The Brikcoin Manual Blockchain
A revolutionary new way to value the absence of plastic from the biosphere
The challenge of transitioning from plastic connects us across cultures and continents. By valuing the packing of plastic by individuals and communities, the Brikcoin manual block chain decentralizes the work of plastic transition to citizens around the world.
Brikcoins (BRK / ß) are a digital token based on real world plastic that has been sequestered and authenticated by ecobrickers around the world on a manual blockchain. Brikcoins are generated each time an ecobrick is authenticated by the ecobricker community on GoBrik. For each Kg of authenticated plastic, 10 ß are generated. These coins are distributed equally among the validators and the GoBrik system. Brikcoins can be used to exchange for ecobricks, to register for GEA courses, to purchase products on the GoBrik Shop, and to purchase AES plastic offset credits. Anyone with an GoBrik account can invest their time and effort to earn brikcoins by assisting the ecobrick authentication process.
A Whole New Way to Value Plastic
As the negative effects of widespread plastic pollution are becoming clear, individuals and governments are realizing that removing plastic from the biosphere is essential. Even more so; preventing it from getting there in the first place.
Plastic that has been properly packed into an ecobrick is effectively secured from the main forms of degradation. Ecobricks can be further put to use using cradle-to-cradle building technqiue that further ensure the plastic is indefinitely safe and secure. In this way, ecobricking provides the tremendously valuable service of ensuring that plastic does not break down into microplastic, toxins or greenhouse gases in the environment.
Ecobricks enable the revolutionary quantification and commodification of this value. The GEA has created a token, known as a brikcoin (BRK / ß ) to represent the value of of ecobricked plastic. Unlike traditional recycling, which values only the material value of plastic, Brikcoins are based on the value of removing and securing plastic from the biosphere– what we can the sequestration of plastic.
Brikcoins are generated on the GoBrik app platform as ecobricks are logged and authenticated through the work of our community of ecobrickers. Brikcoins are generated on the GoBrik platform when through a process of peer-review, our community authenticates the data of a logged ecobrick, confirming that a specific amount of plastic has been properly secured.
What is Sequestration?
The word “sequester” means to isolate, cut-off and seclude. Plastic sequestration means just this: to secure plastic safely out of the environment so that it can’t degrade and cause contamination.
It also means keeping plastic out of industrial waste management. Industrial process don’t secure plastic and have their own impact. Industrial dumping, incineration and industrial recycling lead to the eventual escape of plastic into the environment-- as gas, micro-plastics, or toxic molecules. Ecobricks on the other hand, use the longevity and durability of plastic to secure plastic without the environmental impact of industry.
Squeezing a sheet of plastic into a bottle reduces its surface of area a thousand-fold. Inside a bottle, the plastic is trapped and cannot degrade. Ecobricks can then be put to all sorts of great short term, circular and modular applications. This means that when a module comes to its end, the ecobrick can be taken out and put to use in another module.
After a while, ecobricks end up in long-term earthen constructions. These are also circular-- so when an earth bench comes to its end, the ecobrick can be taken out and used in another building. In earthen constructions ecobricks are completely encased and protected from degradation. Even if long-term structures collapse and are forgotten, the intact ecobricks are buried and safe under earth. However, it is important to note that long term sequestration isn’t assured when ecobricks are squishy and poorly made. For this reason ecobricks that are logged on GoBrik are be peer reviewed to ensure that they meet minimum GEA standards. Only authenticated ecobricks are considered authenticated sequestered plastic.
How do Brikcoins Work?
Brikcoin is what we call a ‘manual blockchain’. Unlike conventional crypto-currencies, the process of generating brikcoins is 100% manual and is grounded in human labour. Consequently, the earning of brikcoins is open to anyone willing to do some hard work.
