We are now at version 0.9 of the Uninhibited Solar Charger. I am now working with a select group of talented guys in Bontoc, on readying the design for community manufacture. In the Philippines, there are all these little stores where you can get your cellphones and computers fixed. The guys behind the counter are a vast untapped pool of […]
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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 […]
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 […]
I’ve been surveying the different techniques going on around the world to buy using bottles. The technique of layering bottles in cement and building with them as bricks makes some amazing structures and can be a great way to deal with garbage. In Central America they pack them with sand. In New Mexico they leave them empty.
Here in Sabangan, we […]