Aay's Village © 2019 Org number 917642532

1. EDUCATING

We educate about the dangers of plastic waste, and inform them how to store their plastic in Ecobricks, which are plastic bottles filled with plastic waste.

2. COLLECTING

We collect Ecobricks at our Collection Point, which is the only plastic waste facility in the entire country that we know of.

3. GIVING PLASTIC A VALUE

Everyone who deposit their Ecobricks at our collection point will get money in return with the help from Empower and their Plastic Fund.

4. RECYCLING

The Ecobricks we collect, can be used as building bricks. In the future, we aim to shred, melt and repurpose plastic in other ways. 

GIVING PLASTIC A VALUE

IN THE JUNGLE OF LAOS

Our sustainability mission is to communicate the importance of preserving the Lao nature, and initiate sustainable projects which can reduce harmful ecological processes and clean up the jungle.

That is why we in 2018 initiated Clean the Jungle, a project where we give plastic a value by collecting plastic bottles filled with plastic waste, called Ecobricks. The project is based on the Norwegian bottle deposit scheme; people can deliver their Ecobricks to us, we give them money from Empowers’ plastic fund, and then we repurpose the plastic. 

WE ECOBRICK

An Ecobrick is a plastic bottle packed solid with non-biological waste to make a re-useable building block.  Best of all, you don’t need any fancy machines, special skills, engineers or even politicians to get started.

Around the world people are making and building all sorts of practical stuff ith ecobricks.  From indoor furniture, to gardens and parks, to structures– your imagination is the only limit!

We ecobrick.  Why? Well, because after lots of research we’ve found Ecobricks to be the deepest solution for our own plastic.  From raising ecological consciousness to sequestering C02 to transitioning from sustainable to regenerative, there’s a whole bunch of good reasons for Ecobricks.

WE HAVE TEAMED UP WITH EMPOWER

We have teamed up with Empower in Norway to give plastic a value, one bottle at the time. Empower is building a global plastic waste ecosystem based on the same philosophy as the Norwegian bottle deposit system.

We initiated a pilot project in November 2018, where we collected 51 029 plastic bottles filled with 10 tons of plastic waste in a community in the deep jungle of Laos. We paid the locals for each bottle they recycled at our facilities, giving plastic waste a value and fighting poverty whilst cleaning the jungle.

The pilot was hugely successful , and we are now ready to take our mission to clean the jungle one step further.