Our partner organization Mealdey starts the fight against plastic and pollution in Battambang / Cambodia. Mealdey will reduce the consumption of plastic, recycle or reuse the existing plastic waste, reuse glass and will help farmers in the region by growing plants that can be used to make plastic alternatives to show more opportunities to diversify their income. The development of a model farm that is sufficient to feed a family is already in full swing.
Mealdey will manufacture products that are useful, durable and can be used again and again, e.g. Floor or wall tiles, roof tiles, bags, buttons, lampshades, etc. Glass is shredded and is used as a water filter. In some regions there are still problems with the water supply, with a glass sand water filter it is possible to drink rainwater.
In the field of agriculture, a concept is to be developed with the region's farmers and other organizations, which will help both the farmers and at the same time produce plants that can be used as an alternative to plastic. These are e.g. Hemp, agave, jute etc.
Mealdey is also working on future agricultural nutrition concepts. This is how a model farm is emerging that is sufficient to feed a family. Our partner organization is already looking for suitable partners to build a model farm that will feed an entire village. Permaculture will be the basis of all farm projects.
Since plastic is an integral part of clothing, the cultivation of hemp can counteract this. Mealdey wants to show alternatives that can be used all over the world.
Future jobs at Mealdey will be filled by women and disadvantaged people from poor and rural regions. In this way, Mealdey also helps women and disadvantaged people to live more independently.
Mealdey has also played an important role in relation to education in the area of sustainability. Workshops are already taking place in villages and schools, cleanups are being organized and awareness of the environment is being raised.
The social aspect is an equally important part of Mealdey. Our partner organization is currently building two schools out of plastic bottles (Ecobricks). In this way houses for poor families and other schools can be built. Also the improvement of the income situation e.g. Mealdey focuses on waste collection families. Here, the purchase of the required plastic waste at a higher price than is customary in the market should bring about change.