Want to help build a school and rid your home or neighbourhood of plastic at the same time? UNIS Hanoi will be collecting plastics to donate to the Eco-Brick Project, which is a collaboration between Build a School Foundation (BASF), and Wholistik Permaculture. The goal is to build the first ever eco-brick school in Vietnam. The construction plan is based on the model developed by Hug it Forward, an organization working in Guatemala that has built dozens of schools using eco-bricks. In short, the eco-bricks form the filler for the walls of the school, which will sequester over one ton of plastic.
The High School Sustainability Club has set a goal to donate 500 bottles by the end of October. We will have a collection point for plastics on campus so students can drop off. Students and families have two options. They can:
Option A: Drop off a completed ECO brick which is a 500ML bottle (A clean La Vie, Fuse tea etc packed full of clean plastic bags. (Make sure the brick passes the strength test by stepping on it)
Option B: Drop off plastic bottles (has to be 500ML size) and clean plastic bags and student volunteers will pack the bottles to make ECO-BRICKS.
Please see the video below for more on the project we are connecting to with instructions on how to create an Eco- brick.
To assist with greater plastics collection, the school will place a bin outside of the main gate where families can drop off plastics or pre-stuffed bottles. We ask that you start by searching your home. Do you have plastic that can be donated? Please do not go out and purchase more water bottles or plastics to contribute. Thank you!