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HKBU students create Christmas corner with waste materials at Hong Kong International Airport to promote environmental protection

22 Dec 2014

Mr Andrea Ingrassia (left) and his students promote the concept of “Green Festivals”
Mr Andrea Ingrassia (left) and his students promote the concept of “Green Festivals”
Students create an environmentally friendly Christmas corner with wood waste at Hong Kong International Airport
Students create an environmentally friendly Christmas corner with wood waste at Hong Kong International Airport

Christmas displays in malls are getting bigger and these often end up in landfills alongside festive decorations disposed by households when the holiday season is over. The Task Force on Sustainable Campus of HKBU and students of the Sustainable Design course at the Academy of Visual Arts (AVA) jointly created an artistic environmentally friendly Christmas installation to arouse public concern on festival wastage. 

The group used waste materials such as discarded red wine boxes, wooden pallets, cartons and plastic bottle caps to create an environmentally friendly Christmas corner at end of aisle A of the Departures Hall, Terminal 1 in Hong Kong International Airport, which will be on display from 13 December 2014 to 2 January 2015. Through the art, they introduce to the community a low carbon culture in the hope of promoting the concept of “Green Festivals” and arousing the general public to reflect on the problem of festival wastage so as to elevate their environmental awareness and at the same time enjoy an artistic Merry Green ChRRRRistmas. 

The environmentally friendly Christmas corner incorporates the 4R environmental principles – reuse, reduce, recycle and renewable energy – while the materials used are wood waste. AVA teacher and students creatively turned the wood waste into simple environmentally friendly Christmas decorations. Also on display at the venue are the Christmas decorations jointly made by HKBU green volunteer team “BU GreenieS” and students of Mary Rose School at a recent “Inclusive Green Christmas Workshop”. 

Activities will be held daily from 10 am to 8 pm during the exhibition period. These include an environmental Christmas workshop, a knowledge test on the 4Rs, “Let’s Ride! Pedal up the Christmas lights and Green Festivals”, and “I Do! – One Pledge One Veg Campaign”. Participants who pledge to keep in mind the principle of environmental protection when they celebrate a festival in the future can take a photo at the display corner as a sign of their commitment. For every photo, the University and the Vegetable Marketing Organization will jointly give a pack of local organic vegetables to disadvantaged members of the community. 

The activity is supported and assisted by the Airport Authority Hong Kong who provided the venue for free and contributed most of the waste materials used to produce the installation. When the activity ends, reusable materials will be kept for future use. Those that cannot be reused will be categorised for recycling so as to lessen the burden on landfills.