Mondelez Philippines has successfully called to arms millions of Filipinos to donate used foil packs recycled into thousands of sturdy school chairs for donation.
Dubbed Project Recyclass, it aims to help solve the country’s looming waste problem and school chair shortage by giving new life to trash that would otherwise end up filling landfills and clogging water ways.
Greenpeace 5.6 million kilos of plastic waste everyday while the Department of Education reports that the country is in dire need of 13.23 million school chairs.
Under Tang Galing Club, a long-running youth CSR campaign under powdered juice brand Tang, Project Recyclass targeted schools but later expanded to involve the community. Three million people from 50 barangays donated a whopping 11.6 million foil packs to cause, enough to produce 10,000 chairs.
The chairs were initially planned to be donated to 100 schools nationwide but was later changed to aid the children of Tacloban in the aftermath of Typhoon Yolanda last November. In February, Tang turned over 2,000 school chairs to 20 public elementary schools on of the hardest hit areas of the storm
“These may just be chairs, but the brand new hope that they help inspire can hopefully contribute to establishing normalcy in children’s lives,” Mondelez said in a statement.
“More importantly, may it inspire them and their parents alike that even big change can start with small and simple ideas. Like wanting to create a difference and like donating a used foil pack.”