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 […]
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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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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! 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 […]
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 […]