestered plastic won’t degrade into microplastics and interfere with zoo plankton and their work sequestering carbonin the oceans
  • Ecobrick sequestered plastic will be used to make home furniture, removing the need to purchase industrially manufactured, shipped, and disposed furniture
  • Ecobrick sequestered plastic will be used to build with earth mehtods– encouraging localized regenerative building and alleviating the need for cement and industrial materials which have large CO2 impacts
  • The work of ecobricking represents time not spent participating in the petro-capitial economy (buying, consuming, etc) and the CO2 generation.
  • The process of ecobricking raises ecological consciousness and encourages the lowering of plastic consumption and its associated CO2 generation
  • The process of ecobricking accelerates plastic transition and disassociation from the petro-captial economy and its CO2 generation.

In 2018, the GEA estimated that for every 1kg of plastic that is burned, 3.1kg of C02 is released based on the average carbon content of average single use plastic.  As of August 2020, the GEA is currently preparing a white paper report re-xamining our estimated CO2 impact of authenticated ecobrick sequestered plastic based on the points above.

On the GoBrik app, successfully authenticated ecobricks also are currently credited with a CO2 sequestration credit of 3.1kg CO2 per 1Kg AES plastic..

Valuable

By ensuring that our plastic management follows the billion-year-tested-and-proved principles of the Earth in carbon management, we can ensure that the way we manage our carbon dense plastic doesn’t grey the biosphere– that it greens it!  In this way, we be sure that authenticated ecobrick sequestered plastic is…

 

  • …plastic whose management had a net carbon subtractive (greening) impact.
  • …plastic that has been secured and stored out of industry and our of the biosphere.
  • …plastic that won’t degrade into microplastics, CO2 or green house gases.
  • …plastic that will shortly be put to local use for short-term household projects.
  • …plastic that will be put to use to build earth and ecobrick green spaces.
  • …plastic whose not-for-profit, non-industrial processing raised ecological consciousness.
  • …plastic whose processing is accelerating plastic and petro-capital transition
  • …plastic that can no longer carry the Covid-19 virus nor weigh down our municipal waste systems.
  • …plastic that will be a gift to future generations and ages.
Commodification


Authenticated Ecobrick Sequestered plastic serves as the foundation of the Brikcoin currency through the valuable ecological service that it represents.

Authenticated ecobricks generate brikcoins based on the amount of sequestered plastic they contain (measured in Kg).  10 Brikcoins are generated for every 1Kg of ecobrick plastic that is authenticated.  As such the Brikcoin currency is based directly on AES Plastic Standard and the ecological service it represents.

Authenticated ecobricks are automatically posted to the public Brikchain, made available for user exchanges, posting on the GoBrik Marketplace and count towards a user’s Plastic Transition Ratio.  Brikcoins can be used on the GoBrik platform to register for courses, purchase regenerative products, and exchanged for ecobricks and more.  Brikcoins can also be converted into the AES Plastic equivalent to gain plastic offsetting credit.

The full accounting of generated brikcoin blocks is stored on our human searchable brickchain.

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Is Ecobrick Plastic Sequestration a Final Solution for Plastic?

In the circular systems of the biosphere and its ecologies, there’s never such thing as ‘final’.  The carbon that we’re extracting after hundreds of millions of years of storage, is a gift of ancient sunglight empowering homo sapiens to reach incredible new heights.  Likewise, by sequestering our plastic into long-term storage we’re gifting it to future generations.  Just as the dinausaurs had no idea how their forests and oceans would be used by us far in the future, we have no idea how our re-stored carbon can be used in the future.

We do have a good idea though, that its alot better gift sequestered and stored safely than scattered loose and degrading in the biosphere.

 

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A Millennium Road

Ecobricking done properly is a way to sequester plastic– to put it on a pathway that keeps it from getting loose into the biosphere over at least the next thousand years.

Plastic Sequestration

Authenticated Ecobrick Sequestered plastic serves as the foundation of the Brikcoin currency through the valuable ecological service that it represents.


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Ecobrick & Brikcoin White Paper

Go deep into the science, ethos, and vision behind our Brikcoin Manual Blockchain and AES Plastic.

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Plastic sequestration is the ecological service of putting plastic on a safe thousand year journey while accelerating plastic transition.

 

 

Sequestering Plastic During CoVid-19

Ecobricking during Covid-19 helps secure plastic from being a transmission medium for the virus.  Household ecobricking also takes pressure off of municipal solid waste systems that struggle during the pandemic.