Part of my job at the Foundation is to create a behavioural change amongst communities regarding waste management. From my interactions with villagers, I came to understand that creating a good circular economy model for small-island communities is key to reducing their dependence on oceans for livelihood and managing waste properly.
The Riau Islands Province celebrated National Waste Awareness Day on Feb. 27 with a half-day event filled with fun activities and stalls showcasing upcycled and recycled products from waste.
Ever wonder what to do with all of your unused, old clothes at home? Donating is one way to prevent them from going into landfills while also helping those in need. Another way is by upcycling them into new products, this is a fun activity that you can do at home using only simple tools and basic sewing skills. Below we show you some creative upcycling ideas:
Everything you need to know about our new waste bank initiative in Kiabu Village.
In Kiabu, non-recyclable waste like used pads are incinerated, an environmentally unfriendly waste management practice that can affect the physical well-being of the community and lead to air, land and water pollutions.
A busy first few months of 2021 marked the start of a new chapter for us here at the Foundation; in 2021, we are getting back to full speed to make up for the lost time due to the pandemic. What an exciting year for us as we have a line-up of new plans, strategies, activities and programs.
If you are visiting Kiabu Village and wondering what to eat there, here are the four traditional foods that are loved by the local community and true culinary delights:
Zairul has been working as a traditional farmer in Telaga Village for 16 years. He is one of the few people in the village who choose this profession where the rest of community opt to become fishermen instead.
Mangroves are important for the sustainability of tropical marine ecosystems as they offer plenty of benefits for the environment and humans.
Educating the local communities to manage their waste responsibly and keeping the ocean clean.