Plastic Transition

Our everyday plastic is a door to move from petro-capital dependence to regenerative living.

Our transition from plastic is an important indicator of where we are in our personal and collective shift from greying the planet… to greening it.

It can be overwhelming to hear about the challenges of climate change, deforestation and glacial melting.  Given this, plastic pollution is unique of all of our ecological crises.  It is the only one we can touch.   In fact, every day, we all handle plastic– and through it, we touch the petro-capital operating system at the root of it all. 

As a bi-product of the petro-capital economy, plastic isn’t a root problem, but rather a symptom of a system.   To quit from plastic means much more than refusing straws and bags.  Its a full out shift to a new operating system!

Because we all use plastic, plastic provides a unique opportunity for collective action.  Our daily usage of plastic enables small yet meaningful choices to reduce our participation in the petro-capital economy.  Sure and steady we can reduce our greying ecological impacts and increase our greening impacts.

This is the goal of ecobricking: to transition from plastic and the grey impacts of petro-capital economy to what we call regenerative living— where our way of living has a net green impact. As a non-capital technology, ecobricking helps us quantity where we are on our transition from grey to green.  By tracking our plastic, our ecobricking and offsetting we have the potential to make our lives, households and businesses into entities that just by operating are greening the planet massively.

This goes far beyond the old way of “reducing footprints” and “zero waste”.  In the Ayyew spirit we can thousands of times beyond of our grey impacts to ways of life, ways doing business, and ways making products and services that bring us into ever greener harmony with the cycles of life around us.

From Zero Waste to Regenerative Living

Imagine if the net impact of running a household, a company or a corporation was the restoration of forests, the removal of plastic from the oceans and the cultivation of more and more biodiversity.

 

In the process of moving from processes that pollute, deforest and grey acheiving a zero waste life style or business is an important goal.  Essential to this process is quanitfying and tracking our negative impacts– CO2, plastic and other “wastes” that we add to the biosphere.  However, the minimization of additive impacts is just side of the coin.

Ecobricking, enables to quantify our removal of plastic from the environment– a positive, greening action!  Our lifestyles will always generate negative impacts.  But by focusing on our positive impacts, we far exceed our additive processes with subtractive ones– contributing to plastic removal, sequestration, garden building, and ecological consciousness raising. 

This is regenerative living!  The idea that our existential processes are making the world a greener place. 

Tracking our Ecobricking

Ecobricks enable a revolutionary way to quantify our positive effect on the biosphere. When we pack our plastic into ecobricks properly, we are effectively sequestering it– providing the ecological service of keeping it out of the biosphere long term.  Ecobricks allow several ways that we can have green impacts on the biosphere.

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

By counting up the weight of the ecobricks we’ve made, we can quantify our greening impact on the biosphere.  Afterall, if done right, we’ve just helped prevent all the plastic inside (and the CO2 inside the plastic) from reaching the biosphere.  On GoBrik you can keep track of your ecobricking impacts.

When you log an ecobrick on the GoBrik platform and it is successfully authenticated, you receive credit for the amount of plastic (in Kg) that you have packed which counts towards your PTR.  This plastic can be counted against your plastic consumption and production.

 

Plastic Offsetting

There’s many exciting ways to support plastic sequestration economy and offset your impacts.

For individuals and companies who are focused on other important work and don’t have the time to ecobrick or who have very large footprints, there are other ways to accumulate green credits.   When it comes to plastic, it is possible to purchase AES Plastic Offset credits from the GEA.  This is called “Plastic Offsetting”.  By purchasing offset credits (tokens that represent plastic that has been sequestered) you can support the plastic sequestration economy and receive credit for a precise amount of plastic.

AES Offset credits can be purchased using regular money or Brikcoins on the GoBrik platform.

Meanwhile, there are other ways to earn offset credits by supporting the sequestration of plastic economy.

