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Manufacturing ecological bricks “ECOBRICKS”

Every day, even every hour, we accidentally release into the environment a large amount of non-biodegradable waste, which is plastic bottles and nylon bags, causing pollution. Faced with the alarming problem, a group of young people (students and students of Le Quy Don School, Tran Phu, Amsterdam, Hanoi Open University…) from Les Pas Verts Club joined Together they learned, consulted and tested a type of brick made from waste plastic called “Eco-Brick” – Ecobicks.

Chế tạo gạch sinh thái “ECOBRICKS”

Eco-brick from plastic waste. Illustration

“Ecobricks” is not a new technology. The idea of ​​this technology has been around for a long time and has been tested in some countries with similar weather conditions to Vietnam such as the Philippines, Indonesia. However, in Vietnam, there is no scientific research on this issue. On the other hand, for eco-brick to go from idea to reality is a long process starting from collecting and researching references to starting to make the first products.

The idea of ​​the technology for making birth bricks was formed at the end of 2017 and started to be deployed from the end of January 2018. Currently, eco-bricks are well known and the number of people making Ecobricks is increasing based on information the club collects from the media and extracurricular activities such as workshops and exhibitions “Life Day”. blue” …

Les Pas Verts Club belongs to the volunteer organization Water Wise Vietnam (an organization for young people who love the environment sponsored by the US Embassy), the owner of the project called “Brick to the future” with the message “For a a future free of plastic waste, take action today” to everyone.

Le Phuong Tra – Chairman of Les Pas Verts Club said that raw materials to make eco bricks must be selected, including: plastic bottles that are dried, clean, intact in shape, not punctured or broken (maybe. use 500ml – 1.5l bottles), soft or hard nylon bags, foam boxes, disposable plastic cups, packaging covers, plastic wrap, straws… To keep the bricks strong, not broken or moldy. the above materials must be dry and clean.

The way to make a brick is also quite simple, you just need to open the bottle cap and stuff materials such as soft or hard nylon bags, foam boxes, disposable plastic cups, packaging covers, plastic wrap, straws inside. Stuffing them into bottles also requires technique because for hard and large ingredients you should cut them up, even nylon bags and thick packaging. You will need a chopstick or long stick to stuff and press the ingredients firmly into the bottle. The bottom of the bottle should be stuffed with soft nylon or a crumpled material, this is the best way to prevent air from getting into the plastic bottle. The tighter around the bottle wall, the tighter the middle of the bottle will automatically tighten and harden. Wherever the material is inserted into the bottle, you can squeeze it there, it will be hard and tight.

After the bottle has been firmly inserted and hardened, you close the cap tightly and you have a finished product. The product is now 0.35 times heavier than the bottle volume in ml (for example, a 500ml bottle has a minimum weight of about 180g, a 1.5l bottle is about 500g). This is the process of creating an ecological brick. “Ecobricks” is a compound word of “eco” (ecological) and “brick” (brick). Many small ecological bricks when fastened together they form a large block and are used for many different purposes such as tables, chairs, flower beds, bookshelves…

As a result, the number of Ecobricks qualified for stiffness, tightness and uniformity have been able to be assembled into tables, chairs and you are going to experiment with making some larger projects such as flower beds and in the future have maybe home.

Most recently, to bring the idea of ​​”Eco-Brick” manufacturing technology closer to the community, especially to children, Les Pas Verts Club collaborated with Galileo Times City Active Learning Center, belonging to the HOCMAI Education System, organized an eco-brick making program over the weekend.