Turning Waste Plastic into 'Ecobricks'
TerraGreen|January 2021
In this article, Sarita Brara highlights the efforts of children of vulnerable communities towards envisioning a plastic-free society. Read on to find out more about their innovation called ‘ecobricks’.
Sarita Brara

Every Sunday, a group of children from Autopin Tilak Nagar, an urban slum in Faridabad, gather to fill plastic bottles with shreds and strips of plastic waste. These bottles filled to the brim with used plastic material serve as reusable building blocks, known as ‘ecobricks’. All through the week, young girls and boys spend time collecting plastic material, bottles, wrappers, and pannis (thin plastic sheets or bags) from every household in the cluster of houses in Faridabad’s urban slum, which is located over a drainage. These children, who are members of Autopin Param Mitra Bal Panchayat, have made a humble beginning by creating two benches from the ecobricks they made out of plastic waste. At a time, three people can comfortably sit on these benches. Today, the community children and nearby households make use of these benches regularly.

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