Dfc shantabai ladkat english medium school pune


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During the week of 25th September to 2nd October 2010, students of a Municipal School in Pune pledged to make their community plastic bag free. This presentation is a documentation of their efforts. It has also been submitted as an entry for the Design for Change Contest - http://www.designforchangecontest.com

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Dfc shantabai ladkat english medium school pune

  1. 1. ‘ Bags of Paper-Better off Pune’ Our Story of Change Lt. Smt. Shantabai Ladkat English Medium School, Pune
  2. 2. Step 1: FEEL  We live in a community in Pune where the use of plastic bags is rampant despite a state-wide ban on them. We have learnt how harmful plastic is to the environment. This problem bothered us a lot.
  3. 3. Learning More  Our teacher also showed us a documentary on the damage that plastic does.  We learned a lot more about the harmful effects of plastic around us.
  4. 4. Step 2: IMAGINE  We discussed ideas with our teacher and came up with the following:  A street play/skit to generate awareness.  Learning how to make paper bags.  Giving the paper bags to the shopkeepers in our community. OUR CATCHPHRASE BAGS OF PAPER – BETTER OFF PUNE!
  5. 5. Why Paper Bags?  We wanted to provide people with an alternative to plastic while telling them how using plastic harms the environment.  We decided to learn how to make paper bags so that we could give them to the shopkeepers in our community who were still using plastic.
  6. 6. STEP 1: Learn how to make paper bags STEP 3: SPREAD Teach women in our community (self-help groups) how to make paper bags and facilitate paper bag sales for them by providing free paper bag as samples to shopkeepers. STEP 3: ADVOCATE 1. Prepare enough sample bags to give to the shopkeepers in our community as samples. 2. Stage a skit to generate awareness. 3. Teaching other school children how to make paper bags as well. STEP 4: Convince shopkeepers to stop giving plastic bags and start using paper bags STEP 2: Make paper bags
  7. 7. Step 3: DO  We learnt how to make paper bags from our teacher
  8. 8. Making paper bags  We got help from Rotary club in Pune, who donated us extra newspapers to help make our bags.  We prepared different kinds of bags according to differing shopkeepers’ needs.
  9. 9. Advocating  We invited parents and teachers and staged a skit about the dangers of using plastic bags.
  10. 10. Advocating  We went around our community with the paper bags we had prepared.  For every paper bag we gave, we took 5 plastic bags from the shopkeepers. IMPACT: 500 paper bags given. 2500 Plastic bags collected.
  11. 11. Spreading  We also spread this around our community by teaching women how to make paper bags, so that they could sell them and earn money. IMPACT: 500 paper bags given. 2500 Plastic bags collected.
  12. 12. How we were ‘Changed’  We learnt the importance of teamwork and were grateful for the support we got from so many places.  Most importantly, we learnt that there is a solution to all problems and we have the power to influence things