Inside Sammy there are 154 ecobricks, mostly 2 litre, containing about 85kg of waste plastic. He is surrounded by cob, a natural building material that protects the bottles from sunlight which would cause the plastic to break down, releasing gases into the atmosphere. Lime is mixed with the cob to help protect against the elements.
Creating Sammy was great fun (though mucky!). We are grateful to the many local companies that helped reduce costs by giving generous discounts, and of course to all who took part, but most of all to Ken Neal of Newbury whose knowledge and practical expertise (and equipment) was invaluable. We couldn't have done it without you Ken!
We have a waiting list of local schools who would like their very own eco-bench but we need better weather before building again. Meanwhile we are approaching local businesses to ask if they would partner a school - the school and the company work together to ecobrick, and we support by giving some of our surplus ecobricks and passing on what we have learnt from building Sammy. If you know of a company that would be interested, we would love to hear from you (or them). Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Meanwhile . . .
People from all over the south of England continue to bring us their ecobricks. We have an additional 1300 ecobricks waiting to be used: to date we have removed over 475kg of plastic from the environment. An amazing achievement!
Making an ecobrick is not easy. There are minimum weight requirements but more importantly the brick must be so solid that when you stand on it there is no 'squish'. Underweight ecobricks can't be used so it is crucial that people understand how to ecobrick successfully, or their hard work will be wasted.