JAAB Helps Women Upcycle Waste

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She said that utilities used in the bedroom, kitchen and toilet such as soap case, toothbrush holder, mobile hanger, pencil holder, spoon holder, and funnel were made during the training.

JAAB trained Bhutanese women on upcycling. (Source: http://www.kuenselonline.com)

 

What is Upcycling?

It is a process whereby used goods or waste material are re-used to produce something that is better than the original. They can become functional items such as pencil holders or decorative household items.

 

 

To create awareness on pet bottle management, the JICA Alumni Association of Bhutan (JAAB) trained 25 women on producing household utility and decoration items from pet bottles.

The three-day training ended on 1 Feb 2018.

Aims of the training programme

JAAB’s training coordinator Pema Gyelpo said that the training would help create awareness, impart ideas and to develop skills.

“The programme was targeted at housewives and young women to realise their potential in recycling pet waste.”

The programme also aims to create awareness on waste management and to generate income through waste management.

He said that after the training, women would help lead their community to reduce pet bottle waste.

Upcycling plastics and its impact on the environment

Plastics have become an essential part of our lives and its disposal causes environmental problems, he said.

“Pet bottles had been increasingly used especially through food items such as fizzy drinks and mineral water bottles, among others.”

A 31-year-old Tshewang Lhamo living in Paro is one of the participants. “I have always been interested in making household utility out of pet bottles but did not know how to experiment,” she said.

Useful decorative objects made during the training programme

She said that utilities used in the bedroom, kitchen and toilet such as soap case, toothbrush holder, mobile hanger, pencil holder, spoon holder, and funnel were made during the training.

JAAB is an independent organisation formed by participants of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) training programmes in the country.

 

By Rinchen Zangmo (This article has been edited for the New Bhutan Times)

This article first appeared on Kuensel.

 

 


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