  1. Validating:  Validating that ecobricks have in fact been packed properly is an important part of sequestration.  Through the GoBrik platform, validators can earn Brikcoins for the hard work of reviewing an authenticating
  2. The GEA Catalyst Program:  Our program for businesses enables you to catalyze ecobrick trainings in your community and receive credits for the ecobricked plastic that results.
  3. Selling Products and Services:  Users can sell their products on the GoBrik store for Brikcoins (under development).
  4. Becoming a Trainer:  GEA Trainers can run courses on GoBrik and charge in Brikcoins for registrations.
  5. Offer Community Barters:  Sell your cookies or vegetables fro brikcoins on the GoBrik Marketplace (under devlopment).

 

Learn more about AES Plastic Offsets

Tracking our Transition

By comparing our ratio of subtraction to additive plastic activities we can see just how effectively we are transitioning from plastic.  This plastic transition ratio is also a helpful indicator of where we are in our regenerative journeys. 

In the ayyew of spirit of ever increasing our ecological harmony, we can then strive to be even greener.  By tracking our plastic production and consumption on a monthly and yearly basis we mindfully reduce our additive plastic impact.  By tracking our plastic sequestration activities we can mindfully increase our subtractive plastic impact.

The Plastic Transition Ratio

By dividing our green impact on the biosphere by our greying impact, we get a simple ratio to show our progress transitioning from plastic.

Ecobricks enable something hitherto unprecedented: a way to quantify our positive effect on the biosphere.  When we pack our plastic into ecobricks properly, we are effectively sequestering it– providing the ecological service of keeping it out of the biosphere long term.  This lets us compare our greening impact to our greying impact (the amount of plastic that we’ve generated through our household consumption).  The resulting ratio is what we call the plastic transition ratio.

We calculate PTR by household.  Households are green teams working together A household PTR is composed of four components:  Your plastic consumption and production and your household ecobricking and household offseting.  These are measured overtime, for example monthly or yearly.  When it comes to your plastic generation, you need to track this yourself!  Many ecobrickers do this with a two basket system.  Over the course of the month, the plastic that they consume they clean, dry and put in a Weighing basket.  At the end of the month, they weigh this plastic, and move it to their Ecobricking Basket.  From this basket they grab the plastic for their ecobricks.  Meanwhile, they begin the month anew filling the Weighing Basket with their consumption.  As the month goes by, they also pay attention to the plastic they give away to others or use outside their home (produced plastic)

At the end of the month, the weighed consumed plastic + produced plastic is compared to the net weight of their ecobricks made that month.  The GEA has developed the GoBrik platform to help you keep track of both your ecobricks and your PTR.  Ecobricks that are logged on GoBrik with their weight are tallied up at the end of the month by the system.  Using your estimates of household plastic consumption and production your PTR is calculate.  A monthly report is sent to you each month showing your PTR.  Over time, your monthly PTRs are tracked and averaged to show you your yearly and overall progress in plastic transition.  A similar process is used for companies in the GEA Catalyst program.

Your PTR is measured as a percentage of zero waste.  In otherwords, if you’re generating and ecobricking exactly the same amounts of plastic, then there you are fully accounting for all your plastic and are zero waste!  A PTR below 100% shows you have far you still have to go.

Tracking our Plastic

Plastic isn’t something you can just stop using.  As a bi-product of the petro-capital economy, its an inevitably part of modern life.

Households are green teams working together A household PTR is composed of four components:  Your plastic consumption and production and your household ecobricking and household offseting.  These are measured overtime, for example monthly or yearly.  When it comes to your plastic generation, you need to track this yourself! 

Many ecobrickers do this with a two basket system.  Over the course of the month, the plastic that they consume they clean, dry and put in a Weighing basket.  At the end of the month, they weigh this plastic, and move it to their Ecobricking Basket.  From this basket they grab the plastic for their ecobricks.  Meanwhile, they begin the month anew filling the Weighing Basket with their consumption.  As the month goes by, they also pay attention to the plastic they give away to others or use outside their home (produced pla

When it comes to generating plastic, we distinguish between two main activities.  Consumption and production.  Plastic that we consume is that which we buy and dispose of in a trash can or recycling bin.  Its important to note that we don’t distinguish between binning and recycling plastic– science shows that regardless of how we dispose of our consumption it ends up in the environment.  Meanwhile, plastic that we produce is plastic that we’re passing on to others to consume.  For example when you mail a plastic wrapped package to a friend.  Or a plastic birthday gift to a family member.  Plastic production is usually small for households, but more significant for businesses.  Business often generate much more plastic through production of products and packaging than they consume internally.

