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:
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To lower the number of drinking bottles thrown away and to better the lives of both people and animals in need.
We at Rescued Glass collect an average of 20-30 used glass bottles a day from various local bars and restaurants. Then through upcycling we transform the glass bottles into useable and decorative household items ensuring that they are never thrown away. Our efforts are reducing the number of glass bottles thrown away by around 9,000 bottles a year. These glass bottles were rescued from ending up in landfills, dumps, beaches, and from around the city where they would have taken nearly a million years to decompose.
“Being a leader of a service group has allowed me to develop my communication, organization and self management skills as now I am more organized and collaborate better with a team” – Manish
“I was initially a shy person and struggled at times with being a leader, but after having founding this service initiative and developed it to an official service group at NIST, I now have lots of experience being a leader and I am better at public speaking”
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