Reusing plastics in the classroom



Recent studies have shown that huge amounts of plastics are floating in the world’s oceans, causing harm to marine wildlife and eventually to us humans. It is very important that we take this issue seriously and to coordinate actions to promote a better use and disposal of this material.












In Venezuela there is an environmental crisis with regards to waste management. The government has done very little to solve this issue and a large part of the population is not even aware of the perils of plastics pollution. Most of Venezuela is trashed, from city streets, neighborhoods, shantytowns, countryside, our beautiful beaches; all of it is overflowing with trash…plastic trash. How can we ever solve this problem? As a teacher I believe that is through educating people, whether through formal education (schools) o through the media (TV and Radio) that the population can first learn about this form of pollution and then learn how by applying the 3R’s to plastics, everyone can do their part to protect our world.











I was invited to teach 12 workshops with teachers from 21 elementary schools in Margarita a beautiful island of the coast of Venezuela, surrounded by the Caribbean sea, with a population of approximately 600, 000 people. For me it seamed like a grand opportunity to spread this valuable information. Taking from both my background in education and the work I have been doing for the past 6 years experimenting with reusing plastics I designed the workshop “ Plastic a learning resource; Reusing plastics in the classroom”.













I would like to share in this post my thought and some of the amazing pictures from the work done by the teachers who attended this workshop. For the Venezuelan family these are very tough times, the Venezuelan bolivar plummets every day, it is very hard to access basic goods because of shortages. Prices escalate every week and the minimum wage, which a large part of the population lives on, is scarcely 20$ a month. Taking all these factors into consideration my proposal was to show teachers how they and the families of their students can have access to many materials from home, which can be reused not only saving money but eliminating the need to buy virgin materials which is better for the environment.












I wasn’t surprised when most of the teachers that participated expressed how little they knew about the effects of plastics in the environment. The first part of the workshop aimed to show the problem. It is important for these educators to know that trash is not simply an esthetic problem, that it’s not just ugly and nasty it’s a serious form of pollution. We can’t sit around waiting for the government or others to take charge; with our individual actions we can make a difference. Like Gandhi said be the change that you want to see in the world.



The workshop is designed for teachers to discover the endless possibilities of reusing plastics as a learning resource. This was done through a game I have called the treasure hunt. With all those single use plastics so common in the daily life of their students, plastics bags, food packaging, bottles, straws, caps, etc. the teachers experimented how to use them in engaging learning activities with their students. To get into the spirit of learning as a fun experience they were instructed to make instruments, a song and a dance to promote the 3Rs.





After lots of laughs and creativity the teachers move on to painting with plastics. Using candy wrappers, food packaging and plastics bags with the collage technique. All you need is white glue and a little patience; since plastics take more time to dry than paper in some cases a cold or a hot glue gun can also be used to speed the drying process. This is a marvelous way to decorate bulletin boards, make customs, party decorations, gifts, cards, etc. It is very common for teachers to ask parents at the beginning of the school year for a long list of materials, different types of paints and papers, and even foamy! We can reduce the financial burden of families by avoiding these new materials while promoting the values of reuse.







The next step was visualizing how these food packages could be utilized to promote the acquisition of literacy skills. In Venezuela, teachers are accustomed to using newspapers and magazine so children can cut and paste while learning the alphabet, making syllables, and constructing sentences, but these materials are expensive and in this digital age scarce. The teachers discovered that by collecting and reusing the packages that cover their students food and candy wrappers, they could have access to unlimited material, with the added bonus that these resources are very significant in their students lives, a necessary element for learning.




To learn numeracy at the early stages it is a prerequisite that students manipulate concrete objects. The teachers were asked to think up games or activities where their students could use plastics to learn or improve their math skills. Who could have thought that all those bottle caps, straws and miscellaneous plastics could help children acquire the notion of numbers, adding, subtracting among others?




After the teachers observed how to use plastics in their academic activities, they were shown various techniques for reusing plastics in crafts that can boost creativity as well as concentration, eye to eye coordination, among other learning skills. Making looms from Cds, bottles or straws is a great way to keep kids busy while relaxing them. Making puppets, sculptures and murals from plastics can also be great class project that can be connected with the love for nature and all its creatures.













