GIVING BACK PROJECT

Turning Plastic Waste into Children's Purses

‘I Believe We Can Fly’ Project

 

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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Underprivileged schoolgirls from NGO "Toutes à L'école" are collecting discarded waste in their neighborhood community during an ecological course in Cambodia.

THE ‘I BELIEVE WE CAN FLY’ PROJECT

 

Teaches how to create KITES using medium to large bags.

From 2014 until 2018: We have given seven courses in cooperation with organizations (NGOs) caring for underprivileged schoolchildren in Vietnam and 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. Plastic waste and bamboo<

• 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 layers we can shape.
• We use bamboo sticks for the frame of a kite – we employ local workers for this carving job or we buy the sticks in a shop if needed.

2. Upcycling/Processing the plastics

• We teach how to fuse/melt the plastic layers using an iron, to create large plastic sheets.
• Then we place the bamboo sticks for the frame, add a string and the kite is ready to FLY.
pro tip: The more plastic layers you fuse at once, the stronger the new plastic sheet is 😉

3. Let’s fly a kite

After a couple hours of work for the children, comes the time to let them free to play with their kites.
Examples: It’s time for us to wach the kids as they go crazy running all together after a kite trying to catch the tails or we view another cheerfully falling on the ground because he/she is running too quickly, 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.

 

Two young boys and a large children's kite made from environmental plastic waste bags during a fun filled ecological project in Cambodia by Julien Thomas

Course in: Poum Thmey Center Children’s House, Via Del Campo NGO – 2015

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 >
 

Child run with big smile very excited play with a kite in Maison Chance Vietnam by Julien Thomas

Course in: École Chance – NGO Maison Chance, Ho Chi Minh City – Vietnam

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A crowdfunding campaign has been organized for the first course

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Donor's reward for the crowdfunding campaign of I Believe We Can Fly Project. His name is written on a kite for children made by a kid using plastic waste

Course in: Sen Monorom Orphanage – NGO Enfants d’Asie, Mondulkiri Province – 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
  • Khmer children are picking up discarded plastic bags near their school, for an ecological and craft courses for underprivileged schoolchildren in Sihanoukville.
    1. Collect plastic waste
  • Schoolgirls are collecting discarded plastic bags in their school community during ecological course for children in The Goodwill Center, Sihanoukville.
    1. Collect plastic waste
  • Students helping each others to work and cut the cleaned plastic waste to create children's crafts during a creative and ecological course in NGO Maison Chance.
    2. Cut/Prepare the cleaned plastics
  • Participating children are processing the collected plastic waste with a flat iron to fuse/melt the plastic layers together and create a large plastic sheet.
    3. Fuse the plastic layers
  • Kite making with the participating schoolchildren, the multicolor cleaned plastic waste and bamboo sticks. It is easy to upcycle plastic into children’s crafts.
    4. Insert the frame - the bamboo sticks
  • Vietnamese schoolchildren are crafting, working and decorating a homemade kite made with plastic waste during a fun filled ecological course in Ho Chi Minh City.
  • Delta and multicolor children’s kite making with recycled plastic bags and bamboo sticks during a craft course - project for underprivileged schoolchildren.
    5. Take a kite that can fly and shape another one!
  • Young Cambodian girl is holding a homemade kite made with recycle multicolor plastic waste, ready to take off and to fly.
    6. Fly the kites
  • Square and large traditional Khmer kite designed, created, made with plastic waste is flying during an ecological and craft course for children in Cambodia.
    6. Fly the kites
  • Donor's reward for the crowdfunding campaign of I Believe We Can Fly Project. His name is written on a kite for children made by a kid using plastic waste.
    6. Fly the kites.. AND
  • Joyful Vietnamese schoolchildren are playing with a homemade kite made with upcycled plastic bags during a fun filled ecological course in Ho Chi Minh City.
    7. WATCH THE KIDS SMILES
  • Child run with big smile very excited play with a kite in Maison Chance Vietnam by Julien Thomas
    7. WATCH THE KIDS SMILES
  • Participating schoolgirls are happy to play and flying their kites they have created using plastic waste during a fun filled ecological course in Cambodia
    7. WATCH THE KIDS SMILES

An Artistic Flow of Happiness


Warning: LARGE SMILES can occur after children have turned waste into kites.

