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#EWWRAwards finalists || Educational Establishment • IES Comte de Rius

The EWWR Awards finalists have been announced! In each category the Jury has selected their top 3 finalists. The winners will be revealed on 22 May in Brussels during the EWWR Awards Ceremony. To find out more about the finalists, their initiative and commitment for waste reduction, we have caught up with them for a short interview.

1 • What is the “Giving light to a wheelchair” about?

It is a solidarity project aiming to improve mobility of the elderly who are using wheelchairs in the streets while raising the awareness of students on waste prevention and reuse. To do so we have created blinkers to be fixed on the wheelchair that help to indicate the turning direction and thereby let the elderly circulate more safely using only reused and recycled materials. Our goal is to improve the living standard of the elderly through innovation created by our students. During the project students have designed and 3-D printed a system of blinkers and reversing lights with an autonomous battery of an electrical bicycle.

2 • How did you come across this idea?

Our first idea was to create a project based on solidarity principle in order to help vulnerable people and we immediately thought of the elderly. After brainstorming and analysing their needs we thought about the difficulties they face as far as mobility is concerned. Together with the mobility another idea came to our minds - emotional motivation. The elderly need to feel autonomous and independent as much as possible and this was our underlining motivation – to help them improve their quality of life with multi-sensory accessories. Waste reduction being such an important topic, it was also a great opportunity to teach our students about it. That’s how our idea was born.

3 • Why is waste reduction important for your organisation?

By reducing waste, we can significantly reduce our environmental footprint. Additionally, we can turn waste in to resource material. It is important for us to be aware of it and to know what world we want to live in. If we have this clear in mind, we have no other options.

4 • Where can we find you?

Website: www.comtederius.cat

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