Once again I have fallen behind with updating my blog. I have been so busy each day catching up with the work I missed out on whilst sick, and have been hitting it hard at the gym to lose weight so I am in bed at 7pm each night. Hence, no time to blog! The reason I can blog now is because although I am up early for the gym, I am not going. My boyfriend is asleep next to me, and I thought I would give him a break since he isn’t a morning person yet accompanies me to the gym early every morning. Also, my body is in so much pain from the YouTube workouts I have been doing, so my body needs a rest!

Enough rambling, lets get on with what I wanted to talk about! On the weekend I held a workshop with our team (with Salin translating) on the environment. I saw this as a need because even at HHA, which is kept quite clean, our students and staff litter. They tend to not think about the consequences of this, as they aren’t educated in it. So in this lesson we focused on biodegradable and non-biodegradable waste. It was a real eye opener for the staff, who had to sort through different waste and try to state how long it would take for something to decompose. While the information on the internet varies slightly, these figures are what I saw to be most common:


  • Egg shell – 2 weeks
  • Banana peel – 2 – 5 weeks
  • Newspaper – 6 weeks
  • Avocado peel – A few months
  • Cotton rags – 1-5 months
  • Paper: 2-5 months
  • Waxed carton – 3 months
  • Plywood – 1 – 3 years


  • Cigarette butts – 1 – 5 years
  • Nylon fabric: 30 to 40 years
  • Batteries -100 years
  • Aluminum can – 200 -500 years
  • Plastic bottle – 450 years
  • Styrofoam – 500 years to forever
  • Plastic bags – 500 years to forever
  • Glass bottle – 1 million years

I also showed them this video about birds that ended up dying after consuming plastic, even though the nearest continent was 2,000 miles away. We then made action plans for reducing our negative environmental impact at our homes, HHA and in the community. We finished the workshop by providing the team with reusable shopping bags made by our seamstresses. The quickest and easiest way to help the environment in Cambodia is to cut down on plastic bags, and this is what our team have promised to do.

Next week we will be tackling the issues of water waste, pollution and deforestation.

The change starts with us!

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