During the workshop the teachers also learned about making Eco bricks with their students, during the duration of the workshop they packed away their plastics. Stuffing all the wrapping that come from their snacks into bottles is a great way to teach children how to be responsible for their waste, while installing the habit of disposing of it in a secure place. The little ones can help promote the making of eco bricks within their families. I am a promoter of the Vision Ecobricks Project, which is an amazing undertaking for the whole school community. The teacher were led in a visualization to create a vision for their community, thus learning the technique so they could later lead their students in the exercise of creating a vision for their school and surroundings.


The teachers were very happy to have participated and expressed their gratitude and amazement in this innovative way to reuse plastics; they also declared their commitment to sharing the information. On my part I believe this workshop can be very powerful for the purpose of spreading the message in my beloved Venezuela and hope that it can reach many more teachers, students and families.

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Reutilizando plásticos en el aula



El 8 de junio se celebró el Día Mundial de los Océanos, fecha que nos recuerda la importancia que tienen en nuestras vidas y en la del planeta. Para protegerlos son muchas las acciones que podemos realizar, desde el uso consciente de la energía eléctrica hasta no arrojar desperdicios plásticos en el ambiente.

Estudios recientes demuestran que grandes cantidades de plásticos se encuentran flotando en los océanos; y que no solo está afectando a muchas especies marinas sino también a los seres humanos. Es importante saber que los desperdicios plásticos no son solo un problema estético sino otra forma de contaminación ambiental, y debemos buscar nuevas maneras de utilizar y de desechar el plástico.


Nos hemos acostumbrado a vivir entre tantos desperdicios desconociendo el impacto ambiental que estos tienen. Es a través de la educación de la población que podremos cambiar nuestra manera de actuar. Los docentes facilitadores del aprendizaje, una vez sensibilizados en el tema, y con herramientas para reutilizar los plásticos desechables en su actividades académicas pueden generar cambios en sus comunidades mediante la elaboración de eco ladrillos.

El Taller “Plástico, un recurso para el aprendizaje” está dirigido a maestros y busca facilitar una experiencia de aprendizaje para el docente, en el que éste pueda conocer el porqué y el cómo aplicar las 3R (reducir, reciclar y reutilizar) a los plásticos.

Este post es un resumen de la experiencia de 12 talleres que entre abril y mayo realizaron docentes de 21 planteles de educación primaria del municipio Maneiro del estado Nueva Esparta, Venezuela.

A través del juego “La búsqueda del tesoro” las docentes experimentaron con los plásticos y crearon instrumentos musicales, canciones ecológicas y bailes.






Las participantes probaron pintar con los coloridos plásticos. Se puede sustituir el consumo de materiales como las pinturas, el papel, el foamy, las cintas por los plásticos tradicionalmente utilizados para pintar, decorar espacios, vestir cartelaras, hacer disfraces etc.





Las docentes descubrieron cómo utilizar los empaques de alimentos para recortar, pegar, reconocer las letras, construir sílabas, oraciones, etc. Tradicionalmente los docentes se valen de uso del periódico, de revistas y de cartillas para generar en sus alumnos un aprendizaje significativo en la lecto escritura. Estos materiales no solo son costosos sino que en un mundo cada vez más digital también son más escasos. En cambio los empaques de alimentos son abundantes, disponibles y ¿que más significativo para los niños que los empaques de sus chucherías?  El reutilizar estos plásticos ayuda a consumir menos recursos vírgenes, lo cual es mejor para el ambiente y su vez ayuda a la economía de las familias y docentes




De igual manera se puede aprovechar la gran variedad de objetos plásticos que tenemos a la mano para afianzar la adquisición de los conceptos lógico-matemáticos.  Durante la primera etapa del desarrollo es importante que el niño manipule objetos concretos, y las participantes del Taller propusieron algunos ejemplos.







