Creative Waste Recycling Workshop for Children – Bangalore Earth5R

Did you know? An average person produces 2 kilograms of waste per day?

There are currently 7 billion people and still counting on the Earth at this moment. So imagine the amount of waste produced every day. Soon the Earth will reach a point, where it will not be able to sustain this waste anymore. Then what will we do?

Keeping the agenda of reducing waste and lessening consumption of valuable resources, Bangalore Earth5R member Ayesha Mehrotra along with Aditya and Ritu conducted a ‘CREATIVE WASTE RECYCLING WORKSHOP’ with the children of UKN Esperanza Apartments. Thirty enthusiastic children between the age of 6 years and 14 years attended this workshop.

Ayesha spoke to the children about the significance of some important issues that our world is challenged with today, and how we can do our little bit of saving the environment by adhering to the 5 R’s, that stand for Respect, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Restore. Solutions were also discussed about how many items in their own houses could be reused and resold that would be advantageous to both, them as well as the environment.

The children brought along with them waste items from their own houses like plastic bottles and containers, cartons and CDs. Paints and decorative items were made available to create artsy and reusable products out of the scrap and old items. Allowing their creative minds to flow open, some very unique ideas and innovative items were recreated out of the existing ones. Earth5R volunteers assisted them with this activity and encouraged them to communicate the same among their peers.

Overall, the experience of this activity was not just creative but equally informative and effective. The participants were enthusiastic and the children definitely took home some great stuff which they could use, keep or gift. The response was very positive and Earth5R Bangalore aspires to conduct similar workshops, with the aim of creating greater awareness and sensitivity in the coming future.

-Reported by Ayesha Mehrotra. Edited by Pragya Lodha and Saritha Ramanjaneyulu . Graphic design by Pratik Dhamapurkar. Photography credits – Aditya and Ritu

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