Perhaps one of the biggest elephants in the room, waste, was literally welcomed to the E-Base this workshop. To introduce students to waste and its hazards, Green the Gap jumped in to share a little of their knowledge with our students at the E-Base.
With an innovative name game, Vimlendu Jha of Green the Gap brought to the students notice of just how many items around us get purchased and eventually get trashed to become eternal residents of landfills or particles of the air through incineration. We had the likes of ‘Clea Pepsi Bottle’, ‘Jaya Panni’, ‘Ashwin Chappal’ and so on. So, for the day, we switched to our alternative names. With more than 50 items that have the potential to be waste once their life is over being named during the game, the students didn’t take long to realize that sustainability is not an integral part of our modern lives.
Hence, came our next activity which helped the students understand how to deal with all the different kinds of waste that is generated in their villages. Right from what can be recycled, composted and that what is destined for the landfill, the students familiarized themselves with it all. They were also familiarized with the 3 R’s. Reducing, reusing and something Green the Gap is an expert of- creatively upcycling!
They had a blast making items such as paper bags, planters, bodies of pens for their pen refills and much more.
For the E-Base fair coming up on the 24th of November, the students have a “Best of Waste” Competition in which they will take a garbage item and convert it into something useful! We’re really looking forward to seeing their ideas for waste especially after such an inspiring session!
Signing off as Pooja PET Bottle
P.S.: Watch out for our very unique waste installation at the Pench Tiger Reserve this Sunday, 24th November at the E-Base Fair!