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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2555

Waste matter converted to wealth

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Colombo, 03 August, (Asiantribune.com):The Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has undertaken a Rs 800 million housing project to build 400 houses for the Tsunami victims in the areas of Kalmunai, Amparai, Batticaloa and Trincomalee.

While JICA is awarding these houses to the victims they also have undertaken to train these affected people with some handicraft making skills so that they could earn some income.

Some of these handicrafts made by the Tsunami Victims were displayed at the JICA stall at the Environmental Education Exhibition held at the BMICH on 28, 29 and 30 July to coincide the 25th Anniversary of the Central Environmental Authority.

Most of the exhibits depicted how to preserve and protect the environment and JICA handicraft display too contributed to this end as many of the items turned out are from waste matter. It not only used waste matter, but also turned the waste matter into wealth.

One of the displayed items was a teddy-bear made of ‘Wetakolu’ waste. Some of the other items turned out are: artificial flowers made out of sequins and beautiful handbags made out of dry water-hysinth waste.

JICA would market these items either in Sri Lanka or in Japan and due to the novelty of the items and the contribution they made to environment there could be a heavy demand for these handicraft items.

There were several other displays covering such areas like low cost waste water purification, various methods of using waste matter for commercial purposes, like producing bio-gas, organic fertilizer, biodiversity, flora and fauna conservation etc.

- Asian Tribune -

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