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To raise awareness on the importance of recycling by collecting used glass drinking bottles and transform them into usable and decorative household items.

Our Profile

We are a group of students from NIST who aim to reduce glass waste in Bangkok by collecting used glass drinking bottles and upcycling them into usable and decorative household items. We donate all the proceeds of our sales to various local charity organizations.

Glass is everywhere. As bars and restaurants continue to dominate the streets of Bangkok, the use of glass continues to increase. Typically, every form of alcohol is served in a glass container. In an interview with Above Eleven Rooftop Bar, we discovered that workers throw away about 300 beer bottles, 200 wine bottles and 100 hard liquor bottle on an average night.

By collecting about 30 glass bottles per day from various outlets, we rescue them from ending up in landfills, dumps, beaches or the streets of Sukhumvit in which they would take nearly a million years to decompose. These glass leftovers are transformed into household items and sold to the NIST community. The proceeds of these sales are donated to local charities and/or other service groups to further benefit their projects.

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:

Key Contacts & Experts

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Aj M.

Aj M.

Student Leader

John G.

John G.

Teacher Mentor

Sustainability & Transparency

All NIST service groups are held to our community’s high standards and values: integrity, caring, community and growth.

Funds Raised (THB)

Amount of money we raise Auction

Long-Term Goals

To lower the number of drinking bottles thrown away and to better the lives of both people and animals in need.


Expenses Breakdown

95% of all funds and resources raised have been directly funneled to the beneficiary communities.

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