Plastics sachets are single-use items that are not often collected or recycled in waste management programs. Rather, many sachets are discarded as rubbish and often find their way to the marine environment.Green Antz Builders, Inc., produces EcoBricks, which are being used by local governments, schools, and companies in construction projects.
Green Antz founder and CEO Rommel B. Benig started the company in 2013 with the idea of using sachets to make EcoBricks. With support from his former employer Nestle Philippines, Green Antz developed the EcoBricks as “aesthetically superior, stronger, and cost-effective” than regular hollow blocks, and at the same time, addressing a solid waste management problem.
Green Antz has partnered with local government units, schools, communities, and even cooperatives to collect sachets and other plastic laminates. In exchange for two and half kilos of plastic sachets, a person can receive one EcoBrick.
Almost 9,000 kilos of plastics were collected by the Culianin Elementary School in Plaridel and these wastes were turned into a clock tower, a pathway, and a school canteen made from EcobBicks.