In Years 12 and 13 we are expected to do a CAS (which stands for creativity, activity and service) Project, as part of the IB Diploma. Our EcoBricks project is a collaborative project that involves service and creativity. EcoBricks is a concept that makes use of plastic’s destructive properties (eg. its durability, its resistance to the weather), and puts it into a more practical, durable and greener use. To make these EcoBricks, over the course of one year we hosted multiple beach cleanups, set up bins at school where we collected plastic waste, washed it and then compacted everything into Aqua bottles. At least 20-30 pieces of garbage can fit into a single bottle. We then decided to use these plastic bricks to build a small garden at school. So, on Saturday Sep 7th, six Year 13 students came to school to build and complete our CAS project.
Marine, Nour, Katya, Azel Maile and I all collaborated together to leave our mark at CCS. We mixed cement in layers and placed our lovely EcoBricks in between. It created a really awesome looking barrier around an Iris tree on the school grounds.
With our 64 EcoBricks, we managed to prevent approximately 16 Kg of plastic from contaminating our biosphere. On top of that, we also managed to fill up 6 gigantic trash bags full of non-recyclable plastics collected at our beach cleanups. This plastic was harder to pack into our EcoBricks, so we let EcoBali handle things instead.
We really hope that this project will be taken up by the younger years. We want to spread the word about the importance of looking after the future of the planet. Although very time consuming, this was an extremely rewarding and meditative experience, we feel a lot more ecologically conscious about what type of waste we’re leaving behind. We hope that by leaving this in our school, it will continue to inspire the younger students to get involved in the environmental movement too. It is our legacy that we are leaving on the school.
By Bailey Campbell & Maile Monteiro da Rocha