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 !!
Plastic water bottle waste can be of many uses from containers to decors to accessories. Here is a jewellery made out of them ..
Plastics has become the most commonly used material in many packaging industries. Its widely used because of its light weight and cost factor. Plastics have become a part of our life and the more we make – the more we use it and the more we discard too. Manufacturers still refuse to avoid plastics and as an end user we buy them without the awareness that they are non-degradable and they harm the environment, oceans and much more.
As an end user we can still be a part of this Green Revolution by upcycling them or reusing them. One way to avoid plastic messing around the environment is by segregating them at our homes and hand it over to the recycling service providers or we can make pretty useful stuffs out of them. Here is a mobile pouch i made with them. Creativity and ideas are limitless and i am sure you all can come up with more interesting ideas with them. Do share your ideas with us by mailing your upcycled product with milk cover to email@example.com or share it with us in Facebook
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.
We buy a lot of Mineral Bottles and wonder what to do with them. This is one idea how they can be reused and used as Lamp Shades indoor and Outdoor.