An EcoBrick, short form of ecological bricks, is a clean plastic bottle heavily stuffed with washed non-biological waste. These bottles are then used as building blocks to make flower beds, chairs, or even houses.
According to 34-year-old Tran Anh Tuan and 27-year-old Nguyen Binh Minh, who are the people to implement the EcoBrick project in Vietnam, many of the environmental campaigns in the country are merely at the basic level of raising people’s awareness or collecting waste, which is not at all sufficient. After attending a course in Thailand about life and sustainable development, they knew the concept of EcoBrick and decided to popularize it to all citizens in Vietnam.
At the moment, besides accepting new EcoBricks from the public, these two are working with educational institutes, beginning with international schools that have suitable conditions, to add this brick creation activity into the extra-curriculum syllabus for students. This is supposed to help children have more practical actions to protect their environment and to recycle waste effectively.
Many clubs and groups have been founded thanks to the aid of EcoBrick project to help children practise recycling waste, which have been whole-heartedly participated by the young in Ho Chi Minh City.
Ms. Ngoc Dung in District 5, mother of the 5-year-old girl taking part in the project, eagerly shared that her daughter was very serious with this work and even encouraged others like her parents and classmates to follow her footstep in protecting the environment. The little girl even instructed her friends how to classify waste and then stuff it correctly into bottles.
According to Mr. Tran Anh Tuan, the project is a long-term one that needs collaboration from the public. He also offers very detailed instruction on how to make these bricks on his Facebook page, as well as other guidance for environmental protection like making organic fertilizer, shampoo and detergent from fruit skin.
In the near future, Mr. Tuan hopes that he is able to use these bricks to build an environmentally friendly house. His further ambition includes making use of innovative designs to create a comfortable living space that minimize waste to be the motive for the movement to live green.
He is eager to share these bricks to anyone in need.