Bamboo Straw

Focus Area

Environment Sustainability and Green Technology

Short Description

We are aiming to reduce the usage of the disposable drinking straw that lead to serious plastic pollution in Malaysia by introducing alternative solution which is eco-friendly, the ultimate reusable bamboo straw. We empower the local indigenous and single mother by providing training and job opportunity to produce compostable bamboo straw set. We believe and sure that the level of awareness of the public will rise throughout this amazing journey.

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The Project

Project Owner

Lum Ja Son

Location

Perlis

Problem

Research shows a total of 34 percent of indigenous households in Malaysia are poor and unemployment; The young single mother remains jobless when they can’t take their eyes away from their children/baby. Meanwhile, Malaysia was one of the ASEAN country that contribute to plastic pollution and marine debris.

Solution

We provide training and job opportunity for the local indigenous and single mother. The local indigenous will source the bamboo from the wild to make bamboo straw, while the single mothers will sew straw pouch from upcycled fabric. Also, we educate the public for not using disposable plastic straw which is not sustainable in a way while introducing bamboo straw which is reusable and compostable.

Target Beneficiary

Local Indigenous and single mother in Malaysia. We train and provide job opportunity to them which fits their skills and high working flexibility. Besides, it able to create awareness among the people about the critical environmental issues that face by the world currently and they need to take immediate action to sustain their future life.

Impact Parameters

We measure the impact by evaluating the levels of knowledge acquisition and retention through assessment and testing the level of awareness of the people before and after they learn about the issues by sending out feedback form.

Project Endorsement

Supporter

We target the supporter from the millennials as they are more alert and concern about the issues happen around the world. Also, the information will reach them fast by using social media platforms such as Facebook and Instagram. When they received sustainability-related information from our post, they will act as our ambassador to share post and comment their thoughts. Then, their friend circle in Facebook will be impacted. More people will be aware of the initiatives we are doing, not for who, but for them, and their future.

Project Needs

Type of help needed

Funding

Project Cost

RM 12,000.00

Describe Needs

Cost for project as below:

DescriptionPrice/Unit (RM)QuantityAmount (RM)
 Bamboo Straw100033000
Pouch100055000
Straw Brush100033000
 Administration fees (Petrol, Logistic, Phone credit, Honorarium for volunteers )100011000 
Total cost12000

Milestone

12/7/2018 – Volunteer’s Recruitment
15/7/2018- End of Volunteer’s Recruitment
16/7 – 21/7/2018 – Assessing and Evaluating Volunteer’s application
22/7/2018 – Announcement of the shortlisted applicant- call for an interview
25/7 – 30/7- Phone interview the shortlisted applicant
1/8/2018 – Announcement of successful volunteer
10/8/2018- Field Visit to Orang Asli Base at Selangor and Single mother representative base at KL
15/8/2018 – Collect Cut Bamboo Straw from Orang asli’s representative and Pouch from single mother representative. At the same time, place order for straw brush.
20/8/2018 – Online Pre-order and Online Campaign Start. The design team will be working on the packaging and logo of the product. Marketing Team will liaise with media to get exposure. Product team will start adding value to the product while Sales Team will respond to feedback from the customer.
30/8/2018- Pre-order of products end.
1/9/2018 – Physical booth at UniMAP New intake Orientation’s week to sell product, at the same time delivery the product to pre-order clients via post
3/9/2018 – Postmortem and Wrap up. End of Phase 1. Preparation for Phase 2, collaborating with other’s NGO and the local university to multiply the effect.
We need resources such as stock from the supplier, Manpower to support the project, Large exposure from the media to spread the message and create awareness. We will manage and fully utilise the fund to make sure everything go on plan.

Voting start date: 21/06/2018

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  • Sampah,Menyampah congratulates you on this endeavor! we are doing similar project now for one year with a OA couple and sell setraw asli only, no pouches. do contact us [email protected]– we can share our experiences of QC and sales with you. carolyn lau.

  • The initiative is good because:
    1. Helps to contribute to a more greener environment because the material that the drinking straws are made from can degrade and convert into compost.
    2. Helps to empower the single mother family’s livelihood if such micro enterprise that can spring from such initiative is successful. Additional source of income for the family.
    3. Can prevent the riverine basins to be clogged if discarded plastic straws.
    4. Can help in sustainable development which is what the world body like United Nations is helping to promote.
    5. Overall bamboo is a versatile material and can be easily make into drinking straws at very low and competitive costs vis-a-Vis plastic straws.

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