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    TU Circular Innovation Challenge

    The School of Global Studies, Thammasat University, in collaboration with Indorama Ventures, United Nations Development Program (UNDP), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and SEAMEO Regional Centre for Sufficiency Economy Philosophy for Sustainability organized the “TU Circular Innovation Challenge” to raise awareness of waste problem in Thailand.

    It provides opportunities for young innovators to develop skills for inventing solutions for social and environmental problems. 174 teams registered to participate in this project and 108 projects submitted entries.

    This project aims to drive the circular economy and the sufficiency economy. The project ‘Recycling plastic bags as seedling bags’ from the “From-Waste-to-Waste” team, a group of Grade 6 students from Pla Pak Wittaya School, Nakhon Phanom won the Water and Sanitation category.

    Songsit Srisanoah or Dutchie, 17-year-old student, From-Waste-to-Waste team leader explained that the initiative started from solving the project problem by observing the farmers. Most of them use brand new black plastic bags which increase the cost of farming. Once they finish farming, they threw the plastic bags away or burn them, causing smoke and pollution without awareness of proper waste management.

    The “From-Waste-To-Waste” team started a project to recycle seedling bags from used plastic bags by designing a plastic melting machine from unused electrical appliances aiming to maximize the use of the used plastic bags for farming.  This helps reduce waste from plastic bags.

    Based on the performance test, it was found that a recycled seedling bag is as strong, stable and environmental resistant as a brand new one in the market. It can be recycled for another 4-5 times at least which is suitable for gardening and planting.”

    Evariste Kouassi Komlan, Regional Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Advisor, UNICEF East Asia and Pacific Regional Office said that TU Circular Innovation Challenge encourages the new generation to have initiatives for innovation and new solutions that address environmental, water and sanitation issues, giving them the opportunity to create a good environment thoroughly.

    Mr Yash Lohia, Chief Sustainability Officer, Indorama Ventures said that this challenge provided an opportunity for young people and the new generation to develop ideas and use them in real life according to the recycling and circular economy approach which aligns with IVL’s commitment to promoting a circular economy. We believe these young people are our future that can help drive sustainable change.

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