Las docentes conocieron las técnicas de conversión de bolsas y empaques en hilos, y la elaboración de telares fáciles de manipular por los alumnos con botellas, pitillos y cd. Estos telares no solo son objetos decorativos: el acto de tejer relaja y ayuda a desarrollar tanto la parte viso-motora como la concentración.







La gran creatividad se evidenció con las muestras que decidieron llevarse a sus instituciones, desde cestas, pulseras y esculturas hasta este magnífico reloj para que sus alumnos aprendan a leer la hora.





Promover la elaboración de eco ladrillos es parte fundamental del Taller, pues promueve el acto de hacerse responsable por los desechos, y crea el hábito de depositarlo en un lugar seguro, y una de las actividades fue rellenar botellas plásticas con los desperdicios que iba generando cada participante en las distintas actividades.

La técnica de eco ladrillos era prácticamente desconocida entre los participantes, quienes manifestaron su disposición a utilizarla con sus alumnos. Realizamos una visualización sobre el entorno que deseamos, para luego repetir esta dinámica con los alumnos, y crear así una visión conjunta de una comunidad hermosa.

La visión es una práctica poderosa para materializar los cambios que se quieren lograr. Por ejemplo, antes de viajar a Margarita a dictar estos talleres cree mi visión dentro de la cual estuvieron zonas protegidas para las especies de tortugas que llegan a desovar en las playas. Sorprendentemente, al llegar a playa Parguito encuentro un gran número de nidos protegidos.









Para concluir quiero expresar mi inmensa gratitud hacia todas las personas que participaron, y en especial a todo el equipo de la Cooperativa Socio Proyectos Ambientales por su dedicación en construir una Venezuela mejor a través de su proyecto “Reduce tu huella ecológica”.

Sé el cambio que quieres ver en el mundo” Mahatma Ghandi  

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Taller plástico un recurso para el aprendizaje en la Isla de Margarita



He sido invitada a participar en el proyecto Reduce tu huella ecológica  de la Cooperativa Socio Proyectos Ambientales, que opera desde la hermosa isla de Margarita, en Venezuela. El proyecto promueve el reciclaje de vidrio, mediante un servicio de recolección diferenciada que actualmente abarca 54 comercios y 47 puntos comunitarios. Este proyecto cuenta a su vez con un plan de aprendizaje para estudiantes de educación básica, que se desarrolla a través de la obra de títeres “El Tesoro de D´Autant”; también promueve acciones de formación y divulgación a la comunidad de estrategias para la aplicación de las 3R.





















Como parte de este proyecto dictaré el Taller “Plásticos: un recurso para el aprendizaje”, que será impartido con docentes de 21 escuelas (en su mayoría públicas) de educación primaria del municipio Maneiro del estado Nueva Esparta.

Serán 12 talleres en total, y el objetivo es que los docentes conozcan la problemática ambiental causada por el descarte inapropiado de los plásticos en el ambiente y brindarle herramientas prácticas tanto para enseñar el tema, como para poder aplicar las 3R con los plásticos en las aulas, escuelas, hogares.

La educación desde las escuelas influye, como bien sabemos, no solo en los niños y niñas sino también en sus familias. Este efecto multiplicador comunitario ambientalista es justamente lo que necesitamos para asumir los grandes retos que exige nuestra época. Los océanos del mundo están en problemas. Muchas veces son tratados como los vertederos mundiales, y luego de 60 años produciendo un material que no se biodegrada, la acumulación de éstos en los océanos no solo afecta a miles de especies marinas, sino a nosotros mismos. Todas las acciones que podamos realizar de ahora en adelante para reducir, reutilizar y reciclar los plásticos son necesarias para garantizar nuestro futuro como especie en este planeta.

Me da mucha alegría que estos talleres se puedan realizar en esta hermosa isla del Caribe, una isla en la que he vivido y visitado toda mi vida, y a la cual amo profundamente. Habitada por miles de personas que se alimentan de lo que les da el mar. Todos dependemos de él así como muchas otras especies dependen de él. Hay mucho que proteger en la isla, como por ejemplo las 4 especies de tortugas en peligro de extinción que vienen a desovar sus playas.




















