Using Upcycling To Spread Waste Management Awareness Among Students

This week we used upcycling as a means to teach students how to manage waste better.

Our Interns Gayathri and Prashanth noticed that the students of Rajkiya Prathmik Vidyalaya Primary school in Pundukeshwar sat on worn out mats. These mats were thin and torn in various places.

They saw this as an opportunity to teach the students about the usefulness of upcycling.

Upcycling saris to make mats

The students were informed about the activity a week in advance so that they have enough of old saris to work with. They remained faithful to the cause and brought back old, worn out saris from their mothers, aunts and even their school principal.

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The students cut the saris into 4 equal parts and braided them to make the mats PC: Prashanth

The students cut the saris into equal size vertical strips. They went outside their classrooms and held together three strips of the sari to braid it. The old saris were twisted and braided to make long cloth braids.

These braids were then rolled together to make a circular coaster shape held together by various threads.

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The students will now be using these mats in their classrooms PC: Prashanth

The students also made a mat using a sheet of plastic filled with holes. Small pieces of sari cloth were cut out. These were pulled out through the holes in the plastic held together with a knot at the other end.

The students sat around the mat and did not budge till they finished making what now looks like a colourful Alladin’s magic mat!

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The students used a big sheet of plastic to make this mat PC: Prashanth

Origami and paper mache lessons in Pandukeshwar

Next, they taught the students origami using old newspapers.

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Teaching kids origami PC: Gayathri

This was a fun activity for the students where they made birds, frogs, flowers and butterflies with the newspapers given to them. They were given the theme, ‘Valley of Flowers’ which was brought out perfectly in their artwork.

It was as though the valley had come alive in the classroom!

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The origami and paper mache activities engaged the students and also gave the interns a chance to teach them about waste management PC: Gayathri

Their classroom now looks like a replica of the valley with butterflies, birds and multi coloured flowers stuck all over the classroom walls.

Poonam Ma’am, principle of the school, was delighted to see the artistic side of the students.

Paper mache was a big hit among these young Picassos. The students learnt how to make vases using paper mache this week. Once again, keeping the theme in mind, they decorated the vases with flowers.

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The students loved trying their hand at paper mache PC: Gayathri

Some learning on waste management 

Apart from this, students were shown a video on waste management. The video focussed on waste segregation and it’s benefits. The motive behind this was to teach the students the need for proper waste disposal.

They were also taught how to segregate waste so that they can practice the same in their homes.

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GT intern Prashanth spoke about waste segregation to the students PC: Gayathri

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Geetika Basapa

Geetika Basapa

Geetika Basapa is an assistant green trails coordinator at Indiahikes. She holds nature close to her heart and is working towards bettering environmental conditions. Working on her organic farm and playing football are few things she loves. An avid trekker, she has endured the freezing Chadar trek. She also loves to pen down her experiences in her sketch book.

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