Brikcoins (BRK / ß) are a digital token based on real world plastic that has been sequestered and authenticated by ecobrickers around the world on a manual blockchain. Brikcoins are generated each time an ecobrick is authenticated by the ecobricker community on GoBrik. For each Kg of authenticated plastic, 10 ß are generated. These coins are distributed equally among the validators and the GoBrik system. Brikcoins can be used to exchange for ecobricks, to register for GEA courses, to purchase regenerative products on the Regen Shop, and to purchase plastic offset credits. Anyone with an GoBrik account can invest their time and effort to earn brikcoins.
The first part of the generation process is the making of an ecobrick. This time-consuming, labor-intensive process packs plastic tight into a bottle. Once complete, ecobrickers log their ecobrick on the GoBrik platform. A serial number is given by the system and the ecobrickers enscribes this permanently on the ecobrick. A photo of the ecobrick with the serial number is taken and the logging completed.
The logged ecobrick is then automatically queued for review.
The GEA has defined standards for a properly made ecobrick. When a packed bottle meets these standards, it is considered an acceptable ecobrick. The second part of the process involves the work of the ecobricker community to ensure that each logged ecobrick does in fact meet the minimum standards of a good ecobrick. Any user on the system can review and validate ecobricks in the queue. Three independent validators review the ecobrick’s photographic data to make sure that the ecobrick is made properly, meets GEA standards and is legitimate by answering a series of questions. An algorithm calculates a validation score based on the review. The three validation scores are averaged and if the average exceeds the minimum threshold, the ecobrick is authenticated. Brikcoins are then generated and issued to the validators and the GoBrik Central Reserve based on the weight of the ecobrick.
The amount of Brikcoins generated depends on the weight of the authenticated ecobrick multiplied by the set plastic standard: 100g of ecobricker plastic = 1ß. This is an arbitrary preset standard on GoBrik. For example, a 0.3 kg ecobrick will generate 3 BRK, while a 0.4 kg ecobrick will generate 4 BRK.
It is important to note that only active ecobrickers can take part in the authentication process. This is assured by a system of validation credits. Validation credits are earned when a user’s ecobrick is authenticated. Each validation that a user makes requires one validation credit. Without validation credits (i.e. without logging good ecobricks) the ecobricker quickly depletes their validation credits.
It is important to note that the maker of the ecobrick does not receive Brikcoins when the authentication of the ecobrick is successful. In this way the Brikcoin value of the ecobrick is decoupled from the generation of Brikcoins.
The Brikcoin White Paper
On Earthday 2020, the GEA released version 1.0 of the Ecobricks & Brikcoin Whitepaper, on The Commodiciation of Manually Sequestered Plastic.
The 32 page document is the culmination of two years of academic and framework-building by half a dozen contributors who are specialist in fields from micro-plastic research, alternative currencies, philosophy, community development and database development. Our whitepaper lays out the context, science and concept for plastic “waste” as an opportunity for a root-level, right-now, you-and-can-do-it, systemic solution.
The document explores ecobricking as a pressing, relevant and deep solution to consumed plastic and essential step in plastic transition. The whitepaper provides exhaustive footnoting to the science behind our assumptions and arguments. It then lays out the core concepts of the Brikcoin people-powered, manual blockchain, that gives plastic a revolutionary new value.
Best of all, the white paper isn’t just abstract theory and words. It is based on two years of field operations with our beta GoBrik app and over 40,000 users. Over this period, the platform has authenticated over 20,000 Kg of sequestered plastic, and generated a pool of over 100,000 ß (as of April, 2020).
A special thanks to the folks who have helped us revise and develop the document. Our intrepid editors Shiloh Vermaak, Jeni McConnell, and Ani Himawati who tired over countless tevisions. Special thanks to Stephen DeMeulenaere (CTO @ Qoin Foundation and City Currency Management Group) who has been guiding the Brikcoin development since the very beginning. Thank you to Ansje Lohr (Assistant Professor – Department of Science, Open University, Netherlands) a leading researcher in the effects of microplastic who extensive reviewed our science and citations). Thanks you to Kimberly Mak for her consulting on our incineration and recycling secions and to Solar Marc for his insights on Carbon Credits.
