Today, waste grows into a more severe problem impacting environments and quality of life of people. But how can we reuse the ‘waste’ so that it becomes useful again? How can we help reduce environmental problems and promote good quality of life?
BASF (Thai) Ltd has joined hands with World Vision Foundation of Thailand (WVFT) via the Ecobricks for the Earth and School project which promotes value-adding to waste and tackles environmental problems for Nikhom Sang Ton Eng 10 School, Pluak Daeng district, Rayong province.
This Ecobricks project aims at the revitalising the school’s playground for safety, installing a drainage in front of the school building, constructing farming plot frames, and improving the school’s landscape with the use of Ecobricks – the building blocks that are made by used plastic bottles packed with small pieces of unrecyclable used materials, such as plastic bags, snack pouches, paper, threads, etc. After being stuffed with dry, non-degradable waste, the plastic bottles will serve as the replacement of bricks in the reinforcement structure and will be bound by adhesive substance or cement. Staff from BASF and WVFT and pupils of Nikhom Sang Ton Eng 10 School have taken part in making these Ecobricks.
Thanks to the joint efforts from all sectors, finally the required number of Ecobricks has been met and it was about time to bring all of them into use for the school’s renovation. Mr Petrus Ng, Managing Director of BASF (Thai) Ltd, has led 45 volunteers from the company to hand over the Ecobricks for the Earth and School project to Nikhom Sang Ton Eng 10 School, Rayong province. Dr Bunjongsek Supsopha, Assistant National Director-Marketing and Fundraising, WVFT, and Ms Chatramon Intason, Director of Nikhom Sang Ton Eng 10 School, along with teachers and pupils and WVFT staff, have given the visitors a warm welcome and participated in the activities.
‘BASF is dedicated to supporting the United Nations Strategic Development Goal #4, Quality Education. We provide support to schools, especially in rural areas, to enhance their education quality through our corporate citizenship activities every year. This collaboration with WVFT is particularly remarkable, as it helps tackle plastic pollution by turning plastic waste into Ecobricks, and also improves the learning conditions at the school’ said Mr Petrus.
‘WVFT would like to adopt the Ecobricks project, which is about making use of ‘waste’ or unrecyclable materials for the maximum benefit. We, together with BASF volunteers, have engaged teachers, pupils, and the community in the project that does not only help solve the pressing problem and reduce the cost of materials procurement for school restoration but also adds value to the used plastic bottles that were meant to enter the recycling process. Instead, we have turned them into useful materials. Nikhom Sang Ton Eng 10 School is the first school that WVFT has carried out the Ecobricks project with. We see the opportunity for this pilot initiative to pass on knowledge to other schools in the WVFT’s eastern-region network’, Dr Bunjongsek elaborated.
‘With great support from BASF and WVFT, we are happy to see our school can provide a safer and more comfortable learning environment for our pupils. We hope our pupils will continuously use their creativity to make a bigger impact on the society with Ecobricks in the future’, Ms Chatramon Intason, Director of Nikhom Sang Ton Eng 10 School, revealed how thankful she felt.