Eco-Brick Community Project
Wholistik Permaculture has officially finished building the first eco-brick school EVER in Vietnam. Eco-bricks are a fantastic way to turn harmful pollution into a valuable resource, educating the community and providing value. This school cleaned up over 1200 KGS of plastic that has been re purposed into useful building material. Thats 1200 Kgs of plastic that will not enter our natural ecosystems! Thanks for all the participated, including Build A School Foundation, Thay Minh Tri, and the whole Vietnam Green Community!
What are Eco-Bricks?
Wholistik has been using eco-bricks in natural construction for some time with our students. Eco-bricks are plastic water bottles that have been packed full of plastic trash. One eco-brick can fit around 80 plastic bags or more than 100 plastic wrappers. It sequester plastic waste and turns it into a strong building material.
How is a School Built with Eco-Bricks?
The foundation and framing of the school are built with any type of standard or traditional construction technique, from round pole timber framing to steel beams.
Eco-bricks serve as the filler material, where normally cinder blocks would be used. A three classroom school uses about 10,500 16-20 ounce eco-bricks to build. That’s about 1.25 tons of re-purposed trash!
Image Credit: Ecobricks.org
What Resources Do We Have?
Wholistik founder, Tanya Meftah, is trained in earthen building and has worked on numerous structures such as homes, built from cob (a mixture of clay, sand, and straw).
Additionally, Wholistik has the technical support of Hug It Forward, a non-profit who published an open-source eco-brick school manual after completing over 30 eco-brick schools in Central America. We also have confidence from our local sustainability work in schools that collecting 10,000 eco-bricks won’t be a problem.