El Taller es una oportunidad para que los docentes disfruten, jueguen y experimenten con bolsas, botellas, tapas, pitillos, etc. Conocer cómo pueden utilizarse para crear oportunidades de aprendizajes activo, creativo, que promuevan valores, como la protección y el amor por la naturaleza, la cooperación, la responsabilidad, entre otros.

Cuando reutilizamos plásticos sustituimos la compra de materiales nuevos, lo cual ayuda no solo al bolsillo sino al planeta. Podemos utilizarlos como si fuera papel, para pintar, hacer carteleras, pancartas, disfraces, regalos, etc. Además, el plástico es muy útil para crear juegos didácticos para enseñar conceptos matemáticos y de lecto escritura. Los docentes podrán conocer y experimentar con técnicas sencillas para reutilizar este material como son elaboración de hilos de plásticos, el plásticos para hacer collage y el ensartado para hacer esculturas, títeres etc. Se irán del Taller con objetos hechos por ellos, que servirán de muestra e inspiración para que sigan experimentado con los plásticos. Habrá espacios para conversar y reflexionar sobre la utilidad y el valor de aplicar este tema y estas herramientas en sus actividades académica.

Guia_Vision_ EcoLadrillo


Otro objetivo del Taller es compartir el Proyecto Visión Eco ladrillo, para que los docentes conozcan el valor de promover la elaboración de eco ladrillos con sus alumnos. Se mostrará la técnica correcta para elaborarlos. Cada escuela participante recibirá la guía para que puedan desarrollar el proyecto en sus espacios. Los docentes conocerán lo fácil que es que sus alumnos elaboran eco ladrillos para promover el hábito de separar los plásticos y de guardarlos en lugares compactados y seguros. Este proyecto promueve, además, la visualización para la creación de una visión conjunta. Que los alumnos tengan una visión de cómo les gustaría que fuera su escuela y su comunidad. Los docentes experimentarán una visualización guiada y crearán su visión durante el Taller. Una vez creada la visión trabajamos en función de hacerla realidad.

Para concluir quiero compartir con ustedes mi visión para Margarita. Ya está escrita en un eco ladrillo:

Playas, plazas, parques, calles, todo muy limpio y hermoso. Arte por todas partes. Envases para separar los desechos, carteles educando a los turistas, que son muchos. Abundancia de frutos, de alimentos, de palmeras, de flores y delfines. Niños jugando, familias alegres y tortugas poniendo sus huevos en áreas protegidas.

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Workshop “ Plastics as a Learning Resource” in Margarita Island
















I have been invited to participate in the Project “Reduce your ecological footprint” that takes places in the beautiful island of Margarita in Venezuela. This community project is an initiative of the NGO Cooperativa Socio Proyectos Ambientales. They have for the past two years developed a very successful glass recycling project on the island. They now collect and recycle glass from more the 54 businesses and 47 community points. The project also includes a plan to educate the community on how to separate their waste from the source of origin and how to apply the 3R. They promote the importance of the 3R message by taking the amazing puppet show “”El Tesoro de D´Autant”, to all the primary schools of the Maneiro district. They have invited me to facilitate the Workshop Plastic a resource for learning. I will be working with the teachers of these 21 schools, where the children have already been exposed to the importance of taking care of their island through the puppet show.








The objective of the workshop “ Plastics a Learning Resource” is that the teachers understand the environmental impact of plastics in the environment and that they acquired practical tools to reuse this material in their classrooms, schools, home, and their community.

We know that working with children from school can influence not only the kids but their families. It is precisely this community environmental multiplying effect that is needed to face the big environmental challenges of out time. The Oceans are in danger because we have used them as dumpsites for so many years. After 60 years of producing a material that does not biodegrade the amount of plastics that are accumulating in the oceans is not only affecting thousands of marine wildlife but is also affecting us. All the actions we can take from now on to reduce, reuse and recycle plastics are necessary to guarantee our survival as a species on this planet.

I am thrilled to work in this island, where I have lived and have visited many times during my life. Surrounded by the Caribbean Sea, thousands of people depend on this sea for their food. We are not the only one’s that depend on the health of this sea; other species also make it their home. There is so much to protect here, like the 4 species of endangered turtles that use this cost as their nesting grounds.


