Discover our Eco Workshops in Siem Reap !June 19, 2017
The Soulcial Trust Team has launched its “Clean Green Cambodia” Eco Workshops (www.CleanGreenCambodia.org). Combining environmental awareness workshops and touristic activities, the workshops raise awareness about social and environmental issues in developing countries, and particularly in Cambodia. Siem Reap, gateway to the Angkor Temples, is a major touristic city in Cambodia. However, like the whole country, Siem Reap suffers from pollution and the non-preservation of its environment.
We offer our Eco Workshops to any visitors wishing to learn more about the environmental initiatives and making their stay more eco-friendly. By booking our eco workshops, visitors are able to participate in environmental workshops conducted by the different partners involved in the project. To coordinate this and the other projects of the Soulcial Trust three new colleagues have joined the team this week. Solenn, Manon and Margot took part in the the eco workshop along with current team member Emilie and the social workers involved in our project. Here is a brief description of their experience …
At Naga Earth, recycling is the priority !
Tim, the director of Naga Earth gave us a tour of his environmental workshop to discover how they create biofuel and soap from used cooking oil through various processes. During this visit we discovered the Precious Plastic Machine, an initiative created by volunteers allowing the social enterprise to collect old plastic and shred it, in order to use it again. His team member Sharon then introduced us to their paper recycling programme. Surprisingly, the process was very simple ! Water, cornflour and pieces of paper are enough to make brand new sheets, which can then be used for professional printing, writing, drawing, etc. We then learned about their plastic recycling process. This involves heating plastic bags up to 170°C to reuse the molten plastic to make almost anything, from a drinking cup to an umbrella !. Finally, we learned how to create our own floral wall with plastic bottles. By cutting through the top and middle of the bottle you can stack the bottles and make a beautiful green creation. It is an easy and a very pleasant way to recycle.
At Rehash Trash, women are creative artisans!
During this visit, we learned how to weave plastic with the help of the women who work at the social enterprise and who come from disadvantaged backgrounds. Thanks to their social reintegration, they are now craftswomen with special skills and talents ! This exchange was truly heart-warming and charming for both the discovery of a new use for plastic bags and the bond created with our teachers. The plastic, collected from the streets of Siem Reap is the only material used. We learnt how to make bowl, bracelets, key-rings and rugs, among other household items.
At Kumae, banana trees are given a new life !
Kumae (the Japanese pronunciation of Khmer) is an initiative established to give job opportunities to people working in the dumpsite, outside of Siem Reap. Kumae gives the artisans the opportunity to choose their job within the NGO and take part in a sustainable environmental project. The ecological process implemented involves extracting the bark from banana trees to create recycled paper. We learnt how this paper is then used to make beautiful and original fashion accessories, post cards, bookmarks… The products are sold under the brand Ashi, which is growing successfully as an eco brand. These workshop visits demonstrate social and environmental issues and build bridges between tourists and locals. They give the tourists the chance to share amazing moments with the workers from the social enterprises where the workshops take place, and to learn amazing tips they can reuse in their daily lives to preserve their environment.