Save our planet an eco-brick at a time
Holy Cross Primary learners recently learned how to make use of rubbish in an environmentally friendly way rather than allowing it to pollute the earth. On Thursday 6 December, they built a bench on the school grounds - made with eco-bricks. The learners were shown the ropes by representatives of the Breede Gouritz Catchment Management Agency, the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT), the Greytown Transition Town project and the George Municipal Refuse Department.
"Now that we positively know that the oceans are filling up with rubbish, surely it makes sense to rather use litter where we can," said Brian Delcarmé, lecturer in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Studies at the CPUT. "If each empty plastic 2-litre cold drink bottle is filled with 350g of tightly packed, clean recyclable material, we will be able to make thousands of eco-bricks which can be used to build anything from a home to a braai," Delcarmé told the George Herald. The team that assisted the learners. Front, from left: Thembakozi Adam, Iviwe Maboza, Janine Fernold, Grace Notshokovu and Karin Stoffels. Back: Carlo Abrahams Maruwayne Williams, Brian Delcarmié, Babalo Counter and Wessel Robertson. Scott Vaughan (left) and Ashlee Petersen are at the ready with the eco-bricks.
RIGHT: Marshall Rinquest from the Greyton Transitional Town mixes the cement.
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Jayden van Rensburg (left) and Stuart James with the eco-bricks that were used to build the bench.