The Life-Changing Eco-Brick

just stumbled upon an eco project that brought tears to my eyes…ok anyone who knows me knows I tear up easily, but this is truly inspirational. Hug It Forward ”is a grass-roots organization that facilitates education and awareness by empowering communities in Latin America to build “bottle schools”.

What are bottle schools, you ask? “Bottle schools are schools built using “eco-bricks”: plastic bottles stuffed with inorganic trash. Entire communities come together to make the dream of educational opportunity a reality, by building their own bottle school.”

Inorganic trash is stuffed into old plastic bottles making sure there aren’t any gaps of air.

The stuffed bottles serve as the walls for the schools. They will then be covered with cement to seal them in.

The results are amazing and transformational for the children and families of the 20+ villages they have been built in.

I urge you to visit their website (it’s very well designed and informative) , check out the amazing work their doing and see how you can help. They also have some great videos about how it works but this is the one that got me all teary…go ahead, watch it and tell me you’re not moved!


Alison Grieveson