Maechan Wittayakhom School

Chiangrai, Thailand

Project Team

Maechan Wittayakhom School Students

Teacher

Overview

Introduction here.

wittayakhom_brick factory

Narimon Brick Factory

Project Team: Komsan Tejah, Kharantarat Phomyos, Panpaka Sonsukong, Supeeya Khamda, Pannee Duangkid, and Arada Channgen

Planting trees is a simple yet effective approach to improving air quality. For these Thai students living in the haze of a local brick factory, trees will clear the air, near and far.

maechan Wittiyakom_meatballs

Meatball Factory

Project Team: Preedaporn Srila, Papatson Srisunsai, Pawadee Channgoen, Rachaneekorn Chowkhamkhet, and Phadcarin Apisawatmongkhon

Students go behind the scenes in a local factory that makes meatballs that are popular in noodles and other soup dishes and asks, “How can this local business go green?” The answer is an idea for packaging that is local, accessible, and biodegradable.

Comments

  1. sanmae l.
    September 10, 2016

    The proposed solution – wrapping meatballs in banana leaves or using coconut shells instead of plastic bags – is actually a cool way to lessen the use of plastic and is indeed more environmentally-sustainable than what the factory has been accustomed to. 

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  2. sanmae l.
    September 10, 2016

    The idea of planting trees around the brick factory in order to avoid pollution is quite a great way to lessen the impact of burning bricks. I also liked how they took the liberty to choose an area that is far from the village and how they could potentially provide jobs to those who need one. 

    • jay gupta
      September 8, 2016

      Great job guys!

      First of all, I believe that isolating the factory from the village is a good idea because of the pollution. This factory good for the community because the bricks are affordable, which allows locals to easily build or add on to their homes. It is also great the natural materials such as sunlight, water, and clay. I would also greatly encourage to continue to brainstorm about your “new tool” in the factory.

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    • jenna r
      September 8, 2016

      I like how you had lots of ideas that are great for the environment like recycling water that was used, which can be used as food for fish. Additionally, using banana leaves and coconuts shells for the packaging of the meatballs is a great way to reduce plastic and help the environment.

      • Your School Name: Scarsdale High School
    • adina m.
      September 8, 2016

      Project: Narimon Brick Factory
      The pictures of the brick factory are really interesting. Your “Going Green” project is so cool and creative! Nice job!

      • Your School Name: Scarsdale High School
    • john neering
      August 23, 2016

      Project: Narimon Brick Factory
      Good ideas! Planting trees and other plants can absorb more of the CO2 and some plants can absorb other pollutants from the air and store them or make them less toxic. Using local clay and other materials make it a sustainable enterprise that helps the local community!

      • Your School Name: scarsdale HS
    • john neering
      August 23, 2016

      Project: Narimon Brick Factory
      Good ideas! Planting trees and other plants can absorb more of the CO2 and some plants can absorb other pollutants from the air and store them or make them less toxic. Using local clay and other materials make it a sustainable enterprise that helps the local community!

      • Your School Name: Scarsdale High School
    • gwen johnson
      August 17, 2016

      Project: Meatball Factory
      What a COOL idea! I remember having rice balls wrapped in banana leaves when I visited Thailand, so why not meatballs using all natural , biodegradable materials including packaging in a coconut shell. I’m curious, were you able to “sell” your idea to packaging plants, store owners and/or individuals selling meatballs from a street cart? I hope so! Keep spreading the word, for definitely reduces waste materials harmful to the environment.

      • Your School Name: Scarsdale High School
    • jodi v.
      May 27, 2016

      Project: Narimon Brick Factory
      Sawaddeeka. Im from Thailand, Bangkok, but studying in Hawaii. I think your ‘Going Green’ Project is very creative and helps people and economy a lot. I really like how your powerpoint is very interesting! I also think that your idea is wise and a really good solution!

      Project: Meatball Factory
      Sawaddeeka. Im from Thailand, Bangkok, but studying in Hawaii. I think that wrapping meatballs in banana leaves instead of using plastic bags and also using coconut shell instead of plastic bags to package the meatballs are really good solutions!

      • jodi v.
        May 27, 2016

        Project: Meatball Factory
        Sawaddeeka. Im from Thailand, Bangkok, but studying in Hawaii. I think that wrapping meatballs in banana leaves instead of using plastic bags and also using coconut shell instead of plastic bags to package the meatballs are really good solutions!

        • scott s.
          May 25, 2016

          Project: Narimon Brick Factory
          This is Scott from New York. I love how the power-point presentation is vibrant and colorful. I understand how planting more trees can reduce the impact the factory has on the environment, but I am wondering what other techniques or procedures can the factory institute in order to mitigate its effect on the environment? Overall, excellent job!

          • alex k.
            May 25, 2016

            Project: Narimon Brick Factory
            First off, great job to all of the students involved in the project. I thought it was very interesting to see what environmental practices in Thailand businesses are utilizing in order to help better our global environment.

            It is very positive to see the brick factory aware of the impact it has on the environment. I think that planting trees is a good practice in order to help protect the region from further deforestation and degradation. This will also help to restore the area to its natural habitat as well as create a safe home for the local animals. However, I also found some areas that I had some questions about.

            I was wondering about the water usage that you mentioned for the process of softening the clay. I would imagine this requires quite a bit of water. But what do you do with the water after this process is completed? The most environmentally friendly process would be to somehow re-use the water over and over again instead of wasting it. Perhaps you could drain it into a holding bay or even use it to irrigate farm fields near by.

            I was also wondering about the “burning” process of the bricks. It says that you must bake them for 3-4 nights. Where are you acquiring the necessary fuel to do this? I imagine that using wood would require massive amounts of trees to be cut down on an annual basis, and therefore, would be extremely harmful to the environment. If you were to use coal fired furnaces, this would emit harmful amounts of CO2 and other byproducts into the environment. By using a low-energy consuming furnace, you could cut down on the amount of combustible material needed to bake the bricks.
            Although your company is planting trees on its property, this does not offset the effects that the burning of the bricks produces on the region or the global community. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, one tree is capable of absorbing 48 pounds of CO2 per year. However, the average human being produces nearly 800 pounds of CO2 per year. As you can see, even by planting hundreds of trees there will still be a net gain of CO2 emitted into the environment.
            The process of brick burning is the key environmental hazard this company faces. I would encourage you to look into more environmentally friendly furnaces. Also, although costly, look into machines or accessories to machines that will cut down on the amount of harmful smoke that is emitted into the environment. Many of these environmentally friendly adaptions will filter out particulates and harmful byproducts produced by combustion.

            In the facilities, try to use compact florescent light bulbs. These will use less energy, last longer, and cut down on your overall waste. By installing low flow toilets, motion sensors, and other accessories you will be able to further lesson your environmental footprint.

            Overall I think you guys did a great job with putting together this study that has a global impact on us all. I encourage you to keep up the good work and continue to educate your local region about the importance of environmental stewardship!

            • caio m.
              May 25, 2016

              Project: Narimon Brick Factory
              Very nice idea to make those kind of bricks. They look very good, simple and cheap. People in other countries should learn how to do all of this, so we could get less pollution, more money and more people working in the world. I think that was a great idea. Good luck and good job!

              • eton z.
                May 25, 2016

                Project: Narimon Brick Factory
                I like the idea of changing the environment to save it. I mean, people have thought about it, but I think you guys took it to another step. The detailed explanations of how they make the bricks were really helpful too so that I could understand better. Thanks!

                • matt
                  May 25, 2016

                  Project: Meatball Factory
                  The idea of using the fish pond to feed the plants is too cool. Keep it up!!

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