Sustainability ReportEcoWorld EcoFestival by Biji-biji Initiative
IndexNo.TitlePage1.Foreword32.Project Brief4-53.Sustainability Indicators6-74.Sustainable Economy8-95.Waste Materials: Purchased96.Local Procurement107.Employment118.Social Impact Generated12-209.Raising Awareness1310.Skills Sharing1411.Gender Equality15-1612.Open Source Development17-2013.Environmental Gains21-2514.Waste Materials Upcycled22-2315.Waste Reduction2416.Green Technology2517.Recommendations26-2718.Project in Review28-30
ForewordJuliana Adam WongProject ManagerBeing the first of its kind in Malaysia highlighting upcycling as its main theme, showcasing various forms of ways to lead an environmentally conscious and sustainable lifestyle, as well as being an event that doesnt generate as much waste as a normal festival would, the EcoFestival definitely created waves and lived up to its name.
In this Sustainability Report, you will find in-depth reports and statistics of different economic, social and environmental elements that are related to the project. This is our way of saying thank you for doing your part in creating a greener and more sustainable way of living.
Overall, we believe that the EcoFestival was a major success, and a great test of collaboration between two entities. We look forward to bigger and greater partnerships with EcoWorld in the near future.
Kudos to all teams involved!
Project BriefThe EcoWorld EcoFestival was held in conjunction with the World Environment Day celebrations, and was held in 3 different regions in Malaysia: Penang, Johor and Kuala Lumpur. The EcoFestival showcased a variety of different elements related to the environment and sustainable living, through different engaging activities such as educational talks, a wholesome bazaar, waste art installations and upcycled furniture showcases. The talks were conducted by prominent speakers in the field of green living, and touched on sustainable neighborhood building as a whole, to how individual households can create an ecological and economical living environments. The bazaar, on the other hand, exposed the audience to various environmental-related organizations that touches on different aspects, including agriculture, well-being and lifestyle.
The overall ambience of the EcoFestival was of an upcycled theme, where Biji-biji Initiative produced furniture out of waste materials. This includes building from used plastic bottles, pallet wood, oil drums, discarded metal pipes, tree logs, and bamboo poles.
Project BriefAdditionally, Biji-biji Initiatives open-source concept and principles of alternative energy generation were also on display through an aqua phonic installation, singing plants installation, and also bicycle-powered lighting and juicer installations.
There was also a waste-art installation, the Tree of Life, which was made utilizing broken bicycle rims, plastic bottles and metal off-cuts. The Tree of Life is set as a permanent feature in EcoSky, Kuala Lumpur, where it is attached to a bicycle-generator that powers up LED lights hanging from the tree.
Used plastic bottles filled with colored water makes up the Tree of Life
Sustainability IndicatorsEconomicLocal ProcurementPercentage of materials sourced from local and international suppliersFair wagesHow many times more is the wage earned by permanent staff compared to minimum wage
Social InclusionTotal amount of money channeled to community-in-needs through employmentTransparencyAdherence to the Biji-biji Initiative Financial Model
Our Sustainability Indicators are used in designing sustainable solutions. They structure and enhance sustainable impacts generated by engaging with Biji-biji Initiative. The chart below summarizes social, environmental and economic indicators that we used to measure our success in delivering EcoWorld EcoFestival.
SocialCommunity EngagementHow many individuals or communities were engaged Raise awarenessHow many new people were reached (no. of participants) Gender EqualityRatio of male and female members engaged by job scope and in decision making rolesOpen Source DevelopmentHow many new open source instructables were made and shared
EnvironmentWaste upcycledAmount of waste, renewables, recyclables and second-hand materials incorporatedWaste reducedNew methods and technologies explored to eliminate waste creation
Sustainable ProcurementHow was 1% sustainable procurement budget usedGreen TechnologyAspects of green technology incorporated (energy efficiency, etc.)
