GIVING BACK PROJECT

Turning Plastic Waste into Children's Flowers

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.

Find all of our Courses with Children, click here.

*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

  • Underprivileged schoolgirls from NGO "Toutes à L'école" are collecting discarded waste in their neighborhood community during an ecological course in Cambodia.
  • Schoolgirl from NGO "Toutes à L’école" is picking up a discarded plastic bag in a river in Cambodia during a fun filled and ecological course by Julien Thomas.
  • Young girl in Cambodia is picking up discarded plastic waste near her school for a creative and ecological course - children’s craft project in Phnom Penh.
  • Khmer children are picking up discarded plastic bags near their school, for an ecological and craft courses for underprivileged schoolchildren in Sihanoukville.
  • Schoolgirls are collecting discarded plastic bags in their school community during ecological course for children in The Goodwill Center, Sihanoukville.
  • Cambodian schoolgirl is collecting discarded plastic waste on the ground for a fun filled ecological children's course at her school in Phnom Phen.
  • Underprivileged Cambodian kid is collecting discarded plastic waste in his living community during an ecological course - activity for children in Sihanoukville.
  • Group of young Cambodian schoolchildren are picking up discarded plastic waste - plastic bags in their community for a recycle and ecological course at school.
  • Group of Cambodian schoolchildren are collecting discarded plastic waste - plastic bags for an ecological and creative craft course in Bomnong L'or Organization.

THIS PROJECT

 

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.
pro tip: 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!

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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

now

very excited with the project, we can use that

new energy

to develop their interests into

this same waste material

we have used and which is definitely an environmental issue.

 

Schoolchildren holding their plastic flowers they have created from plastic waste during a filled ecological and crafty plastic waste project by Julien Thomas

Course in: Painting Smiles School, Otres Village – Cambodia

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.


• Educational

– 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?”
Children: “NOOO”
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 >
 

Children have created plastic flowers from plastic recycled plastic waste during a crafty and educational project in Shine Cambodia by Julien Thomas

Course in: Painting Smiles School, Otres Village – Cambodia

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Participated schoolchildren whose have created large flowers from recycled plastic waste to hang on a crafted tree standing in Happy Chandara schoolyard

Course in: Happy Chandara School – NGO Toutes à L’école, Phnom Penh – Cambodia

  • Group of young Cambodian schoolchildren are picking up discarded plastic waste - plastic bags in their community for a recycle and ecological course at school.
    1. Collect plastic waste
  • Schoolgirl from NGO "Toutes à L’école" is picking up a discarded plastic bag in a river in Cambodia during a fun filled and ecological course by Julien Thomas.
    1. Collect plastic waste
  • Students from Happy Chandara school are cleaning the collected discarded plastic waste during an ecological and craft course - project by Julien Thomas.
    2. Clean & dry the plastics
  • Group of students are cleaning the collected discarded plastic waste from their neighborhood community during an ecological project - course in Cambodia.
    2. Clean & dry the plastics
  • The cleaned plastic bags - plastic waste are hanging the schoolyard to get dried before to reuse them with schoolchildren into children's crafts in Southeast Asia.
    2. Clean & dry the plastics
  • Kid working - cutting cleaned plastic waste during a crafty and recycle project by Julien Thomas
    3. Cut and fold the plastics
  • Underprivileged Cambodian schoolchildren are working with recycled plastic bags during a craft and creative course - project for children in Otres Village
    3. Cut and fold the plastics
  • Student is finishing to create her plastic flower from recycled - upcycled plastic waste during a fun filled ecological and crafty project by Julien Thomas
    4. Shape the flower
  • Homemade plastic waste flower created with recycled/upcycled plastic material - plastic bags during a craft and ecological children’s course in Cambodia
    5. Appreciate the results
  • Cambodian schoolchild is playing - wearing on her head a large and crafted flower made from recycled plastic bags during a children's creative course at school
    5. Appreciate the results
  • Cambodian child is wearing two hair bunches crafted with plastic waste - plastic bags during a creative and ecological children’s course in Sihanoukville
    5. Appreciate the results

An Artistic Flow of Happiness


Warning: BEAUTY can occur after children have turned waste into flowers.

Short Documentaries


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)

Kites from.. Waste


Teaching how to create kites with and for children, using plastic waste.

Purses from.. Waste


Teaching how to create purses with and for children, using plastic waste.

Upcycled Plastic Waste

photo gallery


Discover the crafty creations made the by participating children during our multiple courses.