The workshop is an opportunity for the teachers to enjoy, play and experiment with the material; single use plastics like bags, bottles, caps, straws, etc. Plastics can be a wonderful resource for teachers to create and active and creative learning opportunity that promotes important values like love and protection for nature, responsibility and cooperation among others. Reusing plastics is a great way to reduce the cost of buying new materials, which is good not only for the Venezuelan family but for the planet. We can use food packages as a substitute for paper to paint, to decorate bulletin boards, to make signs, costumes and gifts. It’s a great material to make games to teach mathematical concepts and to teach kids to read and write. Besides learning simple technique to reuse like making plastic yarn, collage with plastics and threading plastics to makes sculptures, the idea is to open a space for teachers to share their own reuse experience and to reflect about the benefits of using this material in their academic activities.

Guia_Vision_ EcoLadrillo


















I am also using this grand opportunity to spread the project Vision Ecobricks. Teachers can promote the use of making ecobricks with the children, which creates the habit of separating plastics and stuffing them into bottles. Later with these bricks, the children can build green spaces in their community. This is a much larger project, for now we will be just introducing the making of ecobricks, but each school will have a complete guide if they want to take the project for all that it’s capable of. An important part of this project is to work from a shared vision, of a healthy and happy community. I will be guiding the teachers in a visualization to create their vision and so that they are capable of guiding their students in the creation of their visions. Once we have the vision we can all work together towards the common goal.

To finish I will like to share my vision for this island:

“ Beaches, parks, streets everything very clean and beautiful. Containers for people to separate and dispose of their waste correctly. Signs educating the tourist and the community. Abundance of fruits, food, palm trees, flowers, and dolphins. Children playing, happy families and turtles laying their eggs in protected areas!”

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Ecopazifico…My experience


For 3 weeks I lived with the Ecopazifico team in the pacific coast of Colombia in the town of La Barra. This initiative was born in the heart of Rommy Schriber a committed and inspiring leader who was born and raised in Colombia and has lived for the past 7 years in Berlin. Recently after working for many years as an acroyoga teacher, a series of coincidences, including a contact with the Sea Shepherd organization in Australia, brought her the revelation that her mission wast to create Ecopazifico. She felt she had to protect the whales and all the beautiful people and sea life of the magical region of her country Colombia, where annually these soft giants of the sea migrate to have their babies. She knew well this region of Colombia where she often went on vacations with her family as a child.













La Barra, Juanchaco and Ladrilleros are only accessible by a 1-hour boats ride from Buenaventura, the biggest Colombian seaport in the Pacific Ocean. This region is mainly inhabited by African decedents and indigenous cultures. There is no formal recollection of waste by the government resulting in the terrible habit of burning all their plastics. The problem is not only how they dispose of their waste but that huge amounts of plastics that is brought in by the tides.











I was appalled by the amounts of bottles, tops, flip-flops, toothbrushes, combs and the millions of plastic bits. It not hard to imagine the plastic soup the oceans of this world have become, I saw it on these beaches, as the confetti of colorful plastics arrive every day with the tides, piled up on the shore and in the caves of this paradise.

































The idea behind Ecopazifico is to create an environmental educational project for these communities. People from all over the world are invited to come to Colombia to share their knowledge and creativity. The work is mainly with the kids, the future guardians of the land. Their happiness, enthusiasm and openness was overwhelming!












The work in Ecopazifico is voluntary. I had the pleasure to be surrounded with a group of people who share the same passion. Talented creative individuals like the amazing Talya Weinberg a humanitarian clown, who brought magic, humor and love to these children with her play Personal Magic ( visit her website). The children and I were delighted with this beautiful story!































It was also amazing to collaborate with the super creative Marie Lala Espe from Berlin (visit her website) who patiently picked up Mapare (material to revive), cleaned, sorted and came up with beautiful signs to put up in the town.



















Danilo Ruiz and Eike-Kristina Barth are staring a program to teach Permaculture to the community.










