The image of women separating rubbish at public places in Ha Trung ward, Ha Long city, Quang Ninh province is becoming increasingly familiar. This is how women at the world 's natural wonders repel the threat of plastic waste.
Many public construction works in Ha Trung Ward, Ha Long City, Quang Ninh Province are built from a special material: plastic bricks. Not born in specialized factories, plastic bricks were created by the hands of women in the local area. Plastic water bottles, filled with used plastic bags and paper, not only prevent waste from being discharged into the environment but also become a new useful material to build public facilities to serve the needs of the residents here.
Statistics of the Department of Natural Resources and Environment of Quang Ninh Province reveal that the total amount of domestic solid waste generated in the province is 1,200 tons/day. Particularly, plastic waste accounts for a large portion, making landfill sites in most localities overloaded. Recycling plastic waste is an effective solution that people in Ha Long, site of the world’s natural wonder Ha Long Bay, can do.
Plastic bricks are the only part of the community protection activities of women in Ha Trung Ward. For one year, the Green Development Support Center (Greenhub) in cooperation with
The Women’s Union of Ha Trung Ward has built a project to collect scrap and sort plastic bottles to make Ecobrick - becoming one of the leading wards in Vietnam working with the pioneering Women's Union for the proactive prevention and positive improvement of plastic waste pollution. Many women earn extra income by collecting plastic bottles and scrap, and creating high-quality recycled products that can be marketed.
Apart from visiting each household to mobilize and collect each beer can, paper cover, small plastic bottles, etc., the sales or sorting of scraps is also conducted publicly in crowded locations to attract as much attention as possible.
“We do not do silent work, nor do I consider the collection and separation of waste as a disturbing job. Thus, we organize these activities directly in public areas so that many people would notice. At first, they can be curious; then they will feel it meaningful and participate as well as contribute recyclable waste to the program, together spreading more positive actions to the community. This is a revolution in awareness,” said Ms. Dao Thi Huyen - Chairman of Ha Trung Women’s Union, Ha Long city.
The PAN Project (Plastic Action Network) - The plastic waste reduction, reuse and recycling action network built by the Centre for Supporting Green Development (GreenHub) in cooperation with
Launched in 2013, Ekocenters are kiosks supported by
Using solar cells, Ekocenter is able to filter and create clean water that people can use straight from the tap. Associated with cultural centers, Ekocenter also has a library or computer with Internet and wifi connection to serve the community. It is an ideal place for the locals to interact and participate in activities such as skills training, online learning, and playing sports. The roof, equipped with solar panels, will provide enough energy for daily activities at the Ekocenter.
Coca-Cola Vietnam also directs Ekocenters towards the social enterprise model operated by women from the communities where these are located. This is part of
Currently, there are 12 Ekocenters built by
In addition to community values,
Accordingly, apart from creating more useful community activities for the locals across the region, Ekocenter Dong Thap also contributed to creating more resonant values for female businesses and local female labour. A part of the profits generated from the social enterprises' business activities will continue to be invested in the Ekocenter's social programs, bringing sustainable values to the local community in general.
“Through the social enterprise model, women in Dong Thap and women in other provinces will have more opportunities to participate in the center’s activities, thereby sharing experiences and improving their abilities and business performance, as well as having a stable income,” said Ms. Ta Thu Thuy, who was proposed by the Vietnam Women Entrepreneurs Council (VWEC) to become the manager at Ekocenter Dong Thap.
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Those referred to by
In Vietnam, 5by20 is concretized by the E-learning program with the goal of providing knowledge and ability to run a business, complete financial planning so that women can be confident and deploy business activities in order to improve the family economy, as well as develop the local economy and contribute to the society.
With World Without Waste (WWW) and Ekocenter,
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As one of the first 12 US companies returning to Vietnam as soon as the two countries normalize relations,
In a more than 100 page-report recently published by PwC, which focuses on the period of 2016-2018,
In the same period,
Furthermore, US$ 1.7 million has also been invested by
In the 10-year journey of bringing clean water to the community,
Coca-Cola factories in Vietnam are always equipped with the best technology. Many of
Nutiboost fruit milk is one such example. Being introduced into Vietnam very early, this product quickly dominated the market and has high sales. Thanks to the success in the Vietnam market,
Meanwhile, new products such as