SUBJECT : Workshop Report 

TREASURE FROM TRASH WORKSHOP

Theme: Up-cycling of Plastic Waste

Session Report

SPA ENVIS RP on Human Settlements and Their Impact on Environment 

Hosted by School of Planning and Architecture

Plastic a miraculous material renowned for its vast utilities and reliable for its long term usage practices. Durable, flexible, lightweight, inexpensive and adaptability into various moulds are some of its highlighted features for its widespread use. Plastic is mainly found in packaging; in buildings such as piping, plumbing or vinyl sliding; in medical field; automobiles; furniture; toys etc. But the success of plastic has caused a concern for the environment sustainability, due to its very slow rate of degradation in the natural system. The perpetual influx of plastic waste in the natural system has indefinitely affected both the biotic and abiotic components of ecosystem, thus altering its structure and functioning. Worldwide, it is estimated that about 50 kg of plastic is produced annually per person. 79% of the plastic generated ended up as waste in our land and water environment, a certain amount of which is enters in our bodies through food chain.

Various magazine articles, newspaper columns and newsreels have already showcased the despair and struggle of animals in this plastic world, with the prospect to sensitize towards irreverent and irreplaceable impacts of plastic waste. But their efforts are rescinded by the least influence on the production and consumption sectors for sustaining the required economic viability. The 3 R’s rule defined to regenerate and revitalize the earth, is still under the incentives of its implementation, caused by the insincere decision making system and non-cooperative consumerism.

According to Central Pollution Control Board report 2018-19, approx. 3.3 million metric tons of plastic waste was generated in India. The exact figure is still at stake of increase in production and wealth contributing to high generation of plastic waste. Despite ascertained changes in Plastic Waste Handling Rules over years, the country lacks the sincere and systematic efforts to endure the effects of its execution in mitigating the plastic waste.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has exhorted to phase out single use plastic by 2022.  But lack of concern, motivation, awareness, compliance and enforcement of the rules are the eminent demerits deduced from the lethargic legal obligation system of our country has taken plastic poison for granted.

In concern to present scenario of handling plastic waste, the Online Treasure from Trash Workshop, themed on Up-cycling of plastic waste was conducted by SPA ENVIS RP on Human Settlements and their impact on Environment, supported by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change on 31st July 2021 from 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm. 

This workshop was a small step intended to reduce the impact of plastic waste through fun and creativity among the children of age group 6-16 years. It was structured to enable the productive involvement of the future generation in creating and sustaining a plastic free environment. It was an endeavour to induce the zest among the youths and tapping their abilities in handling the plastic waste at the source level. 

The workshop was conducted by Harsimran Kaur (Information Officer, SPA ENVS RP) under the mentorship of Prof. (Dr.) Meenakshi Dhote (Coordinator, SPA ENVIS RP). During the workshop, the virtual instructions of art and craft activities using plastic bottles and plastic bags were directed to the participants. 179 responses were registered for the workshop and more than 30 children from all over Delhi Schools took part in this attempt to make them aware of their role in handling plastic pollution.

A skit expressing the struggle of a microorganism in treating and managing the plastic waste was presented during the commencement of the workshop, followed by welcome address and a speech on the ambiguous relation of plastic, humans and environment which was given by Prof. (Dr.) Meenakshi Dhote. The rest of workshop was phased to instruct the various steps of the activity and to skill the participants with creative techniques in creating plastic craft to add on to their creative minds.

Tissue paper dispenser, Pencil stand, Utility Vase, Photo frame were some of the plastic craft items showcased during the online workshop:

 

During the online session each and every instruction was candidly followed by the children with alacrity in making the plastic craft. The craft tool stand and pencil stand (themed on favorite cartoon character) were the main items made by some of the children during the session, which are shown below.

 Pictures shown participants from left to right:- Gurnoor Kaur Sarna Darshan Academy School, Ishani Singh Doon International School, Vihaan Tyagi Darshan Academy School, Anvi Goyal Darhsan Academy School,Shradha Haritash Delhi International School, Sukrit Kaur Springdales School, Meharjas Kaur Springdales School, Dhani Darshan Academy School, Janvi pal Darshan Academy School, Sanchit Gulati Darshan Academy School, Lavanya Darshan Academy School, Aarohi suneja Darshan Academy SchoolArshit Malik Darshan Academy School, Sukhman Kaur Darshan Academy School.


The statistic of feedback received from 21 participants depicts the overall performance in conducting the treasure from trash workshop.

 

The pie charts illustrate the responses received from the attendees, which were highly appreciated in providing the great value for further amelioration in upcoming events/ workshops. More than 50% of the participants were satisfied and are interested for further sessions of Treasure to Trash Workshop. 90% agreed that workshop was highly contextual in wide spreading and providing the relevant information to reduce the impact of plastic waste. All the participants considered the session was well organised with clear, precise and understandable instructions and imparting the new creative methods to make the plastic waste useful among children.

The end of the session was felicitated with a vote of thanks and concluding remarks on the significance of managing plastic waste at various sectors of urban progression by Prof. Dr. Meenakshi Dhote.   

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