Ecobricks are 100% Cradle-to-Cradle
Ecobricks are a deep solution for plastic.
Ecobricks, and all the applications on our site, are fundamentally Cradle-to-Cradle. This means, that the next life of the Ecobrick is planned into the creation that we make out of them.
Everything comes to its end. Alas, pollution is is caused by short sighted thinking: not planning the end into a design. The vast majority of the products we use today go from their birth in a factory, into our hands, into their grave– which is always someplace within the Earth’s biosphere. Pollution is the result.
With Ecobricks, we do things differently! Learning from the cycles of life we use Ecobricks in a way that anticipates their next cycle. Instead of a straight line of cradle to grave, we can draw a circle. We can make sure our Ecobricks go from one cradle to the next, to the next. This is the spirit behind Ecobrick Modules and LEGO. This is the concept behind the minimal use of cement in Ecobrick construction*.
“If we think about things having multiple lives, cradle to cradle, we could design things that can go back to either nature or back to industry forever… The Stone Age did not end because humans ran out of stones. It ended because it was time for a re-think about how we live.“ – William McDonough
Ecobricks and Concrete
We advise against using ecobricks with concrete as the connecting mortar. Concrete will solidly hold ecobricks together as walls. However, such walls are impossible to come down without the hard rubble rupturing the ecobricks (note this is not the case with the Pura Vida Atitlan method, as the ecobricks are not bonded with concrete). It is important to think of the next life of ecobricks and the end or our structures.
Ecobricks and Cob
The easiest ecobrick cob application are benches, gardens and playgrounds. Ecobricks are laid horizontally in cob mortar. The result is a thick, sturdy construction with the cob mortar completing encasing the ecobricks to protect them from UV sunlight (with the optional exception of the cap’s surface and colored bottom of the Ecobrick). Thus protected from UV rays and the elements the brick will last pretty much forever in the cob. Because cob is relatively easy to crumble (as compared to concrete) ecobricks can be extricated from the cob 5 years or 100 years into the future– and then be reused!
Ecobrickable Designator Logo
Ecobricks are essentially a catch-all technical nutrient cycle of non-biodegradable materials. Ecobricks allow designers to make theit first step to cradle-to-cradle design. With a little forethought and advance planning, their product can be made easily and effectively Ecobrickable. Because Ecobricks enable virtually any plastic product to be turned into cradle-to-cradle building blocks, we have developed the Ecobrickable Designator Logo.
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