The Plastic Bag Recycling Exhibition is a community outreach effort to urge citizens to kick the plastic bag habit, while advocating the habit of reducing, reusing and recycling plastic bags. The exhibition consists of ten giant, rolled-up plastic bag orbs, made up of 680 kg of recyclable plastic bags collected by approximately 20,000 primary school students from 10 primary schools in Klang Valley. These orbs can be spotted at various locations in Selangor including LRT stations and selected hypermarkets.
Commenting on Maya’s drive to help protect nature, Selangor’s Bukit Gasing state assemblyman YB Edward Lee said, “We are confident that over time, the habit of reducing plastic bags will help consumers in learning to protect the environment. Maya Karin is truly loved by her fans, and we hope that with her support and leadership, the plastic-less Saturdays will encourage more citizens in Selangor to adopt an greener lifestyle effortlessly.”
Statistics show that over 8 billion plastic bags have been used in Malaysia. As the most populated and urban state in the country, Selangor is a major contributor to that statistic. The Selangor government’s ‘No Plastic Bag Day’ campaign is dedicated in advocating against the indiscriminate use of plastics. Since January, the Selangor government has signed with 74 partners, representing more than 600 hypermarkets, malls, retail chains and bookstores in the state. It is estimated that the campaign has saved roughly 2 million plastic bags in its first 2 months of the campaign.
‘Maya Loves Nature’ (MLN) is an environmental awareness campaign that Maya Karin and her management team organise annually. Both Maya Loves Nature and No Plastic Bag Day campaigns not only share the same objectives, but also acknowledge the importance of conserving the environment through education.
“It had always been my dream to do something for the environment especially in a creative way like this,” said Maya. “Through the Maya Loves Nature and Plastic Bag Recycling Exhibition, we hope to increase awareness and to get the word out about the environmental issues.
“I hope that children would help pass the message on to their parents and relatives, and to not just stop at plastic bags. The list of things one can do to save the environment is endless. Let us prove that we can live the modern life and still care for the environment at the same time,” she continued.
The ten orbs were created by young Malaysian students from collections of plastic bags from their homes between 1 June and 31 July 2010. These plastic bags were then accumulated in respective schools. With the help of some volunteers together with the students tied and rolled those plastic bags into giant orbs.
This effort was celebrated at a ceremony at Stadium Putra Bukit Jalil with eco-conscious students from SK Bandar Baru Bangi Seksyen 7, SK Bandar Baru Bangi Seksyen 7, SK Seri Tasik, SK Puchong Perdana, SK Bangsar, SK Bandar Tun Hussein Onn 2, SK Bandar Tasik Selatan, SK Seksyen 20, SK Bukit Jelutong, SK Puncak Alam 2 and SK Setiawangsa.
Maya Karin, celebrity and founder of environmental initiative Maya Loves Nature and the Selangor state government has formed a multifaceted public-private cooperation with The Malaysian Plastics Manufacturers Association, RapidKL, Alam Flora, 1Utama, Subang Parade and Aeon Co. to launch a Klang Valley-wide Plastic Bag Recycling Exhibition from 18 August 2010 to 30 September 2010.
Location of the Orbs Exhibition
- Selangor State Government Office Building (SUK) Lobby
- Rapid KL Kelana Jaya LRT Station
- Rapid KL Ampang Park LRT Station
- Rapid KL Kerinchi LRT Station
- 1Utama Shopping Mall – Mural Wall
- Aeon Mahkota Cheras
- Subang Parade