A local farm could have its first eco-brick plant nursery by mid-November this year.
Manager at Tidal Roots Farm, Samantha Brown told BVI News the idea is to reduce the number of plastics that end up at local dumps.
She said the idea was borrowed from Guatemala, which currently boasts 38 schools created out of eco-bricks.
Effectively eco-bricks are bottles filled tightly with non-biodegradable plastic bags. Each brick is incorporated into a structure in an effort to turn trash into a resource.
According to Brown, she is hoping to get the entire British Virgin Islands to join in on her initiative.
“Since we have such a difficult time in recycling plastic, it is maybe a good solution. And if this works then other buildings could be made,” she said.
Let the sunlight in
Brown said there is another reason behind the undertaking. She said creating an eco-brick plant nursery will cause plants inside the nursery to get an increased amount of sunlight.
“The plastic bottles are going to take up the first four feet,” she said, adding that the remaining parts of the structure will be built with wire fencing and concrete to ensure a sturdy structure.
She is hoping to get at least 1,000 eco-bricks made with bottles smaller than a litre to get the nursery erected at the Belle Vue-based farm.
She has created 200 eco-bricks since starting the project one month ago.
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