The plastic-free movement is gaining traction in Cayman’s schools, where young people are leading the way in recycling and sustainability.
At Cayman International School, students are hoping would-be plastic pollution can be diverted from the landfill by up-cycling it into a building material known as eco-bricks.
CIS elementary art teacher Jessica Mittelman told Cayman 27 eco-bricks are a sustainable alternative to throwing away non-recyclables.
“We have a whole bunch that can’t be recycled, so instead of just putting that into the landfill, and hoping that in the best case scenario it stays in the landfill, or worst-case scenario ends up in nature or in the ocean, you can press it into a brick form, and then you build with these, the same as a normal brick,” said Ms. Mittelman.
Eco-bricks are sturdy. Ms. Mittelman said when one is stuffed full of plastic bags and other items, it can weigh around two pounds.
She told Cayman 27 she and her students are planning to use them to make furniture, and are working with others in East End and George Town who plan to use them in building projects.
Currently, the Department of Environmental Health only recycles type 1 & 2. (Learn more about the different types of plastic here)