Rashida Rigotnot only maintained our compounds impeccable and cooked marvelously but has put her knowledge of working with children to good use during the many activities Ecopazifico shared with the kids of La Barra.










During the first meeting with the town’s ecological group and children we introduced them to Ecobricks and the children were delighted, becoming fervent ecobrickers! Ecobricks were to become their ticket to participate in all the following activities. The response was amazing!



























Some of the activities we did with children during my stay where:

MAPARE treasure hunts ( cleaning the beach and playing at the same time)























We made music and did the Mapare danced which the kids loved!




















We made puppets, boats and other creative creatures and things





































From now till December various other artists will attend Ecopazifico, and there are talks of building an Earthship, a multi cultural cummunity centre in January in this beautiful land:


There are many obstacles to surmount including apathy from the older generations, divisions in the different culture that coexist and finding lasting sustainable solutions to the problem of disposing of waste in this region, but working with the next generation is crucial to start the much needed change, they will be the guardians of this land and of the sea life.





For me this is just the beginning with Ecopazifico, I fell in love with the people, the amazing beauty of the landscape, with Rommy and all the friend that shared this adventure with me and supported my journey. People like Villas (Juan Pablo), Rodrigo, Sylvia Rivera, Ivan Kertznus and Patricia Mercado who made my stay in Colombia unforgettable…Thank you!!!!! I will be back!

My wish is that this project “echoes” and brings “paz” peace to this world. Together with can make Ecopazifico a marvellous social creative experiment that can be replicated all around the world.











If you would like to participate in Ecopazifico visit the website and find out what are the requirement to participate as a volunteer! You can also support the project with your donations and by sharing this post with your social media contacts!


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Ecopazifico ¡aquí voy!


He sido invitada a participar en un colectivo interdisciplinario de personas de todas partes del mundo que se reunirán en el sureste del la costa del Pacífico de Colombia para co-crear con las comunidades de esta región un proyecto de educación ambiental basado en el arte y la creatividad.

El proyecto se llevará a cabo en los remotos pueblos de pescadores Juanchaco, ladrilleros y la barra en el Parque Nacional bahía de Málaga, lugar donde las ballenas viajan desde septiembre hasta diciembre desde las frías aguas de la Patagonia para criar a sus bebés. Tristemente, al igual que grandes extensiones de nuestro planeta, la cantidad de plásticos en esta región es una seria amenaza contra el ecosistema y para estos visitantes tan especiales.

Mi contribución en Ecopazifico es compartir con la comunidad diversas técnicas para reutilizar plásticos creativamente a través del arte y la elaboración de artesanía. También tengo la intención de promover el proyecto Visión Ecoladrillos para que niños, maestros y padres puedan construir espacios verdes en esta comunidad. Hoy comienza la aventura y permaneceré un mes en este grandioso experimento social-creativo.

Para conocer más sobre este proyecto visita Y si quieres apoyar esta iniciativa puedes hacerlo compartiendo el siguiente link, o hacer una donación:

Espero regresar a Venezuela con muchas historias, nuevos amigos y con una mayor experiencia en el trabajo de proyecto comunitarios ¡Deséenme suerte!

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EcoPazifico here I come












I have been invited to participate in Ecopazifico! An interdisciplinary collective of people from all over the world who will come together in the Southwest of the Colombian Pacific coast to co-create with the community of this region an environmental education project based on art and creativity. 

The project takes place in the remote fishermen towns of Juanchacho, Ladrilleros and La Barra in Malaga Bay National park, where whales travel from September to December from the cold waters of Patagonia to raise their baby whale. Unfortunately like a big part of our planet the amounts of plastics is this region is a serious threat to the ecosystem and to these very special visitors.

My contribution in ecopazifico will be sharing with the community diverse techniques to reuse plastics creatively through art and the making of handicrafts. I also intend to promote the Vision Eco Bricks project where children, teachers and parents come together to make eco bricks to build green spaces in their community. I will be leaving soon and will spend a month in this grandiose social experiment!

To learn more about the project visit  and if you want to support this  initiative you can share the link in your social media networks and make a donation by clicking on this link:

Hope to come back with some amazing stories, many new friends and having gained invaluable experience working in communities. Wish me luck!!!

