Here’s what you need to do to reduce your plastic waste

Every single minute, a million plastic bottles are purchased globally. By 2021, that figure is expected to increase by 20 percent.

It’s with this in mind that two eco-conscious UAE residents have developed a plan to repurpose plastic bottles for good, and are now calling on fellow citizens to help further their cause.

Concerned about the impact of plastic on the natural environment, expats Doua Benhida and Mariska Nell decided to use their accumulated single-use plastics to make eco-bricks.

Made from a 1.5 litre bottle filled with clean, non-recyclable single-use plastic, the eco-brick is a potential solution to the problem of plastic pollution as it stops plastic being sent to landfill or ending up in the ocean.

“One of our biggest pollutants is the plastic water bottle,” Doua explained. “I started my zero waste journey last year, and obviously part of this journey is about reducing your plastic consumption. I’ve reached a point where there are still some plastics in my life that I can’t avoid, so I began making an eco-brick.”

From turning trash into art to using the eco-bricks to build walls, the pair wants to inspire UAE residents to make their own bricks as part of the collaborative project, as well as raise awareness on what we, as individuals, can do to curb our plastic consumption.

“We can all do something about plastic waste, and we have a responsibility to do so,” Doua noted. “My biggest tip is to find the biggest plastic consumption in your house, and find the quickest swap you can do right now. This could be anything from shopping bags, using a reusable coffee cup or switching to loose tea.

“This is not just a thing in the UAE, this is happening all over the world,” Doua added. “We are part of the problem, but we can also be part of the solution.”

To get involved, visit: instagram.com/zwasteuae, ecobricks.org

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