CHANGE collaborated with the Consulate General of France in Ho Chi Minh City to officially launch an exhibition called “The Plabstic Hub” (short for Plastic Laboratory Hub) at Van Hanh Mall – 11 Su Van Hanh Street, District 10, Ho Chi Minh City. The event will take place for five days, from 16 to 20 January 2021, and welcomes all guests. Every participant will have an opportunity to be a scholar in a sci-fi research institute to learn about the up-to-date plastic pollution facts, find out practical alternative solutions, and move towards adopting a green-sustainable lifestyle.

This event, presented by the Nhân Nhựa (Homo plastic) campaign, is a part of the French Embassy’s COMPOSE project to build an Environmental Monitoring system to track plastic’s social and environmental mobility in Vietnam. The system will provide reliable data and scientific knowledge, enabling the distribution of verified information, to raise awareness and contribute to the development of a plastics reduction policy.

The Plabstic Hub promises to bring an experiential space to participants through many exciting activities, such as:

●  Transformation Station: Here, participants will become scholars in a sci-fi research institute, putting on white blouses and preparing for a fascinating adventure.

●  Investigation Station: a place where every scholar, regardless of age, will be equipped with skills and basic knowledge of plastic. With provided maps, they can start the adventure tracing plastic imprints.

●  Sensation Station: at this station, all senses will be locked except for sound. Scholars will learn by using the ear to listen to and feel the touching stories behind those sounds.

●  X-Ray Station: This station shall provide scholars with a comprehensive understanding of microplastic impacts on human health. Scholars can observe real specimens that reveal how microplastics penetrate the human body.

●  CHANGE Station: At this station, scholars will learn how to change their habits of consuming single-use plastics by exploring other available optimal green living solutions at a reasonable expense while considerably reducing personal impacts on the environment.

●   Alarming Station: Away from the noisy, crowded area, all scholars will gather in a secret room to watch marvelous shoot films about wildlife nature and its current state.

Finally, for the participants to have the “green” Lunar New Year, the event also invites green stores where single-use plastic alternatives are displayed for sale.

For the meaningful collaboration, Mr.Vincent Floreani – Representative of Consulate General of France in Ho Chi Minh City shared: “Plastic pollution is a global pressing environmental issue; hence when living and working in Vietnam, I care deeply how it affects people’s health as well as the environment of this beloved land. The French Embassy supports this campaign since we understand the worth of scientific data in handling environmental issues. But for these data to be welcomed by the public, we need a partner that can communicate creatively and effectively, and CHANGE is our answer. Exciting ideas such as Nhan Nhua campaign and the very next event – The Plabstic Hub – help spread the vital message for everyone to change their habits of consuming single-use plastics, to protect our health and the health of the environment, especially in the current situation in which COVID-19 is still a threat for all human lives.

The event is suitable for all audiences; if you care about green living or are still hesitant about choosing alternative solutions, you can join in the event today. Information on the event is below:

16 January 2021: open from 14:00 to 21:30

From 17 January 2021 to 20 January 2021: available from 10:00 to 21:30.

Location: Van Hanh Mall – 11 Su Van Hanh Street, District 10, Ho Chi Minh City.

More details: Fanpage CHANGE

It is worth noting that at this Plabstic Hub, there will be a unique experience only open to 50 participants at 15:00, 19 January 2021. Along with the expertise as actual scholars in a sci-fi research institute, the participants will receive valuable gifts from us and be the first 50 watching the Nhân Nhựa movie season 2 presented by CHANGE.

During the preparations for the event, Ms. Hoang Thi Hong – Founder and Director of CHANGE, said: “I have high hopes that the Plabstic Hub event will have many participants since it will provide lots of scientific data on the issue of microplastic pollution and many creative activities. Through this event, we also hope that more and more youngsters will think of scientific research as a part of the solution. CHANGE is very proud to work with scientists from COMPOSE in this wonderful event, and we expect to continue to be a bridge between scientists, non-governmental groups, and communities, in addressing the pressing environmental problems of our society.”

Microplastics have recently been found in ocean creatures’  food chains, which raises the strong possibility that plastics may be found in the human body. Evidence shows that by drinking water and using domestic water, each individual is absorbing 1,769 plastic particles. Besides, when we eat fishes, shrimps, we are again taking in 182 plastic particles. The greater concern is that microplastics were found in the human placenta; they can alter cellular pathways in the placenta, such as the immune mechanism during pregnancy, growth-factor signalling, etc. Once the toxicity of plastic penetrates the body, it will interfere with vital biological processes, damage the liver, or cause hormonal imbalances. This affects human mobility, reproduction, development, and promotes cancer. As shown by scientific data, excessive use and disposal of plastics impact the living environment and ocean animals’ lives, and human health.

Previously, in an attempt to reduce single-use plastic consumption in Vietnam, CHANGE ran several notable media campaigns, such as The Tasteless Spice (in Vietnamese chiến dịch Gia Vô Vị) (Video), Plastic Karma (in Vietnamese Nghiệp Nhựa) (Video 1, Video 2), No, Thanks! (Video). These campaigns utilized more than 60 artists and 50 media units and reached more than 20 million people. CHANGE also created the iChange community, with more than 3,000 members taking measures to reduce plastics, start green living habits, reduce the impact on the climate environment, and contribute efforts toward sustainable development goals.

Campaign recap video:

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