A Bold Step Towards Achieving SDG-12: IUB Emerges as Country's First Freecycle Friendly Institute
As the home of the country's first-ever institutional freecycling project, Independent University, Bangladesh (IUB) completed the one-year duration of the "Freecycle@IUB" pilot project. In a brief interview with the Principal Investigator, Dr. Tasnuva Faruk Lecturer, Department of Public Health, said that Freecycle@IUB won the IUB Sponsored Research Grant (2019-2020) as a startup project to achieve SDG-12 (Sustainable Production & Consumption) and increasing social cohesion. Despite the countrywide lockdown and general holidays due to COVID'19 pandemic, more than 300 books, stationeries, food items and miscellaneous goods were shared within the IUB community through the designated service stations. The project started with a small seed fund of 70 thousand BDT. Considering that, Dr. Faruk is confident that it is possible to successfully run a Freecycling project with a similar or even lower budget in institutional/residential settings, depending on the size of the target population and number of service stations. If any organization or institute wants to establish their own Freecycling stations, the Freecycle@IUB team would be more than happy to help.
Though the project duration is officially over, considering the post-COVID economic depression, the PI has decided to keep the stations open for all members of IUB for another year so that more people can be benefitted from the goodness of Freecycling. On the ending note, Dr. Faruk wholeheartedly thanked the official volunteers and IEEE IUB Student Branch for their unconditional support. Not to mention the IUB community for their enthusiastic participation in this journey towards sustainability.
To know more about the project or watching the webinar, please visit Freecycle@IUB Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/FreecycleIUB/ or IEEE IUB SB YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQP5jX_GcpA .