Chipping Norton’s Plastic Waste Eco-bricks Reused at Fairytale Farm
Published 5 Jul 2019 in Community
Eco-brick build unveiled to celebrate community mass co-operation effort as part of Co-op Fortnight (24 June to 7 July)
Chipping Norton school children and local members of The Midcounties Co-operative have together converted plastic waste into 1,000 eco-bricks in less than three months. The bricks have been given a second lease of life at Fairytale Farm which this week unveiled a newly-constructed home for some of its animal residents.
The community effort was organised by The Midcounties Co-operative as part of its 1Change campaign, an initiative designed to encourage people to make one small change to their everyday behaviour which adds up to make a positive difference to the environment.
From its Chipping Norton store, Midcounties’ asked local schools and shoppers to bring in used plastic bottles filled with plastic waste which was then packed to a set density to create reusable eco-bricks.
Launching the Eco-brick initiative during Co-op Fortnight with Great Rollright Primary School students & our Cotswold Regional Community Colleagues
Over the past three months, local schools have contributed the equivalent of almost 700 bricks, including 357 from Great Rollright Primary School, as part of the Society’s ‘Plastic is not Fantastic’ schools programme. Midcounties’ members and shoppers also contributed the equivalent of 250 bricks.
The eco-bricks were donated to popular local visitor attraction, Fairytale Farm, which mixes fairytales, animals and adventure play for children and families. As part of a competition in which the eco-bricks were used to create a brand new turkey shed and visitor benches.
The new installations at the farm were unveiled on 3rd July as part of Co-op Fortnight, in which all UK co-operatives are this year celebrating acts of mass co-operation – when co-operatives and communities come together to make a big difference to society.
Mike Pickering, Co-operative Social Responsibility Manager at The Midcounties Co-operative, said: “At the start of the year, 94% of our members told us that tackling single-use plastics was an important issue for them. This started the 1Change programme and our eco-bricks project.
“The reaction and involvement from our community in Chipping Norton has been phenomenal and captures the spirit of this year’s Co-op Fortnight celebration – that communities working together can make a positive difference with an act as small as collecting plastic bottles,” he added.
As well as this, representatives from The Midcounties Co-operative delivered eco-brick workshops at this year’s Chipping Norton Festival on the weekend. The workshops showed people how they could reuse plastic waste by creating eco-bricks.
As part of Co-op Fortnight, Midcounties’ is encouraging everyone to make a 1Change pledge that can make a difference to the environment or their local community. 1Change pledges can be made by clicking here.