Thap Sakae School transforms beverage cartons into eco-friendly building material
SIG partners with Thai retailer CP All to support the launch of the “Green Café” pilot project at Thap Sakae School in Thailand, which aims to educate and nurture environmental consciousness directly in the community.
The project is a collaboration between SIG, CP All and its partners to build a Green Café that is made of recycled materials.
To promote the recycling of used beverage cartons, SIG partnered with Advance Mat, an engineering materials researcher, to repurpose used beverage cartons into roof tiles and 3D decorative wall panels for the café. This initiative underscores SIG’s goal of using renewable resources and reducing long-term environmental impact.
The Green Café aims to promote proper recycling practices and improve the collection processes of recyclables. Students will be able to practice environmental stewardship through practices such as recycling and waste separation. In addition to promoting environmental initiatives, the project also provides hands-on learning opportunities for students as they actively manage the café and gain practical experience in service delivery.
Vatcharapong Ungsrisawat, Regional Director for Thailand, Laos, Burma and Cambodia at SIG said: “This project is aligned with SIG’s ambition to provide packaging for better – better for our customers, for consumers, and the world. Our sustainability commitment is to significantly increase the recycling of beverage cartons globally and to become net positive by contributing more to society and the environment than we take out – across our value chain. Through this new initiative, we hope to create further positive impact by educating the youth about recycling and pave the way for future expansion of the project across more than 524 schools nationwide.”
“SIG is committed to working with others to increase the collection and recycling of used beverage cartons, leading the transition to a circular economy. Packaging recycling is an industry-wide issue, and SIG works with many different stakeholders, including industry associations, customers, consumers, and national and local governments. Through these collaborations, SIG aims to bring about a positive behavioural change among the public towards a more sustainable lifestyle,” added Vatcharapong.