ONE MAN’S TRASH COULD BE ANOTHER MAN’S TREASURE Design for Change Chang Rigphel Lower Secondary School Olakha, Thimphu
IntroductionThe problem of plastic litter is only growing. Plastic is the fastest-growing component of the wastestream, and plastic pollution like single-use bags are among the most commonly found items duringcampus and river cleanups. Because plastic essentially never biodegrades, once littered plastic becomesa permanent environmental problem.Plastic bags are a true menace to our ecosystems Landfill in Memeylakha Plastic litter in OlakhaThe students of Chang Rigphel Lower Secondary School, Olakha, Thimphu feeling the everincreasing problem of plastic trash in the community, conceived an idea of collecting themand developing into usable products thereby helping to clean the environment andrecycling the trash.The motto of the collective action “One man’s trash could be another man’s treasure”
Students participating in the clean up campaign and collected plasticsfrom the settlement around the school and the river side.
Students, parents and teachers organized cleanup campaign and collect plastics from thesettlement around the school and the river side.
Students clean the plasticswrappers, dry and make itready for cutting.
Boys cut the clean and dry plastic wrappersinto thin strips.
Girls cut the clean and dry plastic wrappers into thin strips
Students collect the plastic strips ready to be woven
Students learn to weave the cut stripes of plastic wrappersinto colorful mat
Students learn and help each other to weave plastic mats
The final product…plastic trash transformed into abeautiful round sitting mat and backrest
BRAVO……we succeeded in reusing the trashand cleaning our surrounding