Eco Brix (Uganda)
We are very happy that 10% of Happy Pineapple’s pre-tax profit goes to Eco Brix.
Read on to find out why…
Eco Brix (formerly known as the Masaka Recycling Initiative until a name change in May 2019) is an amazing organisation that recycles plastic in Masaka, Uganada. Eco Brix’s approach makes them stand out. Their motto is “Building Zero Waste Communities”. To that end Eco Brix works hard to ensure that plastic waste is given a monetary value, encouraging people to no longer see it as trash but as money.
With Masaka having some of the highest youth unemployment rates in Uganda collecting plastic has turned into a profitable full time job where individuals can get something for nothing and then sell it for a profit.
The Eco Brix team believe that you can judge a community by how they treat their environment and their most vulnerable citizens. As a result they actively work alongside the disabled community for employment. So far 30% of the Eco Brix workforce are disabled people who would struggle to find employment outside of the Eco Brix program. Eco Brix are also pioneering work into creating long-lasting paving materials out of recycled plastic.
Eco Brix also focus on reducing plastic and creating a sustainable solution to the world’s waste issues. For this they target the next generation through setting up Eco Clubs at primary schools. Eco Clubs made up of 15 pupils then visit the Eco Brix recycling site for interactive lessons about how to reduce, reuse and recycle plastic.
Eco Brix are also pioneering work into creating long-lasting paving materials out of recycled plastic.
All of this is run with sustainability as a core value. Therefore all donations to Eco Brix are used to their maximum capacity and leave a long-term legacy.
Steve had the privilege of meeting several of the Eco Brix staff during a visit to Uganda. This was made possible as Andy, Steve’s brother, is part of the team.
Find out more about Eco Brix at https://www.ecobrixs.org/
Follow Eco Brix on Instagram – eco_brixs
Or on Facebook – @EcoBrixs
Eco Brix is a registered Community Development Group operating in Masaka District.
Reg. no. CD 2019/1290