Plastic Project in South Africa: Turning Trash Into Treasure
December 2016, South Africa
Plastic pollution is a growing problem in the world. A huge amount of plastic bags now litter every ocean on Earth. Discarded plastic does horrendous damage to nature, causing untold suffering and death to aquatic life as well as birds and other animals.
Inspired by the Plastic Project at our headquarters, Amritapuri, our volunteers in South Africa have launched their own Plastic Project. The project aims to help curb plastic pollution while also creating long-term and sustainable employment for women in the community.
This is how it works: our volunteers collect used plastic bags, which are carefully sanitized. Next, the plastic is crocheted into bags, baskets and other items. Selling these treasures provides the women with some much-needed income. Excess profit from sales goes toward a local food program for disadvantaged children. At the Plastic Project booth, toys are also collected for the children.
This multifaceted project supports the local women, raises funds for the children and also turns trash into treasure helping to restore some balance to nature.