As per World Vision Bangladesh’s observations, air pollution was highest in different parts of Tongi, from where the work started. Initially, his 60 people were selected for this project. Wastech provided training for them. They then used the plastic waste, as well as discarded glass bottles, cans and polyethylene, to make home decorations and other items. Vases, pen holders, fairy jar lights, eco bags, etc. These items will be sold at various fairs. Some places sell directly from their Facebook page. This product is also sold at the online shop. The selling price of the products ranges from Taka 50 to Taka 400.
Swarupa is a young woman who has been trained and is currently manufacturing these products. She is studying at university and making these items on the side. We had recently been to Swarupa in Ershad Nagar, Tongi. Explaining her work, she said that she did not need any primary investment as she collected her waste herself.
Cement, plaster of Paris, cardboard, paint, etc. were then needed to make new items from this waste. World Vision Bangladesh is providing all of this free of charge, said Jasim Uddin, the organization’s Tongi Zone program officer. He said local outlets have also been set up to sell these products.
Making these items is also a matter of creativity. I find joy in creating something completely new from something old. Swarupa enjoys it. She too earns around Tk3000 to Tk4000 per month. This income gives her confidence. She can use this money as she likes. She can use it for her studies and family needs.
This smart young man in town also has an attractive Facebook page. She uses it to sell her products.