We live in the petroleum age. There is no way around plastic — that which has been created and that which is on its way.
Fundamental to the pollution crisis is the etymological judgment of used plastic as ‘waste’. Were plastic seen as gold, it would not be discarded and allowed loose in the biosphere. Using sequestered plastic as a ‘gold standard’ for the basis of the Brikcoin currency enables just this – the blanket and universal valuation of plastic. By defining plastic sequestration uniquely to manual, human-powered and universally accessible ecobricking (in which no fiat currency and no petroleum power are required) we envision a leap in our planetary transition from petroleum, the detrimental biases of fiat capital and plastic.
We envision Brikcoins as a catalyst to deep local and global plastic transition. We envision Brikcoins as a complimentary medium of exchange, ideal for supporting, encouraging and igniting the spread of regenerative ideas and technologies that assist our return to an ever greener harmony with the cycles of life.
We envision that the GoBrik and Brikcoin platform will remove millions of tons of plastic from the biosphere. We see this as an inevitable consequence of incentivizing the valuing of plastic that will ignite a collective mobilization to sequester both freshly consumed plastic and plastics already in the biosphere. In so doing, we believe removing this potentially poisonous plastic from the biosphere will prevent untold harm to and suffering of, humans and our fellow species for the next thousand years.
Every ecobrick that is authenticated on GoBrik.com is added to our decentralized network of repositories that we affectionately know as “the brikchain”.
Contact us at if you wish to host a brikchain node on your server!
View the GEA hosted brikchain here.
Plastic Offset Credits
Ecobricks are one of the few ways to ensure that plastic is indefinitely kept out of the waste industry and out of the biosphere.
On GoBrik, each gram of plastic has been reviewed by independent ecobrickers to make sure that has been packed to GEA standards. Each gram of plastic is accounted for in our manual block chain system. Every ecobrick authentication is stored on our human searchable brickchain and every cash transaction is stored in our open books accounting system.
Authenticated Ecobricked Plastic is…
- Plastic that can no longer be contaminated with the Covid-19 virus
- Plastic that won’t degrade into microplastics, CO2 or green house gases
- Plastic that can now be put to local use for shorterm household projects
- Plastic that can be put to use to build earth and ecobrick green spaces
- The result of a process that raises ecological awareness and lowers plastic consumption
The cost incurred in the ongoing sequestration of plastic through the maintenance and development of GoBrik are tracked in our Open Books. By comparing the past year’s net cost of running the platform vs. the amount amount of plastic authenticated in that year, enables us to determine the next year’s price per Kg. This value also corresponds to the total Brikcoins generated in the year. The purchase price of each Kg of plastic offset is thus at a set price and a set Brikcoin correlation-- with the buyer’s personal or company account being credited with both plastic offsets and brikcoins. The transaction is recorded in both our blockchain and our open books.
Offset purchases enables the GEA to continue our work. Purchases also help float the fiat value of brikcoins-- which distributes value and incentive for the entire ecobricker network.
A Global Ecobrick Alliance Project
The GoBrik platform and its development are managed by the Global Ecobrick Alliance. The GEA is a not-for-profit Earth Enterprise, that operates under regenerative principles and a mission to support the global plastic transition movement.
The GoBrik platform is our way of supporting the technological and philosophical infrastructure of the plastic transition movement. GoBrik helps maintain the clarity of the mandalic core pattern and intention of the ecobrick movement. The platform promotes the terminologies, best practices and principles that continental ecobrick leaders have agreed upon and which are established in the wikipedia official ecobrick page.
As an independent Earth Enterprise that by principle does not accept government or corporation funding. We strive to make our work open source and strive to use only platforms and services that are likewise open source. GoBrik enables us to support and amplify the work and example of our 327 Trainers around the world, whose in-turn regular contributions helps us cover our maintenance and development costs. Teams of trainers work on the various aspects of development, translation, content and concept of the platform.
