The IURC pilot cities of Maia (Portugal) and Seberang Perai (Penang, Malaysia) have produced and launched a series of eight “do-it-yourself” videos for stimulating community engagement in upcycling initiatives. The promotion of circular economy approaches has been at the centre of bilateral cooperation and several meetings have been held online and onsite in Portugal and Malaysia. Both cities have shared best practices, reintroducing current resources discarded as waste as an alternative to using raw materials to produce new products. With circular products, they are raising funds for charity and allowing youths to work closely with the elderly and vulnerable groups. The “Do It Yourself” video series can drive change and challenge youths/community members in both cities to play an active and dynamic role that will them to concrete results and contribute towards their respective Circular Economy Action Plans.
The videos are introduced by Susana Pinho from Maia Municipality, Carlos Mendes from Maiambiente (a European leader in waste management), and Principal Mrs. Lim Lean Yolk of the Convent Butterworth Secondary School (eco-school) in Penang with the support of Mr. Chew Eng Seng, Local 21 Agenda Officer at the Seberang Perai City Council.
The themes addressed in the “Do it your self” videos are:
- How to upcycle furniture to create a glass table?
- How to reuse old glass packing to make a vase of flowers? (upcycling)
- How to reuse old clothes? (Solutions so used clothes are turned into new)
- How to do home composting?
- How to reuse our leftovers? (Food waste)
- How to build a vertical garden with plastic bottles?
- How to upcycle hard to recycle plastics into baskets?
- How to upcycle old newspaper into household decorations?