Eco-Brick Community Project

Wholistik Permaculture is excited to be seeking partners and collaborators in the construction of an eco-brick school in Vietnam. Eco-bricks are a fantastic way to turn harmful pollution into a valuable resource, educating the community and providing value. We’d love for you to be involved. Read on to learn more.


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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!


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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.

How Can You Help?

Most importantly, we’re seeking a community who needs and can make use of a new school building. The community will be closely involved throughout the process and take part in eco-brick collection and unskilled construction labor. We’re also seeking the funds for construction. Based on previous eco-brick schools, we expect construction costs to be between $5,000 and $10,000.


We feel the time is right in Vietnam for a project that turns waste into value and generates education as a byproduct. If you know of communities that may be interested in such a project, potential sources of funding, or any other connections that could benefit this initiative, please reach out to us. To get in touch, please email Andrea at

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