360 Production Asia works on photography services for businesses in Cambodia.
Also in this country, people are facing multiple environmental issues due to the plastic waste pollution. To take a small part in this problem, we engage in volunteer courses to teach local children how to *upcycle plastic waste into children’s crafts.
Our goals are to teach relevant skills, raise creativity and awareness of pollution issues to the young generation.
“Learning Through Play” is the focus of our Giving Back Project and presented as Fun-Filled Ecological Courses with children.
*Upcycling: Also known as creative reuse, upcycling is the process of transforming waste materials or unwanted products into new materials or products for better environmental value -wikipedia
Teaches how to create PURSES using anykind of plastic bags.
From 2017 to 2018: We have given one course in cooperation with “Toutes à L’école” Organization (NGO) caring for underprivileged local schoolchildren in Phnom Penh – Cambodia.
There is no requirement for advanced skills or modern technology.
Courses organized by Julien Thomas
Course Overview and Goals
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Just doing a project or sharing a message does not change anyone. Lasting change requires action.
To have a real impact, the aim needs to be beneficial and appropriate for the participants.
Every child likes to play and learn crafting.
1. The plastic waste
• The plastic bags we use – mainly discarded materials – are collected with the participating children in their neighborhood community.
• After the bags are cleaned, we have to cut them all into shreds to obtain an amount of multicolor materials.
2. Upcycling/Processing the plastics
• We teach how to fuse/melt the saved shreds using an iron, to create large plastic sheets.
• Shape the pattern of the purse from this sheet, do a little more ironing, create your handles and a purse is ready to be use.
Handles can be made by plaiting plastic layers 😉
3. Children creativity is taking over
After a couple hours of work, comes the time to let the children to take ownership of their goods/creations.
Examples: Shape new forms (e.g. heart, stars or cutting a wellknown brand name) from plastic waste to fuse them onto their purse, writting a telephone number on it, grabing a glue gun for extra customizing/crafting, starting to put in a plastic bottle or a book in the pruse, and so on!
Those moments and results are magical to us.
Because we know that we’ve brought a real unexpected fun and finals charming crafts to the children, involving complicity, friendship, and beautiful times.. from scraps.
4. Pollution awareness
With the participating children
very excited with the project, we can use that
to develop their interests into
this same waste material
we have used and which is definitely an environmental issue.
Our method is not only to show the children “what” to do, but to teach them “why” what we are doing is important for their well-being and communities. And not just to tell them to clean up.
– Make realizing that Plastic Waste (which is Free) can be reused for goods and also be entertaining.
– Raise and support the children’s creativity.
– Teach/Insist on speaking English and highlight the vocabulary focusing on the environmental issues.
• Prevention for the environnement
We use the participant’s excitement that is bursting throughout the course (view our photo gallery below) to raise their awareness about the plastic waste material and its environmental issues.
Actually, that same waste material which we had so much fun with!
– To the best of our ability: We discuss relevant media, teach, raise awareness and bring questions about the plastic pollution found/collected in the children’s community.
We are thinking globally but acting locally to demonstrate that this pollution is causing problems to our environment.
Us: “With all this waste covering the water, do you think the fish can live?”
Us: “So you will not have fish to eat if there is too much waste or we might get really sick.”
– Definitly, we are teaching new words and meanings based on environmental pollution and its issues.
– Impact with local cartoons focusing on waste problems & waste management – watch our playlist >
An Artistic Flow of Happiness
Warning: ART can occur after children have turned waste into purses.
Kites from.. Waste
Teaching how to create kites with and for children, using plastic waste.
Flowers from.. Waste
Teaching how to create flowers with and for children, using plastic waste.
Upcycled Plastic Waste