A Sustainable Economy
Waste MaterialsBiodegradable tableware made from fallen Areca Palm leaves were used in the EcoFestival, Since then, we have connected and created business opportunities for the supplier.30% of the budget was allocated for materials cost. At Biji-biji Initiative, we categorize materials into six different types. In this project, we have incorporated 7% waste materials worth RM 2,400 and 5% sustainable materials worth RM 1,515.
Local ProcurementPercentage of local vs non-local suppliersBiji-biji Initiative is committed to support the local economy. Thus, we aim to source our supplies from local suppliers. In this project, only 0.88%, that is RM 99.95 worth of materials was sourced from international suppliers. Below is a chart that shows the percentage of local procurement made within Malaysia based on the types of materials sourced. Although stretch tent was bought from South Africa, it wass not accounted for in this graph as the tent is an asset.
Percentage of local and international team membersWe engage permanent staff, freelancers, volunteers, community-in-need and interns. For permanent staff and freelancers, there is a salary cap of 3-5 times between the highest and lowest earners. For this project, the lowest earner earned 2.2 times above minimum wage whereas the highest earner earned 2.7 above minimum wage. All volunteers engaged were provided an allowance of RM 50.00 per day and free accommodation. Employment
Social Impact Generated
Biji-biji Initiative engages with various organizations that contribute towards creating a better world through sustainable living. Talks, workshops and bazaar showcase organized saw participation of event attendees. Bazaar showcase was curated to share knowledge and spread awareness on specific aspects of sustainable living.
Bazaar Showcase VendorSkills shared1.Eats, Shoots and RootsGrowing Food in the City2.Edible LandscapesBuilding Edible & Container Gardens3.Wild AsiaRainwater Harvesting4.EcoKnightsSustainable Living Advocacy5.GrowTongNo-Dig Garden Bed Edges6.Tree Theatre GroupUpcycled Puppetry7.Zenxin (Johor)Organic Farm Fresh Produce8.SamkkyaMassage & Health Products9.I-CycleRecycling (E-waste)
At workshops, participants were taught to compost, make ecoenzymes, use basic woodworking tools and to grow a garden in a bottle.
Workshops OrganizedSkills sharedTotal Number of Participants1.Eats, Shoots & RootsGarden in A Bottle452.EcoKnightsDIY Composting353.EcoKnightsEco-Enzymes Making354.Biji-biji InitiativePallet Box Making60
Hands-on workshops that are both fun and educational
Gender Equality by Job CategoriesBiji-biji Initiatives work does concentrate more on building and production. Due to the nature of our social enterprise, our production team does have more male members. However, we provide equal opportunity to all members to explore any task that interests them. We measure our commitment to gender equality through percentage of male and female members engaged by (1) job categories and (2) decision making roles. Below is the data on percentage of male and female members engaged.Gender Equality
Gender EqualityGender Equality In ManagementOur management team consists of 2 women and 6 men, which brings female participation in organizational decision making processes to 25%. In the specificity of your project, a total of 4 females were involved compared to 1 male involved. Their levels of participations are as below:
Open Source Open Source DevelopmentThe Biji-biji Initiative is a strong advocate of Open Source principles. Our designs are shared online for non-commercial use, which means the rights to study, change and distribute our designs are open to anyone with non-commercial intentions. This allows the designs to be constantly improved, and for us to further develop our building techniques by making new prototypes. By trying to spread good ideas instead of protecting them, we can innovate efficiently and effectively.
We will be publishing the open source designs we developed through your engagement on our website.. Below is one of the products we developed in conjunction with EcoWorld EcoFestival.
Wire Mesh Furniture
Singing Garden installation always leaves people in aweOpen Source
We also use Open Source Designs shared online to develop our products. For all the products below, instructables are available online at http://www.instructables.com/The Singing Garden and Singing Pool Installations are developed together with GeoCyclab, a collaboration between Fanch Dodeur and Barth Peron of France, who were cycling across the world sharing Open Source Technology.
Making the water dance at the Singing Pool InstallationBicycle powered lights that showcases renewable energy generation
Keeping active, and using renewable energy to produce juice!Here are the links where we found our inspirations at:
Bicycle Blender& Bicucle Powered Lightshttp://www.instructables.com/id/How
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