Green means clean

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 02 June, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 02 June, 2009, 12:00am

Students at SKH Fung Kei Millennium Primary School have cleaned up in an environment contest by turning used oil into soap.

The Primary Six students were one of the winning groups in the senior primary section of Disney's Environmentality Challenge.

Hong Kong Disneyland Resort organises the competition every year to promote environmental protection among schools. Students are invited to send proposals on ideas to save the environment.

Last month SKH Fung Kei Millennium students demonstrated how to make the recycled soap to a group of underprivileged students from Life Workshop, a Christian non-profit social service organisation.

Primary Six students Debbie Lee Ying-ying, Lily Ho Pui-ki and Max Lai Wai-lam were among the seven students who took part in the award-winning project. They showed the children how to make recycled soap out of used oil, hoping to spread the green message to the community.

Lily said the idea of making recycled soap was inspired by the news stories of oil pollution in the sea and the fact that they found a lot of oil floating on the water while visiting local beaches.

'We hope these soaps can help to save marine life and bring back the crystal-clear water to us,' said Debbie.

The project was not only aimed at helping the environment but also brought the students great fun.

'It was my first time doing this type of experiment. It was amazing to see the chemical reactions,' said Max.

'I'm happy I can share the knowledge I've acquired in school with other students while helping our school win the award.'

Production of the soap takes about two months. The students had prepared some soap and let the children from Life Workshop try the cleaning effect. 'We're using the recycled soap at our homes as well,' Max said.

In fact, the school is doing a lot to promote environmental protection. It has incorporated environmental lessons into the curriculum, installed solar modules, planted a green roof and undertaken all sorts of recycling in school.