Joburg park gets its own ecobrick bench thanks to collected plastic [video]

It is known that an ecobrick is a plastic bottle packed with used plastic to a set density. They serve as reusable building blocks and can be used to produce various items, including furniture, garden walls and other structures. As of recently, Lonehill Park in Johannesburg got its very own ecobrick bench thanks to 370kg of plastic.

An ecobrick bench in Joburg

It is said that for the last six months, Sean Williams has been collecting and filling ecobricks to eventually make the bench.

Now that it is finished, Williams said on Facebook:

"Lonehill Ecobrick bench is finished and looks amazing. I feel so proud and happy today, and thank all the wonderful people involved in this dream of mine. Please come and visit our beautiful Lonehill Park and see this landmark."

It is said that Williams has been doing community cleanups in Lonehill with friend Lovemore Robson. The pair have been picking up rubbish along the main roads in the area. The bench was reportedly painted in honour of saving the ocean. 

Lonehill Ecobrick bench is finished and looks amazing. I feel so proud and happy today, and thank all the wonderful…Geplaatst door Sean Williams op Dinsdag 29 september 2020

How to make an ecobrick

  1. Ecobricks are made with clean and dry plastic.  Start by segregating your plastic from all other materials.  Some ecobrickers bring a bottle with them everywhere they go. Others save up their ecobrickable plastic in a bin till they have time to get to it. Also remember that If there is any food, oil or dirt on your plastic, be sure to wash it off.  Dirty plastic inside an ecobrick will lead to microbiological growth and methane forming inside your ecobrick. /\r\n/

  2. Before you start ecobricking, choose one specific bottle and stick with it./\r\n/[*]Ecobrickers like to call their packing stick, their magic wand.  It makes the plastic disappear!  Having the right stick will make a big difference to your ecobricking. /\r\n/[*]It is important to start your ecobrick by adding a bottom colour.  This is part of the circular design principle of ecobricking: we're thinking about the next use of the ecobrick./\r\n/[*]Now it's time to pack away! /\r\n/[*]The weight vs volume of your ecobrick is a good indicator of the quality of your ecobrick./\r\n/[*]So your ecobrick is packed as solid as possible– now its time to cap it!  First, be sure your ecobrick is not packed to overflowing.  There should be about 1-2cm between the cap and the plastic inside. /\r\n/[*]As you log and record your ecobrick, be sure to record the key data on the ecobrick itself too.  Inscribing the weight, data, serial, etc. onto the ecobrick will indicate that the ecobrick has been logged and registered./\r\n/[*]Once complete, you will need to store your ecobricks until you have enough for your project.  Store ecobricks indoors, out of the sun. 

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