Ecobrick/ Zero Waste

Transitioning into Zero Waste: The Ecobrick

The ‘why’ of going zero waste is really very unique to each individual. For instance, you could do it for the following reasons:

  • It is trendy
  • Everybody is doing it
  • I woke
  • I want to feel cool about myself
  • I love animals
  • I care a shit-load
  • List goes on and on and on… and on.

Now, all of the above may seem really, really cool reasons. Or perhaps ridiculous. But, wherever you might find yourself on the spectrum of caring-how-we-interact-and-treat-the-planet-and-its inhabitants, zero waste remains a fabulously cool thing to do! On every level. Whether you are doing it for ethical reasons or for the ‘cool’ factor. You are making a difference.

Seriously though, recycling is just not enough anymore! There is no ‘away’. Zero waste is definitely the answer here. Why? Because, if we don’t buy it, the packaging industry will stop producing and manufacture it. We really vote with our wallets lovelies.

It is probably a good time to mention that we (our family) are not recycling or doing zero waste. At all! We did. But not at the moment. I know it is a shocking confession, but this post is really about our family falling into the abyss of zero waste and figuring out how challenging all of this might be. Or possibly not at all. And how to keep a clear head.

Let me introduce our first change as we play with the idea of zero waste. We are still in the transitional phase here. We thought the cheapest and easiest step to implement (right now, as we are) is to create ECOBRICKS.

Ecobrick plastic bottle

Ecobrick plastic bottle

What is an Ecobrick?

An ecobrick is really just a plastic bottle stuffed with non-biological waste. Like plastic. Packed in really tightly to create a ‘brick’. These bricks are then used to build modular furniture and building structures like schools and homes. You can find an area near you that you can donate your ‘bricks’ to, when filled up.

What do you need?

  • A clean and dry plastic bottle
  • Clean plastic paper/wrappers or other non-biological waste
  • A stick to jam in the plastic tightly

So far it has been really easy to implement this into our household and is really effortless. The only effort, is to screw off the bottle cap before inserting the plastic vs just opening a bin and throwing it in there. I would give it a 9.8 out of 10. It’s a winner!

This is not an ultimate solution towards zero waste, but definitely a great transitional step towards. Let me know in the comments below if you have tried something similar and what other ways you contribute towards the zero waste movement.

Sending much love your way,


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