Living in a small village in the Northern Philippines, I was confronted by a challenge: what to do with my trash? There was no garbage pickup, recycling containers or municipal solid waste systems—but I had a pile of wrappers, plastic bags and more pilling up in my house. What to do?
Really… what to do? What to do with plastic is a problem around the planet. The flow of waste plastic and non-biodegradeable wate into environment around the planet is slowly contaminating, strangling and clogging the once efficient flows of planetary life support systems. 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.
A great example of this I could see down in the valley beneath my house: the garbage pile in my village waiting to be swept away by the river, or the burn pit 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 what to think about. The very concept of ‘waste’ and ‘trash’ is the problem.
Over two years, we have been focused on crafting a paradigm shifting technology that literally makes ‘trash’ (the concept) disappear. Building on the global trend to build with bottles, the newer global movement to pack them with non-biodegradeables, we designed the simplest of ways for anyone, anywhere to make any trash useful. More than that, we have crafted an end-to-end, circular solution for the making, building, destruction, and rebuilding with what we have termed Vision Ecobricks.
After two years of pilot projects, careful observation and refinement we have developed a 20 page Vision Ecobrick Guide, that can be downloaded free for teachers and principals anywhere to work with. The guide is designed spark not just long term Ecobricking but a fundamental paradigm shift in the perception of ‘trash’.
You can download the culmination of our regenerative design work at www.Ecobricks.org