‘REDUCE REUSE RECYCLE’

VIVANT  UNTAMED EARTH  NATURE  CLUB

Pupils’  Own  Trust ( POT )

MumbaDevi  VidyaMandir & M M  Pupils’  Own  School

 ‘REDUCE  REUSE  RECYCLE’

Thursday, 22nd  September  2016

The  theme  for  the  programme  was  ‘REDUCE  REUSE  RECYCLE’  and  we  added, ‘RETHINK’  to  make  it  very  appropriate for  today’s times. This  mantra  was  unheard  in  the  days  gone  by, although the  individual  practices were  commonplace  in  every  household. It  was  how  a  generation  lived, in spite  of  the  different  socio  economic  levels. The  idea,  therefore,  was  to  identify  and  rediscover  why  this  mantra  is  so  relevant  in  today’s  times  and  hence  the  ‘RETHINK” !

As  a  preamble  to  the  main  programme  in  the  schools  on  the  22nd, we convened  a  meeting  with  the  volunteer  team  at  the  clinic. A  lot of  activities were  tossed  up  to  exemplify  the  theme. However, we  wished  to  answer  the  question, WHY ?  and  not  WHAT ? or  HOW ? … this  led  to  an  interesting  discussion  which  was  followed  by  the  demonstration  of  an  activity  to  highlight ‘REUSE”  … turn  the  old  news  paper  in  to  a  utility  carry  bag.

The  22nd  morning  was  very  cloudy  and  it  had  been  raining  the  previous  night. Amidst  the  threats  of  a  wet  and  a  very  submerged  Mumbai, we  set  off  for  the  school. The  presentation  on  ‘REDUCE  REUSE  RECYCLE’  … a  RETHINK !  by  Dr  Sanjeev  Shevade  highlighted  the  reasons  to  preach  as  well  as  practice  this  mantra  of  conservation  today. He  took  the  children  back  in  time  to  highlight  the  environment  friendly  lifestyle  of  our  previous  generations  and  urged  everyone  identify  practices  which could  be  best  integrated  in  today’s  life  styles. He  also  highlighted  how  to  be  impervious  to  the  media  hype  which fuels  our  buying  and  takes  us  beyond  our  ’needs’  to  ’perceived  needs’  or  ’wants’ !

The  presentation  was  followed  by  the  students  crafting utility  paper  carry  bags  created  out  of  old  newspapers. The  volunteers,  the  members  of  the  foundation and  members  of  POT  who  were  present   helped  in  the  activity. The  students  took  their  creations  home  to  share  with  the  family  and  put  them  to  a  good  use, avoiding  the  use  of  an  additional   plastic  carry  bag !

There  were  also  illustrations  of  crafting  beautiful  utility  articles – ‘beautility  articles’ -  from  old  and  used  items, such  as  a  Pen  Stand  or  a  Planter  from  an  old  plastic  water  bottle, a  cloth  sling  bag  made  from  an  old  pair  of  trousers  …. the  students  were  also  asked  to  take  their  imagination  and  creativity  to  new  heights  and  conjure  up  creating  such  ‘beautility’  articles. They  were  also  urged  to  incorporate  the  mantra  of  ‘REDUCE  REUSE  RECYCLE’  in  to  their  every  day  living.

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Demonstration : Getting  ready  for  the  programme

Demonstration : Getting ready for the programme

 

The  'Reduce  Reuse  Recycle'  Mantra

The ‘Reduce Reuse Recycle’ Mantra

 

Members  of  the  Pupils'  Own  Trust  &  SVS

Members of the Pupils’ Own Trust & SVS

 

SVS  explaining  the  'WHY'  of  the  'REDUCE  REUSE  RECYCLE"  to  the  students

SVS explaining the ‘WHY’ of the ‘REDUCE REUSE RECYCLE” to the students

 

Involved  with  the  activity and  enjoying :)

Involved  with  the  activity  and  enjoying  it :)

 

A  plastic  water  bottle  turned  in  to  a  'beautility'  article

A used  plastic water bottle turned in to a ‘beautility’ article

 

KT  and  HK  helping  the  students

KT and HK helping the students

 

The  team  of  volunteers  demonstrating  and  helping  the  students  with  the  activity

The team of volunteers demonstrating and helping the students with the activity

 

The  happy  students  displaying  the  Carry  Bags  created  from  old  news  papers

The happy students displaying the Carry Bags created from old news papers

 

A  Pen Stand  and  Planters  created  out  of  used  water  bottles

A Pen Stand and Planters created out of used water bottles

 

Sling  Bag  from  Old  Trousers  and  Photo  Frame  from  used  Cardboard  Box

Sling Bag from Old Trousers and Photo Frame from used Cardboard Box

 

… now  we  are  all  getting  ready  for  the  next  programme :)

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