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
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.
Courses organized and lead by Julien Thomas.
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.
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!
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: LARGE SMILES can occur after children have turned waste into kites.
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)
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.
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