Ecoponics Upcycling Workshops

Upcycled Terrarium

At Ecoponics, our Upcycled Terrarium Workshops aim to educate and empower individuals with the tools and knowledge they need to work towards a more sustainable future. Through these workshops, students can learn about upcycling, the science behind terrarium ecosystems, and how to contribute to a more sustainable future.

 
Our workshops are designed to be hands-on, interactive, and educational, and they encourage environmental awareness and sustainability. By repurposing single-use glass jars into sustainable and aesthetically pleasing terrariums, our Upcycled Terrarium Workshops offer a novel solution to the problem of waste while promoting a sustainable way of living.

 
Students will learn about the issue of waste management in Singapore, gain a deeper understanding of upcycling, and learn about the benefits of upcycling, including reduced waste and reduced carbon emissions. They will also learn about the science behind terrarium ecosystems, the different types of terrariums and plants, and how to assemble and maintain a terrarium.

 
All in all, our workshops provide a unique and engaging opportunity to gain valuable insights into how to create a greener and more sustainable future for Singapore. By participating in our workshops, students can become more environmentally conscious and empowered to make a positive impact on our planet.

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Workshop Description

Programme Highlights

In our Upcycled Terrarium Workshops, participants will be able to:

  1. Learn about the issue of waste and how waste is managed in Singapore.
  2. Explain the concept of upcycling and how it differs from recycling.
  3. Understand the benefits that upcycling has on our environment.
  4. Acquire knowledge about the science behind a terrarium and the processes that allow it to survive: Photosynthesis, Respiration and the Water Cycle.
  5. Have their own hands-on experience in making an upcycled terrarium from a used jam jar or any transparent glass jar.

Convenient Location

Take Exit B from Marymount MRT and walk towards MAPEX building. Proceed to the third floor via the lift and exit through 2 doors on the right to the carpark. We are located right at the end!

Duration

1-1.5 Hours

All Materials Provided & Trainers Guidance

All necessary materials and most equipment required for the workshops will be provided by Ecoponics. In addition, certified instructors and trainers guide participants through the entire process, from theory to practical application.

Participants learn about the differences between upcycling and recycling, the benefits of upcycling to the environment, and how to create functional items from used materials.

Other Options

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Ideal For

  • Children
  • Team Building
  • Work together as a team

Benefits of Upcycled Terrarium Workshops

Acquire Valuable Knowledge About Environmental Issues & Sustainability

Participating in our Upcycled Terrarium Workshops can be a wonderful opportunity for students to not just learn about the science behind a terrarium and how a plant can survive well despite being in an enclosed environment, but also acquire valuable knowledge about environmental issues and sustainability.

Through the practical experience of repurposing a used jar and growing their own plant inside it, students can develop important skills and learn about the importance of waste reduction.

Engage in Experiential Learning & Hands-On Activities Through Upcycling

These Upcycled Terrarium Workshops can provide a hands-on approach to learning that can be more engaging and effective compared to traditional classroom instruction.

By participating in these workshops, students can gain practical skills and knowledge that they can apply in their daily lives, helping them to become more environmentally conscious and responsible citizens.

Promote Sustainable & Responsible Way Of Living Through Upcycling

Another benefit of our Upcycled Terrarium Workshops is that they tackle the pressing challenge of limited landfill capacity in Singapore. Through the transformation of used glass jars, we are aiding in the reduction of waste and diverting it away from Semakau Landfill. 

This serves a dual purpose by reducing the overall amount of waste deposited in landfills and aiding in the conservation of natural resources, which consequently results in a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

Variations of Upcycled Terrarium Workshops That We Offer

We are proud to offer a range of variations of upcycled terrarium workshops, where you can learn to create your own stunning miniature gardens while also contributing to a sustainable and environmentally conscious lifestyle.

Our workshops are designed to inspire creativity and promote sustainable practices by repurposing discarded or unused items into unique terrariums. With our expert guidance, you’ll learn how to transform everyday objects into beautiful living landscapes that can thrive in any indoor environment.

Upcycling Terrarium Workshop FAQ

Upcycling is the process of transforming waste materials into new and useful products. It is similar to recycling, however, instead of throwing away used materials or objects, upcycling involves using creative methods to reuse them in a way that creates a product of higher quality or value compared to the original items. It is a sustainable approach that not only reduces waste but also conserves natural resources by creating new products out of old ones.

Upcycling offers a sustainable and creative alternative to traditional waste management methods, and can have a positive impact on both the environment and communities.