Short Documentaries


We edit a video after each course highlighting the course progress and its importances plus results for the participating children and the cooperating organizations.

2014 – 2015 (25 minutes)

May 2015

March 2015

February 2015

January 2015

December 2014

November 2014

October 2014

A Crowdfunding Campaign to Start Up


In 2014, when the first course started, 360 Production Asia did not exist. To bring this project to life, Julien Thomas organized a crowdfunding campaign and raised 3500€.
In order to THANK the donors, Julien decided to write the name of each donor on a single kite, take a photo of it and send it to the donors as postcards.

  • Donor's reward for the crowdfunding campaign of I Believe We Can Fly Project. His name is written on a kite for children made by a kid using plastic waste.
    Donator: Antoine Brunet - Course in NGO Maison Chance (2014)
  • Donor's reward for the crowdfunding campaign of I Believe We Can Fly Project. His name is written on a kite for children made by a kid using plastic waste.
    Donator: Luigi Bouffartigue - Course in NGO Enfants d'Asie (2014)
  • Donor's reward for the crowdfunding campaign of I Believe We Can Fly Project. His name is written on a kite for children made by a kid using plastic waste.
    Donator: Elise Shirley - Course in NGO Via Del Campo (2015)
  • Donor's reward for the crowdfunding campaign of I Believe We Can Fly Project. His name is written on a kite for children made by a kid using plastic waste.
    Donator: Hélène Hazarika - Course in NGO Via Del Campo (2015)
  • Donor's reward for the crowdfunding campaign of I Believe We Can Fly Project. His name is written on a kite for children made by a kid using plastic waste.
    Donator: Kerapi - Course in NGO Enfants d'Asie (2015)
  • Donor's reward for the crowdfunding campaign of I Believe We Can Fly Project. His name is written on a kite for children made by a kid using plastic waste.
    Donator: Elise Shirley - Course in NGO Via Del Campo (2015)
  • Donor's reward for the crowdfunding campaign of I Believe We Can Fly Project. His name is written on a kite for children made by a kid using plastic waste.
    Donator: Johann Lacire - Course in NGO Via Del Campo (2015)
  • Donor's reward for the crowdfunding campaign of I Believe We Can Fly Project. His name is written on a kite for children made by a kid using plastic waste.
    Donator: Diana - Course in NGO Bomnong L'or (2015)
  • Donor's reward for the crowdfunding campaign of I Believe We Can Fly Project. His name is written on a kite for children made by a kid using plastic waste.
    Donator: Antony Arnaud - Course in NGO Maison Chance (2014)
  • Donor's reward for the crowdfunding campaign of I Believe We Can Fly Project. His name is written on a kite for children made by a kid using plastic waste.
    Donator: Groupe Fraise - Course in NGO Maison Chance (2014)
  • Donor's reward for the crowdfunding campaign of I Believe We Can Fly Project. His name is written on a kite for children made by a kid using plastic waste.
    Donator: Isabelle Thomas - Course in NGO Enfants d'Asie (2014)
  • Donor's reward for the crowdfunding campaign of I Believe We Can Fly Project. His name is written on a kite for children made by a kid using plastic waste.
    Donator: Betreau & Mauget Familly - Course in NGO Enfants d'Asie (2014)
  • Donor's reward for the crowdfunding campaign of I Believe We Can Fly Project. His name is written on a kite for children made by a kid using plastic waste.
    Donator: Greg Duffourd - Course in NGO Maison Chance (2014)
  • Donor's reward for the crowdfunding campaign of I Believe We Can Fly Project. His name is written on a kite for children made by a kid using plastic waste.
    Donator: Catherine Quéré - Course in NGO Maison Chance (2014)
