Saturday, May 30, 2009

4 lakh plastic bags reduced in 2 hours

You ask how ?

We took 8 students from St. Anne's, Malad for a plastic bag awareness drive in Hypercity- A supermarket in Malad, Mumbai. These kids managed to convince 112 citizens at Hypercity to curb their plastic bag consumption by at least 3 a week. A testimonial to that effect is the signatures of all 112 citizens. Which means these 112 citizens will cut down on their plastic bag consumption by 4 lakh in the next 30 years. And 4 lakh not counting the number of people they in turn convince to curb the use of plastic bags.

We also convinced customers that they could use one bag for all their vegetables instead of one for every single vegetable. This idea was well appreciated by the customers who were more than willing to try out the idea that very instant.

The off shoot of this drive of course was that the students (std 8 to 10) gained a lot of confidence in talking to strangers. The students went back home with broad grins knowing fully well the impact they had on the environment in a matter of 2 hours.

All this was made possible by 8 students from St. Anne's, Mrs. Seema (school teacher), Hypercity folks, Mumbai Rewind and of course all those who joined in the campaign by pledging their support for the cause.

- Karthik.

Friday, May 29, 2009

HyperCity - Education Drive

Tomorrow is a big day for Mumbai Rewind. 8 students from St. Anne's High School along with some volunteers are going to talk to HyperCity(Supermarket in Malad- Mumbai) customers and educate them about the damage plastic is causing to our environment and Mumbai is specific.

There will be a signature campaign and posters all around prompting customers to reduce and reuse plastic bags.

The students of course had to be trained to talk to these customers. The training sessions were fun filled with arenas as diverse as the school ground. They were taken through all sorts of real life scenarios they could face at HyperCity while interacting with customers.

We are sure these kids are going to reach out to as many as 100 customers and will bring down plastic consumption by a significant amount in HyperCity. More importantly if they convince even 50 people to reduce and reuse plastic bags by as many as 3 a week. That is a reduction of 2 lakh 34 thousand plastic bags in the life time of these 30 individuals. That is the effect these kids can have in a matter of a few hours.

The drive is going to be organized on 30th May 2009 from 2:30pm to 5pm. Join us in our drive:-)

- Karthik.