Phillipskop Eco Brick Project

Eco Bricks are plastic bottles stuffed full of plastic waste. Why should we bother with them?

We live in an incredible world, and Phillipskop Mountain Reserve happens to be situated in one of the most beautiful parts. We are privileged to enjoy the species rich fynbos flora, amazing animal life on the reserve, and an abundance of marine life in the ocean just a short distance away. We are passionate about caring for the natural world. So, we are working hard to clear our aliens and care for the flora and fauna on the reserve; we use solar hot water and environmentally friendly cleaning products where we can; and we try to reduce our waste by recycling in our home and office and offering guests recycling facilities in our self-catering cottages.

Recycling boxes for can and plastic, paper and card, glass
Cottage recycling facilities

Now, as we consider the problems of plastic pollution, we are taking a step further.  We are introducing Eco Brick making kits into each cottage, together with an informative fact sheet sharing some of the reasons why plastic waste is a big problem.

Did you know?

  • Enough plastic is thrown away each year to circle the earth 4 times.
  • 50% of the plastic we use is used only once.
  • More than 1 million plastic bags are used every minute.
  • 9 million tonnes of plastic waste enters our oceans every year, and plastic constitutes approximately 90% of all trash floating on the ocean’s surface.
  • The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, an area where marine debris is concentrated by oceanic currents, is approximately 1.6million km2 – an area larger than South Africa.
  • Plastic never, ever goes away – it just breaks down into smaller particles, which are damaging the environment.
  • One million sea birds and 100,000 marine mammals are killed annually from plastic in our oceans.
  • 44% of all seabird species, 22% of whales and dolphins, all sea turtle species and a growing list of fish have been documented with plastic in or around their bodies.
  • We can all do something about plastic pollution! It’s time to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rethink & Refuse!
  • Eco Bricks are a way to help deal with some of our plastic waste. Each 2 litre bottle can be filled with 500-600g of plastic,and the completed “bricks” used for building projects.
Boys sitting on Ecobrick stools
Enjoying the view on Eco Brick stools

We are making stools with our completed Eco Bricks. There is a stool in each cottage, to enable guests to see and try one out for themselves – they are surprisingly comfy! We will be adding more stools to the cottages as we fill more bricks, and will also donate stools to other projects or where needs arise.

All our guests can help us by:

  • Reducing the amount of plastic packaging you buy when shopping for your self-catering stay at Phillipskop.
  • Recycling all appropriate items in our recycle bins – please clean them first!
  • Joining our Eco Brick making project – we supply you with a bottle to fill, and a stick to squash everything down with; please can you help us by stuffing all of your clean, dry (flexible) plastic into the bottle to make an Eco Brick. A poster in the cottages shows you exactly what to do.  

Together, we can make a difference.

Games table and Eco-brick stools
Eco Brick stools at the games table

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