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Vision Eco Bricks

Close your eyes and imagine the place where you live and the surroundings. Imagine that everything looks very clean. You can see no litter on the streets, parks, river or beaches. You observe instead beautiful green spaces, playgrounds and herb gardens. Families are also there enjoying themselves. Hold that vision and experience the feelings it brings you. Open your eyes. Now write your vision on your eco brick.




There are villages in the northern Philippines who have done this visioning. There is no more dumping, burning or littering of plastics in the Mt. province region, where 270 schools started with the Visioning Eco Bricks project two years ago. After packing thousands of bricks they have made green space with the collaboration of students, families, teachers, principals and community leaders. The project has been acknowledged by the education authorities of the Philippines and will soon be spreading nation wide.



Balili Elementary School recently completed building a pilot park, approximately 900 eco bricks where used. The students and teachers did 80% of the work (packing and construction). Parents, community leaders and shop owners did the rest. Ecobrick designer, Russell Maier, led the construction and lay out. The park is now being planted with fruit trees, vegetables and herbs– to serve as play, rest and food resource for the school. It also serves as a model to showcase the simplest, lowest-cost, Eco Brick construction methods for other schools.

 The Visioning Eco Brick Guide was developed over two years of extensive research and application with dozens, then hundreds of schools in the Northern Philippines. It can be downloaded for free from the website. It is an invaluable tool for any community or schools that would like to start making and building with Eco Bricks. The guide presents the urgent environmental problem of Plastic pollution and the power of eco bricks to raise consciousness and to get people to take action. It is packed with information for teachers to incorporate this marvelous project into their curriculum, while also laying out all the essentials, pitfalls, and techniques of constructing with these blocks. Eco bricks allow inexpensive collaborations with students, parents and staff to almost zero-cost.

I am a true believer that making eco bricks is an excellent way we to segregate plastics into a container that will keep them from littering and contaminating the environment. These time capsules that can last up to 500 years (when covered from the sun) can be indefinitely reused. I also love that this project applies the power of visualization to manifest a safe, clean, beautiful world. With our imaginations and our bricks we can build our visions!

Eager to put the project into motion in Venezuela, I contacted Russell Maier and volunteered to translate the guide to Spanish. After 4 months of work I am happy to announce the release of the Spanish guide! From now on I will be working hard to materialize my vision which is written on the eco bricks I make:

“ Sustainable communities emerging, building green spaces, growing food and connecting, all through Venezuela, Latin America and the World!”

To download the guide in Spanish click on the image below:

Guia_Vision_ EcoLadrillo

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Visión Ecoladrillos

Cierra los ojos. Imagínate el lugar donde vives y los alrededores. Todo se ve muy limpio, no ves basura tirada en las calles. Tampoco en los parques, los ríos o las playas. Miras a tu alrededor y ves jardines llenos de flores. Observas huertos comunitarios con hierbas comestibles y medicinales. Ves a familias compartiendo y disfrutando en esos espacios verdes. Mantén esta visión durante unos instantes, sintiendo las emociones que se generan en ti. Ahora abre los ojos y escribe tu visión en tu Ecoladrillo.

Russell Maier


En el norte de Filipinas hay comunidades que han realizado esta visualización. Prácticamente ya no se ve basura quemada ni regada por las calles. La cantidad de desechos que llegan a los vertederos se ha reducido drásticamente en Mt. Province, donde se comenzó el proyecto de Visión Eco Ladrillos hace 2 años en 270 escuelas. Luego de rellenar miles de eco ladrillos con sus plásticos han creado, con la colaboración de estudiantes, familias, personal de las escuelas y líderes comunitarios, hermosos espacios verdes para su comunidad. El proyecto ha recibido el reconocimiento de las autoridades educativas del país y pronto se ejecutará a escala nacional.

