23 Jul
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Seeking for Changemakers

  Change. What is the first thing that comes into your mind reading this word? Uncertainty? Discomfort? Fear? New? Difference? Excitement? Growth? Hope? Your answer is subject to previous experiences but also the underlying human perception of connecting change to discomfort and possibly fear as change is accompanied by the unknown. In both subtle and noticeable manner, we all experience […]

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13 Jul
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Plastic-Wrapped Bananas by Clarissa A.

I am currently wearing a second-hand T-Shirt and a pair of shorts I have owned since high school.  Given I am 27 years old, that might not necessarily make me fashionable, but my clothes are practical, simple and timeless. As the oldies still fit me, I don’t mind that I am known to wear my […]

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17 Jun
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Arianna Valentini: What I Think About TRI Upcycle

10.8 million hectares have been deforested for palm oil plantations in the island of Sumatra (Indonesia)*. One of the main consequences of deforestation in Sumatra is the progressive extinction of orangutans that inhabit this ecosystem. Ben learnt this during a school trip when he was 13. That same year he founded TRIUPCYCLE, a social enterprise that […]

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27 May
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Palm Oil, Liquid Gold and Cause of Death by Clarissa A.

   My first encounter with palm oil was in 2012 when I was driving from Medan to Bukit Lawang which is the starting point to enter the adventures at the Gunung Leuser National Park. Watching the perfectly aligned palm trees standing next to each other urged me to question the taxi driver what we were driving past for […]

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26 Apr
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Who doesn’t love orangutans? By Clarissa A

Being a passionate primary school teacher and placing an emphasis on educating for sustainability in my lessons, I regard it as my duty to spread awareness about our planet’s endangered species. When my mother gave me an extremely adorable orangutan doll for my 25th birthday (yes 25th birthday) I simply had to introduce it to […]

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16 Apr
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TRI Hero: Clarissa Auffermann

  When I was asked to write my story as a TRI hero, the word hero irritated me at first. Volunteering for TRI doesn’t make me a hero. Much more, it is the TRI team and their concept that seems heroic. When I first met Ayu, Eci, and Annisa, I was in awe of their […]

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24 Jul
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A greenie, a jar, and a message on a ricebag by: Ruby

8 months, a 600 gram mason jar of trash, 2 suitcases full of stuff, and a crazy happy human being. This 14th blog post marks the end (or should I say beginning?) of a quest for less… Last month, I presented a TED-style talk to the entire Green School Community. My journey of zero-waste and […]

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27 Apr
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ANNISA: HELLO JAPAN! (HANDs! PROJECT PART 2)

This is the part 2 after my exciting trip in the Philippines with the Hands! Project. Finally, Japan time! I had been waiting for so long! There were so many things to learn from this beautiful country, but we have too little time. In Japan, we mostly learned about the common disaster in Japan, such as earthquake and tsunami. […]

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13 Apr
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Annisa: HANDs! Project Trip to the Philippines (Part 1)

I remember sitting by the window of an airplane, counting down the moment when I had to say goodbye to my new friends after our last trip together. From Central Kalimantan, the airplane took us to Jakarta for transit before we finally headed back home. As soon as we landed, I saw those familiar faces […]

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12 Dec
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Who’s Behind Our Bali Biodiversity Map’s Design?

Q&A with Meizal Rossi We believe that when we have a strong enough desire to do good, the universe will conspire to make it happen – our Bali’s Biodiversity Map bandana is one great example. When we started TRI, we wanted to make sure that our products would be produced ethically and with minimal negative […]

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