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!
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/.
Today, more than a 100 million tons of plastic are drifting around our oceans because plastic doesn’t biodegrade; it lasts for nearly 500 years. Exposure to sun, wind, water makes the plastic break down into smaller and smaller pieces, called microplastics. These plastics contain a high concentration of agricultural and industrial toxins. Animals commonly mistake plastic for food and eat it, resulting in severe consequences for the future of marine life and our consumption of fish and seafood. Microplastics in our fresh waterways even end up polluting our drinking water and table salt.
Plastic Free NIST is a group of students who have been tirelessly working to shift our school toward reduced use and disposal of single-use plastics. From uniforms wrapped in paper rather than plastic bags, smoothie plastic cups now made of cassava, and no more single-use plastic straws, there are school-wide changes taking place. Plastic Free NIST has been the trigger in getting these changes implemented, and plan to continue to endorsing new systems within our school community and wider Bangkok to work towards far more sustainable lives.
Our service group partnered with Bamboo Lao, a social enterprise working to improve the lives of villagers in Ban Donekang, outside of Luang Prabang, while providing sustainable alternatives to plastic straws. The villagers produce multi-use bamboo straws which we advocate for and distribute amongst our own school, businesses and individuals in Bangkok, and wider Thailand.
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!