GreeNIST raise awareness on the importance of upcycling – transforming waste into reusable products in our school community.
A few years ago, GreeNIST Recycling was a huge service group dedicated to recycling paper. However, the group slowly became inactive. At the end of the 2014-2015 school year, two students in Year 11 decided to start up this group again due to paper wastage throughout NIST. Since that time other peers have joined, and the service activity has grown, with new recycling methods being spread throughout the school.
GreeNIST Recycling is a relatively new group, and setting up a sustainable system that would recycle and reduce the paper consumption at NIST is one of our main accomplishments. The system includes sorting paper by its size and state. Paper of a certain condition is handmade into colourful notebook; these are then utilized by migrant school children at the Foundation for Rural Youth Bangkok. 35 notebooks have already been donated to an elementary class; since this donation, more than 40 new notebooks have been produced at school. Other reusable paper is sent to the EY department, whereas paper used on both sides is sent to the Bangkok School for the Blind to be made into braille. Other pieces that aren’t applicable for these uses are sold by the NIST maids.
Which UN Sustainable Development Goals Do We Support?
To provide a clear context for the aims of service groups at NIST, we align our projects to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). “The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), otherwise known as the Global Goals, are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. The SDGs work in the spirit of partnership and pragmatism to make the right choices now to improve life, in a sustainable way, for future generations.” This NIST group supports the following goals:
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Reduction paper packs
The paper consumption of the school has declined from 4560 paper packs used in 2014-2015, to 4195 paper packs in 2015-2016
Establish schoolwide system that collects waste paper from all parts of the school and ensures waste paper is either reused, made into notebooks for kids in rural areas, or sent to reputable firms to be recycled.
Establish system using collection points where people can bring in used batteries which will be recycled or disposed of responsibly.
95% of all funds and resources raised have been directly funneled to the beneficiary communities.
Firstname Lastname, NIST Class of 2016
Each member has actively contributed to the service group. We all developed our collaboration and communication skills by working together to plan student led initiatives such as Earthweek. Members of the group have learned how to run an organised system to effectively recycle paper and turn them into books.
Firstname Lastname, Villager from Maeramit
EY Students at NIST who have benefitted as well as assisted our initiative by both being able to receive scrap paper that we send to them and using the paper so it doesn’t go to waste
The books we created were sent to children in the Early Childhood Education Center in Cambodia. The books were made from reused waste paper that had been thrown away at NIST. We took the paper and assembled them into books which have been sent to less privileged children in Cambodia during a year 12 service trip.
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