This is the house that junk built

2014-03-26 12:42
(Ecobrick Exchange programme)

(Ecobrick Exchange programme)

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Cape Town - A new community project in the Eastern Cape is changing the way we think about housing and litter.

The Ecobrick Exchange programme aims to breathe new life into unwanted waste materials.

The initiative is part of Cape Town’s world design capital programmes and uses unwanted materials to create houses and education facilities in impoverished areas.

The projects uses Ecobricks, which are basically 2l plastic bottles filled with disposable products such as plastic and paper that essentially makes the bottles hard. Each brick weighs between 300g to 500g.

The bottles are then used as bricks with sand or cement to build houses and in certain areas schools.

The Ecobrick Exchange project wants to reduce pollution and landfills but at the same time create classrooms for communities in need.

Inspired by a community project in Guatemala, the organisation is building a pre-primary school in Walmer Township in the Eastern Cape.

Additionally, as an incentive to communities the project also tries to involve the societies they work in by creating “swop shops” where people receive second hand clothing for creating ecobricks.

According to Ian Dommissae, an architect with the project, the bricks have the possibility to be reused. If someone were to take down the structure the ecobricks could be reused for another project.

Currently the project hopes to link with other NGO’s in Cape Town such as Ikamva Labantu.

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