Recently I have been doing a bit of "eco-bricking" with all the bits of plastic I can't currently recycle. I thought I'd share my experience with you in case you were wondering just what to do with all the non recyclable plastics in your household too. This simple activity is fun to do and keeps plastic out of landfill and the ocean.
I try to avoid purchasing items wrapped in plastic in the first place, but it's not easy and often unavoidable. So what to do with all that unrecyclable plastic?
You'll need a 1litre empty plastic bottle , washed and dried with the label removed. You'll also need long stick or wooden spoon to squish the plastic down into the bottle.
The plastic must be clean and dry. e.g. a frozen bag of blueberries or peas etc, just wash it out and dry before it goes in your brick.
I've found it much easier to cut the plastic up into manageable pieces (if it's too big to fit in) and have a mix of "bendy/stretchy" bits such as toilet roll bags, or supermarket bags and "hard" plastic such as old yoghurt pots, butter tubs and the like.
We have a glass vase under the kitchen sink which we fill up with these plastics - when previously it would get put into the regular bin. As a result, our normal bin sometimes doesn't need to go out for over a month! Great news!
Here's about 2 month's worth of collected plastics -
After cutting up , get stuffing! Use the stick (I had a bamboo garden cane) to really push the plastics into the bottle, it needs to be solid and firm.Pack it in tightly! I find it quite satisfying and it only took about 30 minutes to (nearly) fill this empty tonic water bottle.
Yes, all that mountain of plastic fitted in here, and there's still a bit of room for more. The 1 litre size "brick" should weigh between 350-370 grams.
I've made several of these over the past year, I haven't decided what to do with them all yet. There are several options-
Use them to build some raised beds in your garden. Use them to make a little stool or table, covering with fabric to hide the bottles. Visit You Tube for more ideas.
If you don't want to use them yourself, you can get them verified on line (to ensure they're the correct weight) and drop them off at local collection points. You can find more information on this on Facebook pages or Google.
So- are you going to have a go and do your bit for the environment? You could even fill a bottle during an episode of your favourite soap one evening, so you won't be using up precious time! If you have children, perhaps their schools would like to get involved?
Let me know how you get on in the comments below.