Recientemente la escuela de Balili terminó de construir un parque modelo donde se utilizaron aproximadamente 900 ladrillos. El diseñador y cerebro detrás del proyecto Visión Eco Ladrillo, Rusell Maeir, lideró la construcción y el diseño de esta iniciativa. El parque ahora tiene siembra de árboles frutales, vegetales y hierbas, así como áreas recreativas y de descanso. Además, es fuente de alimentos para la escuela y su comunidad. Este método de construcción simple y de muy bajo costo también sirve de modelo para otras escuelas.



La guía Visión EcoLadrillos fue desarrollada luego de dos años de investigación extensiva en decenas y luego cientos de escuelas que participaron; y puede ser descargada gratuitamente de Es una herramienta invaluable para cualquier comunidad o escuela que quiera comenzar a construir con ecoladrillos. Muestra claramente la urgencia del problema ambiental causado por la contaminación de plásticos y el poder que tienen estos ladrillos de crear conciencia para que las personas tomen acciones inmediatas. Además, ofrece información para que los docentes integren este maravilloso proyecto al currículo escolar; y a su vez explica lo esencial de la técnica de construcción con estos materiales.

Yo estoy convencida que hacer ecoladrillos es una excelente manera de separar los plásticos y de mantenerlos en un lugar seguro, que no solo reduce la contaminación visual de nuestro ambiente sino que protege a la tierra, las aguas y el aire, así como a miles de especies, de este mal. Los ecoladrillos son cápsulas de tiempo que pueden durar hasta 500 años si no les pega la luz solar y que pudiesen ser reutilizados muchas veces. Otro aspecto que me fascina de este proyecto es que utiliza el poder de la mente para visualizar y luego manifestar un mundo seguro, limpio y hermoso para todos. Con nuestra imaginación y nuestros ladrillos podemos construir nuestra visión.

Tan convencida estoy del valor de este proyecto, y con ánimo de ponerlo en práctica en Venezuela, que contacté a Russell Maier y traduje la guía al español. Ahora soy colaboradora de este gran equipo de y mi intención es difundir este valioso proyecto y materializar mi visión, la cual está escrita en los eco ladrillos que estoy rellenando:

Niños y familias en Venezuela, Latinoamérica y el mundo conscientes, tomando acciones para proteger su ambiente, construyendo con sus residuos espacios verdes para descansar, producir comida y recrearse”.

Para descargar la Guía Visión EcoLadrillo hacer click en la imagen:

Guia_Vision_ EcoLadrillo

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Taller Reciclarte en Caracas



Estoy súper contenta de anunciar que estaré dictando unos clases de reciclaje creativo con plásticos, en la Casa de la Cultura Oswaldo Pérez Perazzo, en Caracas. Está ubicada en la calle Sucre en el casco de Baruta y el teléfono para mayor información es el 212 944 4011. Parte de mi felicidad se debe a que justamente es en este lugar donde me inicié en este camino de la reutilización creativa de plásticos . Hace 5 años decidí aprender a utilizar mis manos para crear con bolsas plásticas. Me inscribí en los talleres de tejido en telar, costura y bordado en cinta. Aprendí muchísimo, los talleres son extremadamente económicos y la calidad de los profesores es excelente. Otra buena noticia es que no tienes que ser residente del municipio Baruta para participar. Aquí el cronograma para los próximos cursos:




¿Te animas a pasar los viernes en la mañana aprendiendo distintas técnicas para reutilizar bolsas, botellas, pitillos, empaques de alimentos y un sin fin de plásticos?  Anímate, participa y si puedes comparte la información con tus amigos y allegados que creas puedan estar interesados también. Las inscripciones ya están abiertas, el curso tiene una duración de 3 meses. Espero que sea una experiencia innovadora, nutritiva y magnifica para todos lo que me acompañen. A continuación una muestra de los objetos que se pueden hacer con las técnicas que aprenderemos en el taller de reciclarte:

Tejido con agujas y  bolsas plásticas.















Tejido con bolas plásticas y pitillos










Tejido con cd’s y bolsas plasticas





Flores con empaques de alimentos, botellas plásticas, pitillos y mucha creatividad





















Cuadros, carteras y mucho más con plástico fundido









Accesorios con plásticos
















Animales y Esculturas











¡Ojalá que estas imágenes te inspiren a inscribirte!

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