Youth and women empowerment through plastic recycling

Recycling provides many benefits to the environment by creating a healthier planet for the present and future generations. Recycling also reduces the need to extract resources such as timber, water, and minerals for new products. Bearing these benefits in mind, around 20 women, mostly housewives and youths, in Sarpang, dedicated three weeks to mastering the craft of repurposing plastic waste into valuable products.

From handbags to purses to carpets, the participants learned to craft a variety of items using plastics, equipping them with skills to generate additional income for themselves and their families.

“When we tell people that our products are made from plastic waste, it fascinates the people and encourages them to buy our products. With these new skills, we can support ourselves financially,” said Tshering Pelmo, a participant.

The training is part of a project supported by the Bhutan Trust Fund. Chogyal Lhamo, the founder of Women Recycler of Bhutan, a non-profit organisation, said that the women will have the opportunity to sell their recycled products through an outlet in Thimphu.

The Women Recycler of Bhutan has trained women in different districts and plans to further expand its reach. Their next training will be held at Singye Gewog in Saprang.

The training which concluded today was conducted to empower women by equipping them with waste recycling skills. It is also to raise awareness about waste management practices.

Karma Wangdi, Sarpang

Edited by Sonam Pem

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