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NEA Teams Up with Indorama Ventures to Help Educate Students About Recycling, Zero Waste, and the Circular Economy

The National Education Association has teamed up with Indorama to help promote the “Waste Hero: Reduce to Zero” teaching resources.
Published: 09/13/2023
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Indorama Ventures Public Company Limited (IVL), a global sustainable chemical company, and Yunus Thailand, an international non-profit foundation co-founded by 2006 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus announces the launch of a new and free global education program - “Waste Hero: Reduce to Zero”.

The free-to-use teaching resources are designed for K-12 and university level students centered around three main pillars: recycling fundamentals, creating zero waste, and building the circular economy. An Educational Advisory Group of twenty-three teachers, academics, educators and zero waste specialists from seventeen countries helped guide the creation of nineteen lesson plans and activity worksheets. Waste Hero education is offered globally with the aim to educate one million young people by 2030.

“Across the world people are worried about the mismanagement of waste and its impact on our environment,” said Mrs. Suchitra Lohia, Deputy Group CEO of Indorama Ventures. That is why we are supporting teachers with lesson plans on creating zero waste, recycling fundamentals, and building the circular economy. By empowering the next generation with the knowledge to reduce, separate and dispose of waste, they will know how to end waste.”

The National Education Association has teamed up with Indorama to help promote the “Waste Hero: Reduce to Zero” teaching resources.

This initiative will kick off Fall 2023 and will promote teaching resources organized by education level and translated into a variety of languages. Central to their use is the ability to edit the design of the materials, which provides educators the opportunity to locally contextualize the lessons to fit their local educational and recycling context. 

For more information about the Waste Hero: Reduce To Zero program, visit:

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