Plastic buildings to be created in Portishead?

PUBLISHED: 07:00 16 January 2019

Portishead Wellbeing Project group is starting an Ecobricking scheme.    

Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Portishead Wellbeing Project group is starting an Ecobricking scheme. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

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A Portishead community group has launched a scheme which could see furniture and buildings made from plastic waste, with calls for the town to take more responsibility for its rubbish.

The Wellbeing Project Portishead has joined the global ecobricking initiative, calling for people to use and recycle their plastic waste in an innovative way.

Ecobricks are created by stuffing clean and dry used plastic into plastic bottles to cerate a block.

The bricks can be used to create a wide range of structures including planters, furniture and buildings, while reducing the amount of non-recyclable materials sent to landfill.

Liese Stanley, founder of the group, told the Times it is a ‘fantastic’ initiative and called for people to get involved.

Efforts to minimise the amount of plastic waste have gathered momentum in recent years, particularly since the release of Sir David Attenborough’s BBC documentary Blue Planet II in 2017.

The series exposed the shocking quantity of plastic floating in oceans around the world and shed a light on the crippling affect of plastics on marine wildlife.

Several groups across North Somerset have since doubled their work to tackle the problem and the Wellbeing Project hopes ecobricking will limit the amount of plastic waste in Portishead.

Ms Stanley encouraged more people to take responsibility for their plastic waste and join the scheme.

She said: “This is a fantastic free idea to do at home with children, as a family or as a group.

“As well as making us look at our daily use of plastics and consider how we might cut down, ecobricking also brings people together for a greater purpose.”

The group hopes to start collecting the ecobricks around Easter, and the project’s leaders plan to host workshops to educate people on the issue.

Ms Stanley added: “It is, though, still important to remember this is a last resort to avoid plastic waste.

“It is always better to refuse, reduce and reuse before recycling.”

For more information on the group’s work search for Wellbeing Project Portishead on Facebook or send an email to wellbeingprojectportishead@gmail.com

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