360 Production Asia is a company producing business projects for marketing needs in Cambodia.
Also, in this country where we’re based, we’re facing multiple environmental pollution issues due to the plastic waste pollution. To take a small part in solving this problem, we engage in volunteer courses to educate local children on how to *UPCYCLE plastic waste into children’s crafts.
Our goals are to teach relevant skills, raise creativity and awareness of pollution issues to the young generation.
“Learning Through Play” is the focus of our Giving Back Project and presented as Fun-Filled Ecological Courses with children.
*Upcycling: Also known as creative reuse, upcycling is the process of transforming waste materials or unwanted products into new materials or products for better environmental value -wikipedia
Teaches how to create FLOWERS using anykind of plastic bags.
From 2016 until 2018: We have given five courses in cooperation with organizations (NGOs) caring for underprivileged schoolchildren in Cambodia.
There is no requirement for advanced skills or modern technology.
All courses organized and lead by Julien Thomas, founder of 360 Production Asia.
Course Overview and Goals
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Just doing a project or sharing a message does not change anyone. Lasting change requires action.
To have a real impact, the aim needs to be beneficial and appropriate for the participants.
Every child likes to play and learn crafting.
1. The plastic waste
• The plastic bags we use – mainly discarded materials – are collected with the participating children in their neighborhood community.
• After the bags are cleaned, we have to cut them to save the largest rectangle layers we can shape.
2. Upcycling/Processing the plastics
• To create a flower, we teach an easy & simple folding method using the saved plastic layers.
• Add a string to old the layers together, shape them with a scissor and a flower is ready to bloom.
The less or more layers and colors you use, the more the flower can be beautifull 😉
3. A flower, for what?
After a few mintues of work, comes the time for the children to use & enjoy their goods/creations.
Examples: Tie a flower on a girl hairband, on a schoolbag, head, wrist or even two indentical flowers on a pair of flip flop, and so on!
Those moments and results are magical to us.
Because we know that we’ve brought a real unexpected fun and finals charming crafts to the children, involving complicity, friendship, and beautiful times.. from scraps.
4. Pollution awareness
With the participating children
very excited with the project, we can use that
to develop their interests into
this same waste material
we have used and which is definitely an environmental issue.
Our method is not only to show the children “what” to do, but to teach them “why” what we are doing is important for their well-being and communities. And not just to tell them to clean up.
– Make realizing that Plastic Waste (which is Free) can be reused for goods and also be entertaining.
– Raise and support the children’s creativity.
– Teach/Insist on speaking English and highlight the vocabulary focusing on the environmental issues.
• Prevention for the environnement
We use the participant’s excitement that is bursting throughout the course (view our photo gallery below) to raise their awareness about the plastic waste material and its environmental issues.
Actually, that same waste material which we had so much fun with!
– To the best of our ability: We discuss relevant media, teach, raise awareness and bring questions about the plastic pollution found/collected in the children’s community.
We are thinking globally but acting locally to demonstrate that this pollution is causing problems to our environment.
Us: “With all this waste covering the water, do you think the fish can live?”
Us: “So you will not have fish to eat if there is too much waste or we might get really sick.”
– Definitly, we are teaching new words and meanings based on environmental pollution and its issues.
– Impact with local cartoons focusing on waste problems & waste management – watch our playlist >
An Artistic Flow of Happiness
Warning: BEAUTY can occur after children have turned waste into flowers.
We have edited two videos to this project, highlighting the courses progress and its importances plus results for the participating children and the cooperating organizations.
Jun 2016 (3 minutes)
July 2016 (9 minutes)