• Alexa Green

Students from South Korea bring hope to the future of recycling - globally and in the U.S.

This year South Korea proved itself a gracious host of the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang and for the first time in 12 years, North and South Korean athletes marched together waving ‘unified Korea’ flags. This gesture was particularly historic considering the tensions surrounding North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Credits: Matthias Hangst/Getty Images

Description: The South Korean and North Korean teams entered together under the Korean Unification Flag

Source: http://www.theweek.co.uk/winter-olympics/91537/videos-pictures-opening-ceremony-winter-olympics-pyeongchang

During this tumultuous time, Recycle Across America has been given a unique insight into the South Korean culture, and we’ve found their youth in particular to be true citizens of the world. They have a clear desire to help all countries adopt more sustainable practices, learn from one another, and progress forward in unison.

For two years in a row now, students from Incheon International High School in South Korea have traveled to the United States with the mission to help Americans recycle right. In conjunction with RAA, students created pamphlets, educational fliers, and games in order to teach people about why recycling in the U.S. is so important.

Why? do you ask: The reason that these students make this journey to the U.S. is that we (Americans) generate more waste in the world than any other country ... and if they can help us do the right thing, it will have a major impact on both the environment and the global economy. These students are dedicated to helping improve the U.S.'s recycling habits -- and they were thrilled to learn that a non-profit like Recycle Across America and the standardized label solution for recycling bins exists.

As part of their 12 day trip to the U.S. 140 South Korean students spent a day in Central Park stopping people and talking about Recycle Across America and the standardized labels. They went to a few of the National Parks as well and spoke to visitors about how they can recycle right.

These students are the embodiment of a future culture of collaboration, change-making, and learning from other societies. We’re so honored to be a part of their mission to help create a better world and we’re honored that they’ve chosen to represent RAA’s mission to help society recycle right. Thank you Michael Kim and the students of Incheon International High School for all your hard work and support!

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... begin displaying the society-wide standardized labels on their recycling bins, 

to make it easy for everyone, everywhere to be able to recycle right!