Ellie Birkhead has developed a process of brick making that uses local waste products from her home town, Chiltern Hills in the UK. According to Ellie Birkhead, there is only one family-run brick maker left operating in Chiltern (an area that is historically known for brick-making). Due to globalization, unfortunately it is now more common place to import bricks due to cost.
The six brick types Birkhead developed use waste such as clay mixed with hair from the hairdresser, horse manure from a stable, glass bottles from a pub, wool and straw ash from a farm, and used grain from a brewery – all from Chiltern Hills. “The project represents a methodology and way to re-think local manufacturing that can be applied in any location”.