What is the “seventh resource”? According to the Bureau of International Recycling (BIR), we should bear in mind that besides the primary natural resources water, air, coal, oil, natural gas and minerals, a seventh resource is getting more and more important: recyclables. Therefore, on March 18ththe first Global Recycling Day took place. The objective of the BIR initiative is to make people rethink their attitude towards recyclables, stress the great importance of recycling for the future of our planet, create global connections and unite the world’s approach to recycling. All over the world, events and activities focusing on the motto “reduce, reuse, recycle” were organized. Individuals did not only have the opportunity to participate in these activities and obtain information on the project’s website, but also show their commitment by signing a petition asking the United Nations to take concrete action for a united approach towards recycling. Green Pearls® highlights a few examples to show what happened on that day and what is possible everyday in terms of recycling.
Paddle against plastic
The Gili Lankanfushi team promotes a more responsible use of plastic by means of numerous initiatives such as regular staff trainings and a strict “no plastic policy”. For the plastic pollution of the oceans presents a major threat to the sensitive ecosystem of the underwater world surrounding the resort island on the Maldives. Therefore, the marine biology team at Gili Lankanfushi organized an endurance event called “Paddle against Plastic”on Global Recycling Day: members of the Gili team covered a distance of 14 kilometers; stand up paddling and on the route collecting plastic from the ocean surface. This way they once more stood up against the overuse of plastic on the Maldives and for raising awareness of this issue.
Stylish fashion made of plastic waste
A beach and ocean cleanup took place two days earlier, on March 16th, in the province Chumphon in Thailand. It was led by Thailand’s Minister of Tourism and Sports, Weerasak Kowsurat and supported by numerous government officials, volunteers and 75 open water divers. The initiative “Upcycling the Oceans, Thailand” operates not only on Recycling Day, but also anytime and anywhere in Thailand. It was founded in cooperation of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), the non-profit organization Ecoalf Foundation and the petrochemical company PTT Global Chemical Public(PTTGC) aiming at an organized and systematic waste collection by coordinating all fishers and beach cleaning associations during the project term from 2017 to 2019. But that is not all: the collected plastic is transformed into threads and finally fabric that is used by the fashion label Ecoalf to produce stylish clothing or accessories like shoes and bags.
Creative ways of recycling in India
The CGH Earth Hotels in India demonstrate the great range of what can be recycled in hotel business and how. For example, in the biogas plant of Coconut Lagoon food waste is transformed into gas for cooking. Eco-friendly manure for the garden is produced from the remaining slurry in combination with dry leaves. The sewage ofCoconut Lagoon is treated and used for the irrigation of the garden and for toilet flushing. At Spice Village, part of the furniture in the rooms is made of recycled pinewood from packing cases. There is also a handmade paper center processing old newspapers and magazines at Spice Village. According to a century-old method, using the crown of pineapples as an adhesive, the small team produces paper for letters, invitations or manuals.