By Nebart Mtika
In a bid to curb plastic pollution in Lilongwe, LWT launched an eco-brick challenge in June for schools, under this year`s World Environment Day theme of beat plastic pollution.
An eco-brick is a plastic bottle stuffed solid with non-biodegradable waste to create a reusable building block. Eco-bricks can be used to make modular furniture, garden spaces and even buildings such as schools and houses.
Eco-brick making presents a solution to all kinds of plastics that are already in circulation by putting them to proper use. Eco-bricks are very important because they reduce contaminants in both terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems that can lead to death of wildlife.
LWT posed the challenge to schools to make as many eco-bricks as possible as part of engaging youths in the fight against plastic pollution. So far, the challenge has gained massive support from Likuni girls, Christian heritage and Mvama primary schools with high expectation that it will escalate to more schools within the district.
All eco-bricks being made are collected to the Wildlife Centre for possible construction of different demonstration structures.