KSBL Students Visit Plastic Factory to Learn more about Sustainability
KSBL students visited a plastics factory, Syntech Fibres where they saw the process of recycling plastics as well as the making of various products. Students were exposed to raw material, polypropylene, which can be converted into diverse products including yarns, filters, and rope. Upstream changes to increase sustainability would require an alternative for polypropene. The students discussed possible natural alternatives such as cotton, which are not refined enough to perform the same tasks as PP.
Students learned how one pair of jeans requires 10,000 liters of water, therefore, reinforcing the aspect of life cycle analysis which is a scientific method of comparing the sustainability of materials and products. Participants were encouraged to consider unconventional means of finance and information dissemination, such as crowdsourcing, to increase environmental action. This was done by informing them about setting up air quality monitors to gather data on air quality in the country. This data-fed information led to the local production of KN95 masks required to protect oneself from air pollution.
Director Research and Development, Abid Omar shared some challenges of doing business in Karachi. These included limited energy supply and unregulated waste disposal. These elements were highlighted as business opportunities for students to develop eco-friendly and innovative solutions for the city’s most pressing problems. Muhammad Ibrahim, the General Manager shared essential factors for successful business factors including trusting and empowering people, educating and building capacity, and supporting individuals with innovative ideas. Establishing systems and prioritizing cleanliness were key factors identified to successful business operations. They were made aware of communal transport having less impact on the environment as compared to cars. Key takeaways included consuming less, being mindful, the importance of social inclusion, and potential areas for pro-environment and sustainable business.