SA 2014 Part 2: The 3rd Annual Trash to Treasure Festival


Herein is the second round of photos from my journey to South Africa two weeks ago for the 3rd Annual Trash to Treasure Festival.

The price of admission to the Festival was one eco-brick – a plastic bottle stuffed full of waste plastics – which could then be placed into a wall of the outdoor classroom that is being built at the Greyton Green Park.

It was a huge milestone for us to see this vision realized at the Festival this year; people gathering and containing  the plastic waste of their community and dumping site and utilizing it immediately as a building material.

– Jo Stodgel 4/30/14

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First Eco Bricks Laid for the Green Park Rondavel


Check out, support and share my Crowdfunding Campaign in its FINAL 2 HOURS!

Thank you so greatly to everyone who has supported this mission of mine to pursue this fellowship with The DO School and become a better educator, entrepreneur, artist, ecological designer, musician, and holistic scientist. I have been celebrating my 6 1/2th birthday here in Brooklyn for the last two days and today I was filled with such an excitement for the gift of being alive and having so much to share with my community. I am so stoked to be here in the face of so much opportunity with you all, and with my new-found fellows from all over the world – 18 young change-makers from 16 different countries and chosen from more than 1000 people who applied.

The work that I started in South Africa has taken on a mind and life of it’s own, what…

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Eco Brick Instructions and T-shirt Designs in the Works


Eco Brick Instructions 2014 sThis is one of the drawings that I have made for the new eco-brick instructions that I am developing for all sorts of applications from business cards and stickers to social media and blogging. Below is the tentative t-shirt design which is available as one of the perks on my ongoing Crowdfunding Campaign to raise money for the Sustainable Cup Challenge DO School Fellowship in NYC. I intend to develop at least a couple more designs and give people the option to pick from a few.

new eco brick instruction shirts 2 bw sIf you would like to learn more about eco-bricks then check out the good work of Pura Vida Atitlan, Hug It Forward, and and read further below an excerpt from my Schumacher College MSc dissertation. Here is a bit of writing that I published about a year ago: “Behold, the humble eco-brick – a plastic bottle stuffed with all things…

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