Mass production of plastic began only a few decades ago and now we can’t think of a world without plastics. According to The World Economic Forum, plastic production has exploded over the last half-century, growing from 16.5 million tons in 1964 to 343 million tons in 2014; it is projected to double by 2036. Where does all this plastic go when we’re done with it? A million plastic bottles are bought around the world every minute and the number will jump another 20% by 2021, creating an environmental crisis some campaigners predict will be as serious as climate change. It is our responsibility to reduce our own carbon footprint from planet Earth.
Chennai, India is no stranger to this where we happened to conduct a workshop on reusing plastic water bottles at the Kotturpuram Tree Park. It is located in a prime urban area and the park was given birth by an organization called Nizhal who developed it from one a wasteland. Today the park is home to around 600 trees and many of them are indigenous to the location. The park is based on a public-private model where the local residents actively involved in volunteering for activities at the park. Nizhal foundation organizes many activities for growth and maintenance of the park, so it was perfect for ‘Upcycle It’ to conduct a workshop at the park since we like our workshops to be community driven. The workshop was conducted yesterday, December 3, 2017.
“We as a society need to consider whether it’s worth trading off some convenience for a clean, healthy environment” – Environmental Researcher
It was organized to build a shed made out of waste plastic water bottles in the park so that it creates awareness to all the visitors. We collected over 700 waste water bottles from a big hotel in Chennai who were glad to reuse their waste plastic water bottles. If wastewater bottles collected from one hotel could contribute to a shed, imagine the number of water bottles we could be collecting from a whole day in various restaurants and hotels in a city. By this way, we could eliminate plastic water bottles thrown away in public places and use for some other purpose.
The volunteers were given required materials to make parts of water bottle shed. There was a lot of enthusiasm among the volunteers who were mostly kids with their parents. Uma who conducted the workshop guided the volunteers to develop the shed made from water bottles.
Excited Uma dotc says
“Volunteers were enthusiastic about building something from waste and curious to find what can be done with it. This is exciting!!!”.
After the shed was completed, she showcased some of her upcycled products made out of waste from our everyday lives. It was a good interactive session where people came up with a lot of ideas. At the end, few of them came forward with the idea of setting up something similar in their homes.We are glad to have created awareness about plastic waste at Kotturpuram Tree Park and our aim is to spread this message and conduct similar workshops in the future. The park aims to grow some climber trees on top of the shed in the future. This is not the only solution and there are other ways to reduce waste too. We hope you start to think about your plastic waste here on.
NOTE: If you happen to live in the area where we conduct our future workshops. Also, if you like to organize a similar workshop in your community, do contact us. We would be more than glad to discuss more
Summer Camp Workshop – Childrens center at Sri Rama Chandra Mission, Madambakkam.
We are proud to say this is one of our big workshop conducted for more than 300 kids on plastic waste management. Mission organized it so well that i was requested to conduct a small workshop for volunteers and then we conducted to the kids. Every thing was arranged for kids before hand and they were very much excited to particiate in the hands on workshop conducted by Upcycle it.
This workshop was a part of three day summer camp where our plastic management workshop fall on day 2. We showed 2 videos to kids first video about how beautiful earth is and second video about how we have ruined it with garbage and how its affecting nature and animals. Kids were so touched by the video and with that impact we conducted a hands on workshop on plastic containers upcycled to a planter.
To make upcycling interesting for kids we mixed craft with it. All the plastic containers which we thow were wrapped with Jute and decorated it with Jute, You can see the pictures in our Gallery. We are so happy to conduct workshop and create awareness among kids and adult, if you would like us to conduct a workshop in your kindly let us know.
Happy Upcycling !!
Upcycle-It today showcased its products for the second time at a Flea Market which was organized by German International School, Palavakkam. It felt wonderful to be a part of the event where like minded fellow artisans can meet and share their creations and exhibit. Upcycle-It had its exhibit and it felt amazing to see the response from people and fellow artistes which included an Arts & Craft suppliers, Mother of two children selling handmade creations, a 4th std kid selling jewelries made by her, a photographer who was selling his fine digital prints and few more. Big thanks to the German International School was organizing such an event and inviting us.
Upcycle It exhibited products ranging from paper to plastics to bottles to handmade creations to e-wastes to let people know waste is wealth and they are not meant to end in Trash. Upcycle It always thrives to make a change in society by promoting upcycling as the solution to the waste produced by individuals. This Exhibition gave us an oppurtunity to showcase our upcycling products to the audience.
Upcycle It at Vidya Mandir – Fun Fest 2015 Mylapore
Upcycle It Showcased it’s Upcycled and Handmade Products at Vidya Mandir School Mylapore – Fun Fest Carnival. School had a crowd of almost 2000 Kids and it felt amazing to get responses from them for Upcycled and Handmade Products. Upcycle It showcased a range of eco friendly products from Home decors to jeweleries.
We thank Vidya Mandir school for giving us an opportunity to participate in the event.
There is a fast reach among the citizens of Chennai these days as more and more people are taking up green activities. We were recently in the METROZONE apartments for a workshop for kids on sustainability and was surprised to see many kids eagerly waiting to learn crafts and the best part was they were accompanied by parents who were enthusiastically helping their kids during the workshop.
Besides workshop we also conducted quiz’s and games for them to make the experience better. We loved the way kids were working and it was a wonderful experience for Upcycle it. The workshop included products like making box out of paper and plastic. The plastic with which they made the crafts were Mineral water bottles, now they will know how to make better use of them rather than simply throwing it to the trash.
We welcome people to invite us for workshop in your locality too.
UpCycle IT at the Flea Market
A very Unique Flea Market was organized by the GERMAN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL at Palavakkam today(14-9-2014). A flea market is a bazaar given to public to sell their good at a commonplace and this was organized at an International school for their students and parents, to see the talents around the city. Upcycle It was among the vendor at the market and showcased it upcycle products made from different types of waste.
As it was organized for small group of audience it contained almost 7 stalls which consisted of variety of products such as general craft items, clothes, paintings and old games and among the participants were also students from the organizers. It was a fun gala which happened for almost 4 long hours. As the event was organized by an international school most set of visitors were foreigners who were enthusiastically spend quality time in each stall and enquired about the products.
We showcased some of our products ranging from Jewelry to containers to Greeting cards to Upcycled Lamp shades and much more. Besides participating at the market, it was a time to meet fellow crafts person and know about what is happening at the city. It was a great experience for us in knowing about people taste and their interest in upcycled products and these kind of meetings will increase awareness among the people not to see waste as just waste but it can be redesigned and remolded to make stunning products.
Finally we like to thank the organizers of the event – German International school for giving Upcycle IT this wonderful opportunity. Looking forward for more such unique theme based flea markets.