All posts tagged cob

Vision Ecobricks in the Cordilleras

Posted on May 16, 2014 at 12:17pm by russs.net Comments Off
Vision Ecobricks in the Cordilleras

Our VEB intro movie is now complete!  A massive collaborative effort on the part of our volunteer Ecobrick team has resulted in this short and sweet little movie that sums up the core concepts of Ecobricks in less than three minutes.  That’s pretty good considering that my ethics essay on Ecobricks is 2500 words!  The movie, originally crafted for our […]

Balili Ecobrick Park Ready for Planting

Posted on April 29, 2014 at 7:23pm by Russell Maier Comments Off
Balili Ecobrick Park Ready for Planting

We’ve been working hard to develop a pilot Ecobrick park to showcase the simplest, lowest-cost, Ecobrick construction methods.  Our park in Balili, Bontoc, Mt. Province, Philippines is now complete!  The park shows how trash (approximately 1000 large sacs of plastic) can be transformed through minimum cost for maximum utility– not only was all that trash kept out of […]

Small Bench, Lotsa Fun, Big Impact

Posted on December 10, 2013 at 10:52am by russs.net Comments Off
Small Bench, Lotsa Fun, Big Impact

This weekend I visited Monkayan NHS in Benguet Province, Philippines.  Led by my friend Deacon Helen, they had made several hundred ecobricks over the last few months.  I gave a little talk about how important and wonderful their work is (instead of being dumped and burned they are putting their plastics to use in an indefinitely recyclable building block!) then […]

Jane’s Bottle House eco-Rennovation

Posted on September 17, 2013 at 12:37pm by russs.net Comments Off
Jane’s Bottle House eco-Rennovation

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 […]

Forget the Gold, check out that Mud!

Posted on September 6, 2013 at 11:10pm by russs.net Comments Off
Forget the Gold, check out that Mud!

Last week, we collaboratively crafted an experimental clay mural.  The clay that we used had an unusual source– a local small scale goldmine that, like many others, has no use for the mud that results from its process.  The experiment was both in using this ‘waste’ clay and testing our clay to sand to straw ratios.  Success!

You can see the […]

Organic Cement Collaborative Mural

Posted on September 3, 2013 at 3:47pm by russs.net Comments Off
Organic Cement Collaborative Mural

Last week, we got down and dirty with some local clay and 20 students from MPSPC college.  I have been doing extensive experiments with clay over the last year to  perfect our mix ratios with sand, clay, straw and occasionally a little cement powder.  The goal has been to create a system for collaboratively generating organic mortar to hold together […]

It Glows as the Bottle Wall Grows.

Posted on June 12, 2013 at 8:56pm by russs.net Comments Off
It Glows as the Bottle Wall Grows.

It glows! The other day I checked in on our bottle build in Besao. It’s looking good and getting higher! The wall is built with clear wine bottles and in the center, three rows of water/food color filled gin bottles for a little artistic touch. Next, a good smooth finishing.

The best thing about this the wall is that it is […]

Lumiscent-mud-mortared-trash-brick-igloo-bench

Posted on January 27, 2013 at 9:25am by russs.net Comments Off
Lumiscent-mud-mortared-trash-brick-igloo-bench

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 […]