An Eco-brick is a plastic bottle crammed full with so much plastic that it is heavy and strong enough to be used as a building brick.
Hampstead Norreys Community Shop are appealing for contributions of eco-bricks for playground benches they want to build for their neighbouring primary schools.
How to Make an Eco Brick
East Garston Quakers hold monthly eco-brick making workshops in the Friends Meeting House opposite East Garston Village Hall. Next dates are 12.30 – 2pm Sun 7 Apr and Sun 5 May.
In the meantime, Lesley Ravenscroft from Hampstead Norreys explains all here!
Clean and dry your plastic and bottles. Cut the plastic into small pieces: soft plastic (crisp packets etc) approx 4cm square, hard plastic (yoghurt pots etc) approx 1cm square. Use a dowl or spoon handle longer than the length of the bottle to cram in the plastic right into the bottom of the bottle. Alternate layers of soft and hard plastic.
This way you get enough in to achieve the minimum required weights for each bottle size:
500 ml – 167 gms
1 litre – 333 gms
1.5 litre – 500 gms
2 litre – 666 gms
(the formula is ml divided by 3 = gms)
Please use bottles with screw tops not flip tops.
Where to Take your Eco-Bricks
If you would like to donate yours to Lesley then you can take them directly to Hampstead Norreys Community Shop & Cafe or drop them off at the following places:
Hungerford Garden Machinery, Unit 8-9 Charnham Lane, Hungerford, RG17 0EY. 01488 684105 Mon-Fri: 8.30am-5pm Sat: 9am-1pm (they will also collect bags of plastic ready to be put into bricks)
The Three Tuns, Great Bedwyn
Thatcham : Thatcham Baptist Church – Tuesdays 10am to 3pm, Sundays 10am to 12.30pm, Sundays 6 to 7.30pm
Newbury: 41 Kingsbridge Road, Newbury, RG14 6DY – there is a bin marked for eco-bricks
Penny Locke, Hillsprings, East Garston RG17 7HW