Treasure the Tampered Trash


Tamil Nadu


Ambika Soundarapandian


Durga Shree. S,

Rosilva Anto A,

Brindha S,

Abisheka Keerthana. U,

Ajai. R,

Jenish Vicmon. A,

Step 1 FEEL

1. Today's youngsters are addicted to drugs like 'Coollips' that could make them physically present and mentally absent and that could lead to oral cancer. We wanted to free them from drugs. 2. Students are not able to select the right course for their desired vocation. 3. People are addicted to their smartphones and social media which suppresses their creativity. 4. Lots of paper is wasted in different ways in our society which is dangerous to our environment. 5. Children from poor background need to know about their right to education.

We chose the problem 'Save Paper' as it is the largest issue we face today. If we keep on wasting papers it will reduce the tree resource which leads to the disruption of the ecosystem and leads to disaster.

All living beings of this world are affected by this problem. Because papers are made out of trees which moderates the global temperature and if we destroy papers we are indirectly destroying the trees. We will lose all the benefits received from trees.


1. Awareness to conserve paper should be given to everyone. 2. Rally could be organised. 3. Waste papers could be converted into useful objects. 4. Previous years textbooks could be used by the following year students. 5. Using newspaper to wrap the notebooks and thereby avoiding laminated brown sheets. 6. Collecting used papers from neighbourhood. 7. Online assignment submission.

1. We chose to give awareness to the students and public because they need to be educated about paper conservation. 2. Rally and street play would give a better impact on the proposed awareness to the public. 3. When we throw waste in dustbin it is not useful to anyone whereas if we convert them into usable products it would reduce the damage to the ecosystem. 4. People throw away the waste because they don't have time or intention to reuse or recycle. If we collect their waste and make it into usable products it could be used by someone else who needs it.

Step 3DO

1. We received awareness from NGO Facilitators and started spreading the message to our school mates and public through rally and street play. 2. We made tear off slips and letter pad from one sided paper and made rough note books from old notebooks that was collected from the public and our school mates. 3. We used calendar sheets and newspaper to wrap our books and notebooks. 4. We made paper bags from magazine papers and folders from used charts. 5. We made craft work from old papers that was soaked and grounded as paste.

1. Shopkeepers started using the paper bags made by us instead of plastic bags. 2. Students divided their pages from notebooks into two and used them wherever possible. 3. Our friends made tear off slips and started using them to note down the formulae. 4. Instead of tearing papers from their notebooks our friends are using papers from their old notebooks. 5. We are minimising the fonts to reduce the number of prints out.


1. Mrs. Sulochana, Sweeper "Amount of trash created in the class has been reduced and our work has been simplified." 2. Mr. Kumar, Petty shop owner "I have stopped buying plastic bags. I am happy to use your paper bags and give it to the customers."

1. Since we were from different groups we were not able to find time to discuss the proceedings of our project. We overcame this problem by meeting after school hours. 2. During our awareness session we were not able to make the crowd stay and listen to us. We requested them several times to stay and watch our awareness session. 3. People started teasing us while we started this project, but by looking at our persistent approach they started supporting us.


Responsible consumption and production

Paper is easily available and is taken for granted. If we continue to misuse this resource, sometime in the future we may suffer without paper. We may also suffer without trees. Hence we thought that paper has to be consumed responsibly and reused effectively.

Step 4 SHARE

1. We shared our project with our school mates through class wise campaign and they were willing to reduce and reuse paper. 2. We shared our project through rally and street play with the public which created an awareness among them. 3. We distributed pamphlets to the public which brought in huge amount of donations of old and used books and notebooks. 4. When we shared our project through Social Media we received positive response and appreciation from the public through FM and Face Book.

More than 100

Our School Eco Club has shared their willingness to continue our Project as part of their Eco Club Activity which would be continued through the years to come.