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The Communities for Work Plus and Communities for Work projects are committed to supporting environmentally friendly campaigns. 

We will be recording our progress as a team and will also ask our participants to do the same when attending our centres for work clubs and if they would like to continue the scheme at home then we will give them all the information they need.

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The Ecobrick Campaign

Ecobricks allow plastics to be recycled in plastic bottles. These can include crisp packets, plastic bags, straws, plastic cutlery, cling film etc. Once full, these bottles can be used as ecobricks to build structures. It’s a great way to recycle plastic and stop it from being incinerated or dumped on landfill. Once built, the ecobricks can turn something that could negatively impact on the environment into something that could positively support communities.

There’s more plastic in the ocean than ever before, but plastic production isn’t slowing down. Over 99% of plastics come from chemicals sourced from oil and gas production – contributing massively to climate change.

There are lots of easy ways you can cut down your single-use plastic, but what should you do with the plastic that you can’t avoid? Ecobricks are an ethical way of using up the plastic that can’t be recycled and won’t break down. Here’s everything you need to know about ecobricks.

What is an ecobrick?

An ecobrick is a building block made entirely from unrecyclable plastic. It’s created by filling a plastic bottle with clean, dry plastic until it’s packed tightly and can be used as a building block.

Ecobricks can be used in all sorts of sustainable building projects, which makes them a great way to dispose of plastic waste that would otherwise end up in landfill, and potentially, the ocean.

What are ecobricks used for?

The plastic in an ecobrick is very durable and will never break down, making it an ideal building material. They’re used in developing countries to construct furniture and even buildings, and they’re also used in the UK to build children’s playgrounds.   



About the author

Clare Watkins

Clare Watkins

Community Employment Mentor/ Mentor Cyflogaeth Cymunedol

Communities for Work Plus/ Cymunedau ar Gyfer Gwaith a Mwy

Torfaen County Borough Council/ Cyngor Bwrdeistref Sirol Torfaen

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