By The Nation
The Nestle team collected mostly small items of trash, including plastic straws, rubber bands and bottle caps.
They then sorted the waste for reuse in social projects such as the Rubber Band DIY Physical Therapy Tool by Burapha University, which turns used rubber bands into a body-stretching device to help heal and strengthen children, hospital patients, disabled people and the elderly.
Plastic straws are used in another project that Nestle (Thai) supports in collaboration with Village Health Volunteers, which is the “Healthy Pillow” project.
Discarded straws are cleaned and sterilised, then used to stuff pillows that are distributed to bedridden patients in households and hospitals to help prevent bedsores.
Nestle (Thai) helps to educate Thais to be more aware about plastic waste and how it affects the environment, so that they can manage it more responsibly to reduce the impact on nature and take a more sustainable approach to living.
The company also collaborates with the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), such as in a recent project in which volunteer staff from Nestle’s water factory in Surat Thani, together with volunteers from its other business units in the South, collected waste from a beach in Surat Thani to help improve the area where the company operates its business.
In another conservation activity, Nestle arranged together with the WWF for the release of over 300,000 baby blue swimming crabs on Koh Sed, to help rebalance the Thai marine ecosystem.