We hope you all enjoyed seeing our machines at work at EcoBeasts CAD day, we really enjoyed meeting you all. As you know we collect plastic waste across the city and turn it into new products, making waste use-able again, this not only helps to clean up our city but also helps develop a circular economy.
We have made a great start but now need your help!
We need to collect lots of plastic waste, at the moment we are using bottle tops and need as many as we can get. We have made some posters for you to display at school. As EcoBeasts, think about how you can best collect these tops at your school? How can you make sure everyone know about it? Can you collect from family and friends as well? Can you use this collection to raise awareness about the plastic problem?
NOTE: Please be careful not to encourage more people to use more plastic bottles in order to collect lids, reusable is still better! It can be hard to make these changes all of the time, so by re-purposing your lids with us, you help make less waste.
When you have lots of lids ready to be collected, please message us on here, you can comment on this blog post and we will come and pick them up.
Precious Plastic are excited to be spreading the word of plastic re-purposing at Bangkok Design Week from 26th Jan to 3rd Feb and will need as many bottle tops as possible. If you want to see the machines in action again, please come along!
Thanks for your support EcoBeasts!!
Team Precious Plastic x
This talented young author has written a fictional book, ‘Bobo’s Adventure’, to promote awareness and conversation about the problems our oceans are facing.
Great to read to your class as a stimulus for discussion.
We would love to present Bobo’s adventures a touching story inspired by the whale BoBo who was created by the SANG foundation to spread awareness on ocean pollution. Bobo in the french language can be literally translated as ‘pain’.
The story is written from the point of view of BoBo the whale, who is becoming more and more unhappy about all the ‘clear thingies’ that are invading his home. As the story develops we can see how much BoBo appreciates the help of ‘Jonathan’ a human who wants to help BoBo and all the sea creatures keep their habitat free from plastic.
Kayaking for Chao Phraya : Stop Litter in Our River!
10-23 December 2018
Rivers used to be the arteries of cities in Thailand. They used to be clean, but now they are choking on waste that people have littered. No matter how much waste we remove, there will still be more to clean because people keep littering in the rivers. 80% of waste in the rivers ends up in the ocean, making Thailand the 6th most ocean polluting country in the world. To tackle the source of the problem we must stop littering in the rivers. Thammasat University–jointly with Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Ministry of Interior, Marine Department of Ministry of Transport, Royal Irrigation Department of Ministry of Agriculture, Naval Civil Affairs Department, Mahidol University, National Institute of Development Administration (NIDA), Bangkok Metropolitan Administration, Big Trees Group and NGO’s in 10 provinces along Chao Phraya river–organized “Kayaking for Chao Phraya-Stop Litter in Our River!” on 10-23 December 2018 starting at Pak Nam Pho in Nakhon Sawan Province and ending at Pra Samut Chedi in Samut Prakarn Province.
This campaign included 10 main kayaks that covered 400 kilometers of the Chao Phraya River, led by Assc. Prof. Prinya Thaewanarumitkul, vice rector of Thammasat University, kayaks and boats from participating provinces, and kayaks team from Thammasat University. As the kayaks passed from province to province, the Governor of every province participated in the campaign. The goal is not to only clean the river, but also to raise awareness among people in 10 provinces along the Chao Phraya river, government, and private sector to stop littering in the Chao Phraya river, as well as other rivers all over Thailand.
Mahidol University also conducted tests on samples of water from the Chao Phraya river to determine the level of microplastics, tiny particles from plastic waste that can be absorbed into our bodies through consumption of river fish. There have been very few studies in this field which is actually very close to our daily lives.
During this campaign, all of the participating provinces used plates, utensils, and cups that were washable and re-usable. Kayakers did not use any single use plastic water bottles. Along the route, waste in the river was collected and separated to show riverfront communities how to effectively recycle.
This campaign was a joint effort of various government and private sector organizations. Department of Environmental Quality Promotion of Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment was responsible for separating and recycling wastes. Department of Pollution Control was responsible for managing single use plastic waste. Ministry of Interior and NGO’s organized kayaking and recycling activities along the routes. Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation of Ministry of took care of security and boats to collect wastes from the river. Marine Department of Ministry of Transport provided additional boats. Royal Irrigation Department of Ministry of Agriculture managed water gates along the route. Bangkok Metropolitan Administration provided waste collecting boats. Mahidol University conducted tests on the quality of water. National Institute of Development Administration took public opinion poll on problems relating to river waste. Thammasat University provided kayaks for people in different provinces to join the campaign. Petroleum Authority of Thailand, Siam Commercial Bank, PTT Global Chemical, Iconsiam shopping mall, and many other NGO’s also supported this campaign.
The campaigners did not ask for public donations because the campaign’s goal was to increase awareness and create action in communities in 10 provinces along the Chao Phraya river to stop littering in the river. Anyone who wants to participate can follow the group’s past and future activities online at https://www.facebook.com/TrashChaophrayaKayaking/. People can also pledge online to stop littering in the river at https://www.trashriver.live/.
Plastic is everywhere. The food we buy is neatly wrapped in plastic, our drinks are packaged in colourful plastic cups and plastic bottles sealed with plastic lids that we conveniently carry in plastic bags. This plastic ends up in our trash, which is then taken to landfills and into our oceans, out of sight and out of mind. Sounds like a solution, doesn’t it?
But it doesn’t just go away. It will remain in the oceans and our soil for the next 400-1000 years, if not longer!
- More than 300 million tons of plastic is produced every year in the world.
- Plastic kills thousands of marine life and sea birds every year.
- Over 1 million plastic bags are used every minute on earth.
- Without change, plastic in the oceans will outweigh fish by 2050.
Plastic is increasingly becoming a serious threat to both our environment and daily life. It is already a global problem… …the time to act is now!
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The group comprises fairly young professionals and not necessarily only misty eyed tree-huggers. Many are designers, architects and lawyers. Almost all are Thais. On weekends, they get together and go on a cycle tour of areas in the city, visiting landmark old trees in parks, Buddhist temples, universities and sprawling diplomatic compounds as well as to answer calls by residents alerting them to attempts to cut down trees.
The Big Trees Project is an environmental volunteer and advocacy group that works with communities, government agencies as well the private sector and other civic groups to promote awareness and activities that help preserve public green spaces in Bangkok and beyond. We communicate with the public through social media, as well as organized participatory conservation programs so that volunteers and local communities can join hands to protect public green spaces through sustainable management practices. Our main focus and symbol is large trees whose survival depend on the quality of the green spaces where they are found and how active the surrounding communities are. We also work closely with government agencies and local municipalities to ensure that they engage the public in their conservation efforts. Our many activities are open to all such as the project to develop 60 public parks in Thailand , development of urban tree care as a profession, Love Bangkachao project, organic farming and educational programs for school children such as tree climbing and green school outings.
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We are Scholars Of Sustenance, an international charity formed to address global food distribution issues. The world produces sufficient food for all 7.5 billion of us… but most of us cannot afford to partake in the food distribution system. We firmly believe that food insecurity & food waste is one of the most pressing societal & environmental issues of our time.
Our goal is to establish well-managed systems that apply potential waste and surplus food in a meaningful way for communities in need. With educational efforts that engage and encourage communities to make a difference, we will create greater awareness of these issues and help protect the life-cycle of this precious resource. As we grow these systems, we want community involvement and kids education, allowing us to facilitate scholarships for selected bright students helping us in these communities.
WE RESCUE FOOD AND PROVIDE IT TO THE NEEDY
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