Plastic Water Bottle Shed at Kotturpuram Tree Park
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