  • Donor's reward for the crowdfunding campaign of I Believe We Can Fly Project. His name is written on a kite for children made by a kid using plastic waste.
    Donator: Clement Thomas - Course in NGO Bomnong L'or (2015)
  • Donor's reward for the crowdfunding campaign of I Believe We Can Fly Project. His name is written on a kite for children made by a kid using plastic waste.
    Donator: Isabelle Cure - Course in NGO Enfants d'Asie (2014)
  • Donor's reward for the crowdfunding campaign of I Believe We Can Fly Project. His name is written on a kite for children made by a kid using plastic waste.
    Donator: Pierric Le Neveu - Course in NGO Bomnong L'or (2015)
  • Donor's reward for the crowdfunding campaign of I Believe We Can Fly Project. His name is written on a kite for children made by a kid using plastic waste.
    Donator: Olivia Oudart - Course in NGO Enfants d'Asie (2014)
  • Donor's reward for the crowdfunding campaign of I Believe We Can Fly Project. His name is written on a kite for children made by a kid using plastic waste.
    Donator: Margo - Course in NGO Maison Chance (2014)
  • Donor's reward for the crowdfunding campaign of I Believe We Can Fly Project. His name is written on a kite for children made by a kid using plastic waste.
    Donator: Marion Thomas - Course in Saint Vincent de Paul Charity Organization (2014)
  • Donor's reward for the crowdfunding campaign of I Believe We Can Fly Project. His name is written on a kite for children made by a kid using plastic waste.
    Donator: Vincent Pageaud - Course in NGO Enfants d'Asie (2015)
  • Donor's reward for the crowdfunding campaign of I Believe We Can Fly Project. His name is written on a kite for children made by a kid using plastic waste.
    Donator: Elise Richard - Course in NGO Via Del Campo (2015)
  • Donor's reward for the crowdfunding campaign of I Believe We Can Fly Project. His name is written on a kite for children made by a kid using plastic waste.
    Donator: Dominique Besse - Course in NGO Via Del Campo (2015)
  • Donor's reward for the crowdfunding campaign of I Believe We Can Fly Project. His name is written on a kite for children made by a kid using plastic waste.
    Donator: Jean Bastien Allard - Course in NGO Enfants d'Asie (2014)
  • Donor's reward for the crowdfunding campaign of I Believe We Can Fly Project. His name is written on a kite for children made by a kid using plastic waste.
    Donator: Guillaume Boulay - Course in NGO Via Del Campo (2015)
  • Donor's reward for the crowdfunding campaign of I Believe We Can Fly Project. His name is written on a kite for children made by a kid using plastic waste.
    Donator: Claire Stella - Course in NGO Enfants d'Asie (2014)
  • Donor's reward for the crowdfunding campaign of I Believe We Can Fly Project. His name is written on a kite for children made by a kid using plastic waste.
    Donator: Sylvie Thomas - Course in NGO Maison Chance (2014)
  • Donor's reward for the crowdfunding campaign of I Believe We Can Fly Project. His name is written on a kite for children made by a kid using plastic waste.
    Donator: Speed17 - Course in NGO Bomnong L'or (2015)
  • Donor's reward for the crowdfunding campaign of I Believe We Can Fly Project. His name is written on a kite for children made by a kid using plastic waste.
    Donator: Vincent Thomas - Course in NGO Enfants d'Asie (2014)
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I would like to say:

This solo journey with none previous experience from a project organization to working – teaching children, end up to be a pure life-time experience.

Julien Thomas

Joyful Vietnamese schoolchildren are playing with a homemade kite made with upcycled plastic bags during a fun filled ecological course in Ho Chi Minh CityPhoto above: The first time a participated kid flew one of my kites.

Flowers from.. Waste


 

Teaching how to create flowers 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.