 

PTR for Businesses and Organizations

Tracking plastic generation is in particular relevant to companies and organizations that use plastic in their business practices– whether that involves office meals and office supplies, the packaging of products, or the products themselves.  Tracking plastic transition is an essential key performance indicator for businesses serious about going green and transforming their negative impact on the biosphere to a positive one.  The GEA Catalyst program and our GoBrik tracking software  is designed to help businesses with exactly this.

The PTR is composed of four components:  Your plastic consumption and production and your personal offset and community offset.  These are measured overtime, for example monthly or yearly.  When it comes to your plastic generation, you need to track this yourself!  Many ecobrickers do this with a two basket system.  Over the course of the month, the plastic that they consume they clean, dry and put in a Weighing basket.  At the end of the month, they weigh this plastic, and move it to their Ecobricking Basket.  From this basket they grab the plastic for their ecobricks.  Meanwhile, they begin the month anew filling the Weighing Basket with their consumption.  As the month goes by, they also pay attention to the plastic they give away to others or use outside their home (produced plastic)

At the end of the month, the weighed consumed plastic + produced plastic is compared to the net weight of their ecobricks made that month.  The GEA has developed the GoBrik platform to help you keep track of both your ecobricks and your PTR.  Ecobricks that are logged on GoBrik with their weight are tallied up at the end of the month by the system.  Using your estimates of household plastic consumption and production your PTR is calculate.  A monthly report is sent to you each month showing your PTR.  Over time, your monthly PTRs are tracked and averaged to show you your yearly and overall progress in plastic transition.  A similar process is used for companies in the GEA Catalyst program.

Your PTR is measured as a percentage of zero waste.  In otherwords, if you’re generating and ecobricking exactly the same amounts of plastic, then there you are fully accounting for all your plastic and are zero waste!  A PTR below 100% shows you have far you still have to go.

Ayyew Score

The GEA has developed a 0-1000 score to that uses the PTR to gameify one’s progress towards regerative living.  We call this the Ayyew Score.

The Ayyew score lets us see where we are on our journey from negative plastic impacts (adding plastic to the bioshere), to zero-waste (no impact), and beyond to increasingly positive (subtracting plastic from the biosphere).  The score is based entirely on data tracked on GoBrik. 

Our Plastic Transition

The process of reducing our plastic generation and its grey ecological impact is what we call  ‘plastic transition’.

With the help of ecobricks, making the world greener and cleaner is something something that we can now track and measure down to the gram.  The first step is simple, yet crucial: tracking how much plastic we actually generate!  Afterall, how can we tell if we’re tranisitioning if we don’t know how much plastic we’re using in the first place?  This is the first and essential step to reducing our grey plastic impact on the biosphere.

In order to assist the tracking of our plastic the Global Ecobrick Alliance has developed some simple formulas, indicators and standards.  Using the GoBrik.com platform you, your household and company can track your plastic consumption, production, ecobricking, and offsetting.   GoBrik then uses these metrics to calculate the user’s PTR and Ayyew score as way to visualize where we are in our journey towards regenerative living.

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Regenerative

Ecobricking enables us to transition from additive impacts on the biosphere (adding more Co2 and more plastic) to subtractive!  In other words, through ecobricking and offsetting we can ensure our lives are making the Earth a greener place. .

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Plastic is By-Product of Petro-Capital Economy

As petroleum has been refined into the fuels that power our economies, the leftovers chemicals are ideal for producing plastics, resulting in an abundance of cheap plastic being produced.

Plastic Sequestration

Ecobricking puts plastic on a safe and secure millennial road out of industry and out of the biosphere.

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Ayyew

Regenerative living is all about moving into ever greener harmony with the cycles of life.

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Circular Design

Plastic transition means moving from linear to circular thinking.

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