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World's First Ecobrick Tree Installed in Cape Town

The world's first ebaobab tree is made from 800 eco-bricks has been built in Cape Town and will supply a local school with electricity through solar panels.

Ignacio Alonso Melero, Facebook

eBaobab Hout Bay


In just three months, 200 kilograms of plastic was collected from the beaches and streets of Cape Town in order to build the world's first ebaobab tree in Hout Bay, Cape Town. 

The mastermind behind the creation of the sustainabilty-driven tree, Meraki Bay, is a non-profit organisation from Valencia, Spain founded in September 2018 by Ignacio Alonso and Carlos Andrés with the support of GROWPRO EXPERIENCE company

Meraki Bay was born out of the need to meet the existing inequality in Cape Town through the use of green-solutions to provide aid to the community of Hangberg in Hout Bay.

Both the founders, Ignacio Alonso and Carlos Andrés met Fidel and Peter from the Harvest Youth Centre while on a trip to Cape Town and got a first hand view of the organisation, which prompted their wanting to improve the conditions for the community. 

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The Harvest Youth Centre is based in Hangberg and aims to provide shelter to street children and encourage upliftment through sports and music. In many cases, these children are subject to drug abuse and violence within their community. 

'We intend to generate a change and we will do everything on our part to acheive it,' says Meraki Bay in an official statement. 

As part of their initiative, Meraki Bay has built a seven metre high and three metre wide ebaobab tree made out of 800 ecobricks.

The team at Meraki Bay worked together to collect 200 kilograms of plastic found on the streets and beaches of Cape Town in order to build the eco-themed tree. Collection of the materials used took an estimated three months. 

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Cofounder of Meraki Bay, Ignacio Alonso explains the materials used to create the ecobricks. 

'Thanks to our leader in sustainability, Marco, Our Houties, and the rest of the coaches, we were able to collect enough plastic through street swopshops and Hout Bay beach to create 2000 ecobricks (two-litre plastic bottles filled with plastic removed from the planet),' he said. 

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The structure took a reported seven days to construct. 

Not only is the tree made out of 100% recyclable items but will provide electrcity to Hangberg Primary School. The eboabab has been fitted with solar panels on the top of structure to generate a green source and free power for the nearby school. 

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