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Construction of the world's largest EcoBrick building

Port Elizabeth, South Africa

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Construction of the world's largest EcoBrick building

Port Elizabeth, South Africa

We are building an EcoBrick school in Walmer Township in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. It will be the largest EcoBrick building in the world. Penguins Learn & Play Center is run by Blommie Nontshinga.

S. Kuhn from CAP - Community Action Programmes e.V. | 
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About this project

In South Africa, plain PET-bottles filled with plastic waste are being transformed into the world’s largest EcoBrick building!

EcoBricks are an alternative building material that can be used to build raised garden beds, water silos and even entire buildings. In South Africa, the EcoBricks help people to help themselves - by making sensible use of existing plastic waste on site and using it as a filling material for the construction of walls. 

How does that work? 

EcoBricks can be assembled into EcoBlocks, interlocked like Lego-bricks. The EcoBlocks then replace conventional building materials, are plastered with a finish and are indistinguishable from a "normal" wall. By using this technology plastic waste is removed from the immediate vicinity. In Port Elizabeth, South Africa, over 10 tons of plastic waste have already been collected in EcoBricks and are now to be used for urgently needed buildings.

Despite strict legislation, the non-profit organization EcoBrick Exchange has managed to register EcoBricks as a new building material in South Africa. And of course, not without a goal in mind:
The new Penguins Learn & Play Center will provide 100 children of Walmer Township in Port Elizabeth with a safe, weatherproof and clean environment to learn, develop and play. 

Be a part of this special kind of construction project and join us, the German project partner CAP e. V., to make more of plastic than just waste. 

The lengthy approval process has already been completed, all the necessary permits have been obtained. With your donation, you make the last step on our way possible: the ground-breaking for the Penguins Learn & Play Center in the Walmer Township, Port Elizabeth.

Updated at 18. March 2020