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Make pledge to recycle: Hibiscus contestants

Make pledge to recycle:  Hibiscus contestants
2018 Vodafone Hibiscus Queen contestants. From left: Lice Yacadra, Nikhat Khan, Lavenia Vuidreketi and Jessica Fong at the ROC Market in Suva on July 15, 2018. Photo: Navneel Kumar
July 17
13:34 2018

Four of the 2018 Vodafone Hibiscus Queen contestants connected with members of the community to create awareness on recycling and reusing plastic items.

The Queen contestants, Nikhat Khan, Lice Yacadra, Lavenia Vuidreketi and Jessica Fong, were at the ROC Market held on Sunday in Suva, for people to sign a pledge to reduce the use of plastic.

Ms Khan said every in Hibiscus event, the Queens were given a project which can be either practical work or charity work. She said this year, they were conducting an awareness campaign on reducing the use of plastic bags and straws.

“For ROC Market, we made a pledge for reducing the use of plastic straws. We had recycled different sizes of plastic bottles and planted some plants in it. When a person signs a pledge with us to not use or reduce using plastic straws, they are given a free plant as a gift of supporting our project,” Ms Khan said.

She said this was their initiative for the Queen contestants’ project in terms of getting the public involved and creating awareness on the use of recycling. They did this considering it is part of this year’s Hibiscus themes which are refuse, reuse, reduce, repurpose and recycle.

“Recycling is a huge part of the theme and also refusing the usage of plastic straws as they are unnecessary and are polluting the environment and oceans. While we were planning the project, we had realised that there were so many ways that we can recycle plastic items.”

Edited by Jonathan Bryce


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