 

Here are some of the benefits of upcycling:

  1. Reduces waste: Upcycling presents an effective solution to waste reduction by taking advantage of materials that would otherwise be discarded in landfills. By repurposing these materials and transforming them into new products, we can reduce the amount of waste that is generated and limit our environmental impact.
  2. Saves resources: Upcycling represents a sustainable approach to resource conservation, as it utilizes existing materials in lieu of extracting or manufacturing new resources. By reimagining the potential of discarded items, we can reduce the need for additional raw materials, which can help to minimize our environmental footprint.
  3. Saves energy: In contrast to recycling, which involves melting and reprocessing materials, upcycling requires significantly less energy. Instead, upcycling involves repurposing existing materials and transforming them into new products, which can lead to a reduction in energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.
  4. Promotes creativity: Upcycling fosters creativity and ingenuity by inspiring individuals to discover novel and imaginative methods of repurposing materials. This sustainable approach to waste reduction motivates people to think outside of the box and experiment with different materials, textures, and colours, to create something unique and functional.
  5. Saves money: Upcycling presents a cost-effective means of generating innovative and practical items, since it often entails the utilization of readily available materials. By upcycling, individuals can reduce their reliance on costly new materials and instead take advantage of the potential that can be found in materials that are already at hand.
  6. Reduces carbon footprint: By reducing the need for new raw materials and energy-intensive manufacturing processes, upcycling helps to minimise the carbon footprint of a product

A terrarium is a miniature ecosystem in a glass or transparent container and is often self-contained and enclosed. It typically includes plants, soil, gravel and other decorative elements (e.g. sand and stones) and can be used for both aesthetic and educational purposes. They are also an excellent way to bring nature indoors and create a calming and peaceful environment in any space.

There are many types of plants that are suitable for terrariums, but it's important to choose ones that are well-suited for the environment inside the jar, which depends on whether the terrarium is a closed or open one. For example, closed terrariums are typically better suited for plants that prefer humid environments.

 

Here are some examples:

  • Ferns: Ferns are a popular choice for terrariums because they thrive in moist, humid environments.
  • Moss: Moss is also a great choice for terrariums because it doesn't need soil to grow and can absorb moisture directly from the air.
  • Succulents: Succulents are a popular choice for open terrariums because they are drought-tolerant and don't require a lot of water.
  • Air plants: Air plants are another popular choice for terrariums because they don't need soil to grow and can absorb moisture and nutrients from the air.
  • Fittonia: Fittonia, also known as nerve plant, is a colourful option for terrariums that prefers high humidity and low light.
  • Pilea: Pilea, also known as Chinese money plant, is a popular choice for terrariums because of its low maintenance needs and cute appearance.

 

When selecting plants for your terrarium, make sure to consider their growth habits and lighting requirements. It's also important to choose plants that are small enough to fit comfortably inside the jar and won't outgrow the space.

 

For our Upcycled Terrarium Workshops, we will be using fittonias due to their low maintenance needs, making them beginner friendly.

Our Upcycled Terrarium Workshops are designed to be efficient and engaging, with a typical completion time of 1-1.5h. This includes both the theoretical portion and the practical portion of the workshop. We understand that the students have many lessons to attend, making it difficult to slot such activities into their timetables at times, so we've structured our workshops to be concise and easy to fit into even the busiest of schedules. However, despite the short duration, we are confident that the students will walk away with a newfound appreciation for upcycling and the skills necessary to continue creating functional items from used materials, along with the scientific knowledge of how terrarium ecosystems work.

The science behind a terrarium ecosystem involves the three essential processes of photosynthesis, respiration, and the water cycle. These processes enable the plants to thrive in the enclosed environment, creating a self-sustaining and fascinating mini garden in a bottle.

Of course! They can definitely bring their completed terrariums home after the workshop. In fact, taking home their own upcycled terrarium is one of the highlights of the workshop experience. Not only will they have learned about upcycling and the science behind how a terrarium works, but they will also have a unique and personalised item to display and take care of at home. Care and maintenance instructions will be provided during the workshop to ensure that the terrarium continues to thrive once it is brought home.

 

However, one thing to note is that the terrariums will need to be transported carefully to avoid damage. We recommend asking the students to bring a small box or paper bag to hold the terrarium during transport and being careful to keep it upright and stable.

These are the topics that will be covered:

  1. What is upcycling?
  2. Upcycling VS recycling
  3. Upcycling and its effects on the environment
  4. What is a terrarium?
  5. The science behind terrariums: Photosynthesis, respiration, the water cycle

Upcycling is a practice that aligns closely with sustainability because it encourages the reuse of materials and products that would otherwise be considered waste. By upcycling, we can decrease the amount of waste that is sent to landfills or incinerated, as well as lower the energy and resources required to create new products from scratch.