Russell Maier – Lead developer, GEA Co-Founder
Russell Maier is one of the co-founders of the Global Ecobrick Alliance and has spearheaded the the spread of ecobricks in South East Asia and the UK. Russell’s regenerative inventions, ideas and projects have been covered by the BBC, the Guardian, the Jarkata post, hundreds of local media outlets and recently an hour long special on CNN Indonesia. With almost two decades of web development experience, an academic background in philosophy and a decade of leading large collaborative projects, Russell is the catalyst behind the Gobrik and Brikcoin projects. With a perspective gleaned from integrating in some of the most politically and economically challenged cultures on the planet — from refugee camps in Gaza, rainforests in Costa Rica, to four years living with the Igorots in the mountains of the Northern Philippines, Russell brings to the Brikcoin team, his passion for solving ecological and social challenges with a low tech, regenerative approach.
Ani Himawati is an Indonesian anthropologist who has worked to empower communities around the country in cities, towns and remote villages. For the last fifteen years she has worked simultaneously at the grass roots and executive level in the Community Driven Development (CDD) programs with NGOs, Government and Development Aid Agencies, such as the UN and the World Bank. Ani is one of the principals of the Global Ecobrick Alliance and has assisted in GEA Training of Trainers workshops all around South East Asia. She brings her first hand experience of CDD programs to the GEA team, as well as her development work experience designing nation wide implementation programs.
Stephen has over 25 years experience with digital currencies and 8 years experience with cryptographically secured digital currencies. Before the word ‘Bitcoin’ was coined, his contributions in the field of monetary design have been noted in dozens of books and magazines from “The Future of Money” by Bernard Lietaer to “The End of Money and the Future of Civilization” by Thomas Greco. Focused on the potential of how restructuring capital can solve environmental and social problems, Stephen has been a natural fit to the Brikcoin project, advising over the last two years. Previous positions include the organizer of the Blockchains for Sustainable Development for the UNCTAD World Investment Forum in Geneva, brand ambassador for the Malta AI and Blockchain summit and Asia Region Leader at Qoin – Smart City Currencies. Stephen brings his field and theoretical experience in complimentary currency design and implementation as a senior advisor to the Brikcoin team.
Leon is a veteran WordPress developer with extensive experience optimizing servers, sites and databases for clients around the world. Leon is the lead developer of the WP2Static plugin for optimizing site performance and security. Leon couples his IT ingenuity with his passion for solving plastic. In 2017 he joined the GEA Trainer team and has since been advising on the GEA server infrastructure. With the global awakening to the perils of plastic pollution, Leon has been instrumental in configuring a short and long term solution to seamlessly serving the exponential rise in traffic to Ecobricks.org and GoBrik.com.
A senior GEA Trainer based in Durban, South Africa, Shiloh brings her passion for solving plastic and her extensive experience with customer account management to the team. Shiloh’s role is on the front lines of user interaction, managing the GEA social media accounts and interfacing with the various ecobricker movements and communities around the world. Shiloh manages the interaction between our users, new team members and our technical team, ensuring we are constantly staying human friendly, relevant and engaging to the ecobrick movement.
With a combined total of over four decades of experience as a relational database designer, SQL developer, data centre manager and computer engineer, Richard brings to the GoBrik team his extensive background in financial and treasury systems development. After leading Sybase database and software development teams for Morgan Stanley, Fidelity Investments, Prudential Banking and other multinational BlueChip enterprises, Richard retired from the financial industry keen to re-invest his energies and skills in endeavours that fully resonated with his values. With a deep passion for the earth as a long-time green party member and climate advocate, Richard was one of the early adopters of ecobricking in the UK as a means to supplement his already 100% renewable energy home in Surrey. Richard’s passion, background and skills now merge as he assists the team establish development protocols for GoBrik and Brikcoin platforms.
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