At Upcycle Santa Fe, we upcycle plastics that would otherwise wind up in a landfill, fire, river, ocean, or in the belly of your most favorite animal. You can upcycle your plastics too, and we are here to help. We are advocates for the containment, compression and long term storage of plastics. By utilizing plastic as a building and insulation material, we can prevent the environmental harm done by these materials when they are released on the wild, as well as save the expense of store-bought materials.
Ecobricks are plastic bottles or milk cartons, densely stuffed full of plastics and other synthetic materials. All materials must be clean and dry to prevent any mold or bacterial growth. Ecobricks can be used in a variety of ways to insulate structures or displace the need for brick or concrete block.
Ubuntu-Blox are compressed bales of bagged plastics, that can be used as a substitute for thicker insulation materials or straw bales in structures. Ubuntu-Blox are made with wooden or metal compression machines which can be fabricated to custom sizes. As with Ecobricks, all materials in Ubuntu-Blox must be clean and dry.
We operate a plastic collection and upcycling program in Santa Fe, New Mexico. We provide 4-cubic-feet reusable bags to fill with clean and dry plastics of all sorts, and pick them up once a month. All collected plastics are made into Ubuntu-Blox for local building projects.
We are raising money to complete the necessary testing to build and insulate larger structures with compressed plastics in the USA. This testing includes an R-Value test to certify insulation quality, and a flame spread test to ensure that safety standards are met in the case of fire. Visit and donate to our GoFundMe page HERE.