The Plastic Project aims to educate the local community on being mindful as consumers and how to identify the plastics they consume and spread awareness about how to reduce plastic waste. They recycles plastic waste from beach clean-ups and households goods into reusable goods, such as homeware, jewelry, and furniture, and receive over 100kg of HDPE2 plastics from the community every week, and is ever increasing!
Aside from organizing beach clean-ups, they also facilitate educational workshops such as maker workshops and seminars, and hope to integrate their plastic education into school curriculum in Singapore. They’ve already turned over 500 kilograms of plastic into coasters, earrings and carabiners this year, said founder Amber Soong, who has seen the catastrophic consequences of poor waste management involving massive fumes in developing countries.
She worked as a diving instructor on Thai, Philippine and Indonesian islands for five years before the pandemic forced her home. Though those islands are all known for their beautiful diving sites, it’s what she found above the waterline that painted a different picture. Mountains of clothing, diapers and bottles were piled up and thrown in flames every week with no attempt to sort or recycle. That inspired her to champion the issue back home in Singapore.
But the situation back home wasn’t much different for Amber. Despite its reputation as a “clean and green” city, Singapore’s recycling efforts were “minimal” and not what you’d expect from a first-world country. Singapore recycled even less of its plastic waste over the years, which along with failing to recycle most of its paper and glass, puts the city-state in the hall of shame compared to its Asian peers.
The 4% of plastic recycled in 2020 — a constant since 2018 — is exactly why 500-or-so volunteers have united behind The Plastic Project to turn plastic waste into stylish housewares and inspire youth to be environmentally conscious. In less than a year, the community has amassed more than 500 volunteers through word of mouth and organize by chat, where they frequently share dialogues on environmental issues and dates for helping process plastic waste.
The Plastic Project invites you to join them to close the plastic loop together as a community.