I just returned from Besao with some new photos of our first attempt remodeling a humble home in the village of Besao Philippines. The front and back walls are redone with Ecobricks, Hospital Foundation bricks, gin bottles and colored water! The mortar is our ‘organic cement’ (clay/sand/straw mix + a tiny cement) with concrete only used for two posts […]
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I was flipping through papers at the local newstand the other day when I had a shock: There was our project on the front page!
The article sprouts from an eco-conference that Sarah and Pi led in Bontoc. The process of reflecting on the story behind the trash problem in Bontoc, brought out all sorts of fabulous insights from the […]
What is Garbology exactly? Well, my friend Joel and I came up with the term for the title of a lecture at Xijen College, where he is president. It was just for fun at first, but now the term seems to have stuck. Pi, our intrepid film maker friend put together this little documentary on the remarkable unfolding of the […]
I am excited! Our technique for building with trash bottle bricks has taken a giant serendipituous leap forward.
This past weekend I met Zelli and his wife Joany who are seasoned cob builders living in the Philippines. Against the odds, they have been pioneering ancient mud/clay/straw building techniques at their Baguio home perched on a hilltop.
We joined forces to […]
A while ago, this great article came out on our work here in Sabangan with the local San Alfonso High School students. Christa had the great idea that we should get the students to write about the process and interview folks during the day. This newspaper article, published in the provincial paper is the result. I love some of the […]
The other day, I teamed up with Kelsie, a U.S. Peace Core worker who is stationed in a neighbouring village. Together we taught the highschool staff and 170 students of Bila National High School how to make bottle bricks. Nothing went as expected– yet, it was a great success.
First our powerpoint and movie clips all failed to play. Then we […]
Wow. Yesterday was a lot of fun. We worked with teams of boys from San Alfonso High School to construct with our arsenal of bottle bricks. Together we’re constructing a segregation centre as designed by the students, Niklaus and I.
These are the same bottle bricks that we made last month during our big village clean up when we had all […]
Yesterday, was the culmination of six months of experimenting and two weeks of preparation with the local high school. Together, we cleaned up the village, dug out the trash from the school’s garbage pit and dumped everything into the town’s centre plaza. What a mess!
But the students were eager to help out. The last two weeks we’d been studying just […]
We’re refining the Ecobrick methodology here in the northern Philippines. An essential part of the process is philosophical. It is essential to consider the longterm ethics of stashing plastics and potential toxics for the next 500 years into a building block. Short term the benefits are clear: encouraging segregation, avoiding short-term contaminations, enabling personal waste responsibility, and empowering individuals, schools and communities with a […]
This is the unfolding of a trash wall built by the village youth and I this month. It is built from bottle bricks stuffed with trash that we salvaged from the river. The humble (yet beautiful!) wall is a community showcase of the potential of this collaborative, trash-transmuting, and very low cost building technique. We’ll next take the method to […]