Living in a small village in the Northern Philippines, I was confronted by a challenge:  what to do with my ‘trash’?  There were no recycling boxes or garbage trucks—but my wrappers, plastic bags and such pilling up in my house.  What to do?

Really… what to do?  What to do with plastic is a problem around the planet.  The ever increasing flow of waste plastic  is slowly contaminating, strangling and clogging the once efficient flows of the Earth’s biosphere.  These foreign chemicals, heavy metals and artificial molecules of our one-time-use products do not fit back into the life giving ecosystems around us.  In my village, there were no illusions anymore: I could clearly see the river dump pile in my village and the burn pits near the rice fields.

50 years ago in the Igorot villages here, there wasn’t even a word for trash—there was no concept of a useless/consumed material.  And there was no pollution or waste.  I realized that the problem wasn’t what to do with my waste—but how we think about it.  The very concept of ‘waste’ and ‘trash’ is the source of pollution.

Over the last five years, I have been focused on Ecobricks.  Ecobricks are a paradigm shifting technology that literally makes ‘trash’ disappear.  After starting in my home, establishing ecobricking in my community and then throughout schools in the Northern Philippines, I have since moved on to Indonesia and other South East Asian Countries.  I have been working (and playing!) at innovations that make ecobricks ever more useful, practical and fun.  Applying the principles of mandalic collaboration to the dissemination of ecobricks in SEA, the ecobrick movement has now spread extensively in the Philippines and Indonesia, raising ecological consciousness and keeping thousands of tons of plastic out of the biosphere.

You can see and follow the culmination of my regenerative Ecobrick work on

My Blog Posts on Ecobricks

First Ecobrick Open Space

Got lots of ecobricks? Put them to use in an Ecobrick Open Space! Check out how we put 2500 ecobricks to use at the 2018, Solo, Urban Social Forum!

Dieleman Lego Modules in Action

Breakthrough Ecobrick Connection Innovation!

For the last five years, I’ve been trying to figure out a reliable, sturdy technique for connecting ecobricks without the need to buy anything— to rely on nothing but used, local, and globally abundant materials. And today… breakthrough!

Ecobricks Server Crash & Burn



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What is an Ecobrick?

An Ecobrick is a plastic bottle stuffed solid with non-biological waste to create a reusable building block. Ecobricks are used to make modular furniture, garden spaces and full scale buildings such as schools and houses.

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Russell is a regenerative designer and inventor based in Bali, Indonesia.  He is one of the leaders of the Ecobrick movement in Indonesia and the world.  Inspired by the principles of the mandala and his time amongst the Igorot people he works to implementing deep, trans-formative innovations.  You can read more in his Regenerative Design Manifesto or follow him on Facebook and Steemit:

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