“DOBRAG” (Bag) Project kicks off

On the occasion of the International Day to Reduce Trash, the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA), in cooperation with DESMEEM and MENA Design Research Center, the Municipality of Bourj Hammoud, Mesrobian College, and JMP–L, is launching the “DOBRAG” (meaning bag in Armenian) Project.

The project aims to reduce the use of plastic bags and to raise awareness about ways it could be reused. The project is being launched given the fact that the quantity of plastic bags that are used in Lebanon is large, which leads to increased waste and environmental pollution.

The project is being launched within the framework of the DESMEEM Project, whose main goal is to adopt various ways to reuse plastic bags and extend the lifespan of their usage.

As part of this project, an Environmental Protection Day will be organized on Saturday, 2 June 2012, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., in the courtyard of Mesrobian College. The event aims to raise awareness among the inhabitants of the area on the dangers of plastic bags waste accumulation.

The following participants will take part in the different meetings which will take place as part of this project: Women participants from the JMP–L Community Development Program, representatives from Armenian scout groups, and students from several Armenian schools (Armenian Catholic Mesrobian High School, Saint Agnes School of Armenian Sisters of Immaculate Conception, Levon and Sophia Hagopian Armenian College, Armenian Evangelical Torosian School, and Armenian Evangelical Shamlian Tatigian Secondary School).

In the above-mentioned schools, boxes have already been placed where students have been collecting plastic bags brought from their homes. They will then bring the collected bags with them at the Saturday event. Under the supervision of a group of artists, the students will then design new objects using these plastic bags. This activity will be repeated on an hourly basis, leading to various suggestions about the reuse of plastic bags.

JMP–L’s Community Development Program team strongly believes that activities aimed at environmental protection are necessary in our community, which can develop in a complete and sustainable manner not only through social projects, but also through economic, health-related, and environmental activities.