I am constantly inspired by every single member of Year 5 and so many of you have shown an interest in recycling and protecting the planet.
With that in mind, have any of you heard of ecobricks?
Did you know Ecobricking during the CoVid-19 period can keep single-use plastic from becoming a means of virus transmission and save lives?
How to make an ecobrick:
1. Save clean and dry plastic
(bags, packaging, straws, clear plastic, wrappers, foam)
2. If there is any food, oil or dirt on your plastic, be sure to wash it off. Dirty plastic inside an ecobrick will lead to bacterial growth inside the brick.
3. Choose your bottle. Do not go out and buy a bottle, wash and reuse a plastic bottle you have from home. Remember the bigger the bottle, the longer it will take you to fill it with waste.
4. Find the perfect stick. This will be your magic poking wand that helps squish the plastic down into the bottom of your bottle. Sharp sticks might break your bottle and you would have to start your bottle all over again.
5. What you don't put in the bottle, is as important as what you do put into your ecobrick. Do NOT put any metal, glass or paper into your ecobrick. We put plastic into the bottles because we CANNOT recycle them, but we can safely recycle metal, glass and paper.
6. Pack the bottle really tight, mixing your plastics as you go.
7. Fill your ecobrick right to the top and make sure that it is completely filled. It should feel quite heavy if you have packed lots and lots of plastic in there.
8. Remember, creating an ecobrick will take some time, so don't rush. You might begin by collecting all of the things needed to create your brick. Then, once you have enough plastic, start creating. Or, you might add in every little piece of plastic that you find. It is up to you!