Cutteslowe Horticultural Therapy Nurseries are now an official Eco-Brick Bank! You can get involved in building their community centre with greener materials, thanks to this simple method of saving non-recyclable plastic from going to landfill.
It’s super-easy to turn your waste plastic into an eco-brick - here’s how you can do it:
- Rinse out a used plastic bottle
It can be of any size, but it needs to be clean. Small water bottles, big fizzy pop bottles, milk cartons, detergent containers all work - just make sure you’ve still got the lids as well!
- Insert your plastic
You could save up plastic as you use it to fill the eco-brick all at once, or pop it in the bottles as you go. This is a great way to avoid putting plastic packaging in the bin: the non-recyclable film that’s often wrapped around supermarket products like toilet tissue and tea bag boxes; crisp and biscuit packets; plastic bags; cling film; polystyrene… you can find a comprehensive list here. Make sure it’s all clean before it goes in!
- Get a stick and poke the plastic down as tightly as possible
This will make your eco-brick strong, and will mean you can fit in even more plastic! But don't overdo it: if the plastic is pushing against the top too much, it may cause the lid of the bottle to come off.
- Weigh your ecobrick
It can’t be too heavy, or it will be difficult to build with. The ideal weight for an eco-brick should be 0.3g per ml that the bottle can hold: so a 2l bottle should weigh 0.66kg, a 1.5l bottle should weigh around 0.45kg, a 500ml bottle around 0.15kg and so on.
- Take your ecobrick to the Cutteslowe Horticultural Therapy Nurseries in Cutteslowe Park! If you want to let them know you’re coming, or if you have any questions about the eco-brick scheme, you can call Mikaela or Noel on 01865 511 938 or email [email protected]. Happy making!