Educating communities on environmental preservation

2018-12-19 06:01
photo: supplied. Representatives from Umvoti Municipality and members of the project.

photo: supplied. Representatives from Umvoti Municipality and members of the project.

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UMVOTI Municipality, in partnership with Build It Greytown, initiated a project called Eco-bricks that aims to save the environment and educate children about environmental preservation. The project also aims to create bricks that can be used in the construction of play structures, garden beds, benches for parks, and gardens, boundary walls and housing structures.

An eco-brick is made of a plastic bottle or container of some sort, including paper or laminate milk cartons, which has random plastic waste compressed inside it.

Completed eco-bricks need to weight 400g and are stuffed so densely that they can bear the weight of a person without deformation.

According to a statement, plastics in the fields or water break down into small pieces. Plants and animals then absorb these toxic pieces. From here they enter the human food chain, where they may lead to fatal consequences such as cancer and birth defects. Thus the removal of these plastics from the food chain is one of the goals of the project.

Build It has been the driving force behind the project, printing posters and incentivising the UAC children beneficiaries to embark on this project with a reward for the most properly completed eco-brinks when they reopen in January next year. The aim is to roll this project out to all 14 wards of Umvoti Municipality, their communities and schools as nature conservation of this nature can have rewarding and positive long term impact in the society. — Supplied.

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