According to www.ecobricks.org “An Ecobrick is a plastic bottle packed to a set density with used, clean and dry plastic to achieve a building block that can be used over and over again. Ecobricks can also be packed with other non-biological unrecyclable that, un-contained, and are toxic to the environment (i.e. styrofoam, wires, small batteries, etc.).
Ecobricks are used to make modular furniture, garden spaces, walls and even full scale buildings. It’s an exciting way that individuals, communities, and companies can start their transition from plastic towards ever greener harmony with the Earth’s cycles.”
Cagayan de Oro has experienced massive urban flooding in years and people just want to find a solution in how to make small ways to help de-clog the streams and sewers of this city.
A group of young professionals met up last July 25, 2016 for the first time after exchanging messages on social media which lead up to creating a group chat where everyone contributed in sharing ideas on how to be a pro-active eco-warrior in Cagayan de Oro City.
An ecobrick project for an art farm hub will be the first of its list of doable activities to do this year. The first meeting of the online advocates was a meeting of ideas and passion.
A lot of people have big hearts on how to make Cagayan de Oro a wonderful place to live in, it just needs avenue for different skills of people to be tapped and maximized for their potentials. For example, a lot of people when you say help the environment – projects that will come to their minds will be tree planting and they are passionate and effective on it, but there are also people that their ideas on helping the environment will be upcycling and innovation while some are entrepreneurial.
I know a bunch of friends who makes caps of mineral water bottles into beautiful world class earrings while another friend makes plastic cellophane’s as yarns and make into crotchet works – others are also making innovations like the ecobricks to use as construction materials.
All these ideas contribute in making our place a wonderful place to live in. Diversity of ideas can create a beautiful co-existence.
The first meet-up gave birth to a movement of eco warriors that will make small steps in informing, educating and communicating to everyone on the importance of waste management, the movement is named LIHUK. A grand met up is being planned for September 2018 and the group is calling everyone who wants to be a part in this movement or wants to know how to make an ecobrick to send the group a message at www.facebook.com/pg/wantedecobrick. Everyone is an eco-warrior, Do our share!
(The author is a member of the Rotary Club of West Cagayan de Oro and Chairman of Dire Husi Initiatives, Inc. winner of the Ten Accomplished Youth Organization or TAYO. For suggestions please email at firstname.lastname@example.org)