 

Sustainability aims to meet the needs of the present without sacrificing the ability of future generations to fulfil their own needs. By upcycling, we can use available resources in a more efficient manner, which can help to reduce our environmental impact and promote sustainable living.

 

Beyond its waste reduction and resource conservation benefits, upcycling can also inspire creativity and innovation. Individuals can experiment with repurposing and transforming old items into something new and functional, promoting a culture of reuse and reducing our reliance on new products.

 

All in all, upcycling represents a positive step towards sustainability, promoting waste reduction, resource conservation, and creativity. By embracing upcycling practices, we can work towards a more sustainable future for ourselves and for generations to come.

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At Ecoponics, we are dedicated to not only providing essential environmental education, but also to empowering individuals with the tools and knowledge they need to make a positive impact on the environment. Our Upcycled Terrarium Workshops are a prime example of this commitment. By repurposing single-use glass jars such as jam jars and candle jars, we offer an innovative solution to the problem of waste while promoting a sustainable way of living. At our Upcycled Terrarium Workshops, participants can delve into a world of learning that goes beyond just the creation of beautiful terrariums. These workshops are a unique and engaging opportunity to gain knowledge on upcycling, the science behind terrarium ecosystems, and how we can all contribute to a more sustainable future.

Our Upcycled Terrarium Workshops are designed to be hands-on, interactive, and educational. They offer a unique and engaging learning experience that encourages environmental awareness and sustainability. At the heart of our workshops lies the notion of upcycling, a concept that entails reusing waste materials to create something new and useful, thereby reducing the amount of waste that goes to landfills. By participating in our Upcycled Terrarium Workshops, participants will not only learn about waste management in Singapore, but they will also be inspired to think creatively about how they can contribute to a more sustainable future.

One of the key benefits of our Upcycled Terrarium Workshops is that they help to address the urgent issue of limited landfill space in Singapore. By repurposing used glass jars, we are contributing to reducing waste and diverting it from Semakau Landfill. This not only helps to reduce the amount of waste that ends up in landfills, but it also helps to conserve natural resources and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Not only will you learn how to upcycle used glass jars into stunning terrariums, but you’ll also discover the many benefits of this process. Upcycling is a sustainable approach that not only reduces waste but also conserves natural resources by creating new products out of old ones. Our workshops will provide you with valuable insights into the many ways that upcycling can help to reduce our environmental footprint and contribute to a more sustainable future.

Participants will start by learning about the issue of waste and how it is managed in Singapore. They will also gain a deeper understanding of what upcycling is, which is the process of taking waste materials and transforming them into new and useful products as opposed to simply throwing them away, and how it differs from traditional recycling methods. Through interactive discussions and activities, participants will gain an understanding of the benefits of upcycling, including reduced waste, conservation of resources, and reduced carbon emissions.

Next, our knowledgeable facilitators will teach participants about the science behind terrarium ecosystems. They will learn about the critical roles of photosynthesis, respiration, and the water cycle in plant survival. Through engaging and interactive discussions, our facilitators will guide participants through the intricate interplay between these processes and how they contribute to the overall health and wellbeing of the terrarium. They will also find out more about the different types of terrariums and the plants that are best suited for them. With this knowledge, participants will be able to create their own terrariums that are not only aesthetically pleasing, but also sustainable and environmentally friendly.

During the upcycled terrarium workshops, participants will be provided with all the necessary materials, including soil, decorative items, and plants. Our facilitators will then guide the participants through the process of assembling their terrarium, teaching them the importance of layering of the different terrarium substrates, and proper plant placement. Participants will also learn about the importance of maintenance for their terrarium, including watering and light exposure, to ensure that their terrarium thrives and remains a healthy ecosystem.

In conclusion, at Ecoponics, we believe that environmental education is essential in creating a sustainable future for all. Our Upcycled Terrarium Workshops are designed to provide individuals with the tools and knowledge they need to make a positive impact on the environment. Through our workshops, participants not only learn about waste management and upcycling but also gain a deeper understanding of the science behind terrarium ecosystems. By repurposing single-use glass jars into sustainable and aesthetically pleasing terrariums, we offer an innovative solution to the problem of waste while promoting a sustainable way of living. All in all, our Upcycled Terrarium Workshops are a unique and engaging opportunity to gain valuable insights into how we can all contribute to a more sustainable future. Contact us today to schedule a workshop and provide your participants with a unique learning experience that combines education, creativity, and sustainability. Together, let’s work towards creating a greener and more sustainable future for Singapore.

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