PAGEV AND MINISTRY OF EDUCATION LAUNCH THE "SPOONFUL OF HOPE" CAMPAIGN TO FIGHT CORONAVIRUS

PAGEV Plastics Vocational Schools begins production of disposable cutlery for hospitals and nursing homes

The Ministry of Education and Turkish Plastics Industry Foundation (PAGEV) launch an important initiative to fight against coronavirus. The PAGEV Gebze Vocational and Technical High School began production of disposable cutlery for distribution to quarantine centers, hospitals and nursing homes. Volunteer teachers and trainers of PAGEV Vocational Schools will produce approximately a million disposable cutlery sets per month.

As coronavirus continues to spread around the world, hygiene has become a key issue in fighting it. Social distancing became the norm, and the use of personal protective equipment became critical. To address this need, PAGEV and the Ministry of Education launched an initiative. Volunteer teachers of the PAGEV Plastics Vocational and Technical High School will produce disposable cutlery for use across the nation. The project, called "a spoonful of hope", began with the production of plastic spoons.

Kocaeli Directorate of Education Branch Director Şeref Yüksel Bölükbaşoğlu and Gebze Director of Education Şener Doğan joined the volunteer teachers and trainers of PAGEV Schoolsto kick off disposable plastic production on Monday, April 6, 2020. PAGEV Corporate Communication Director Cesur Çaça and PAGEV PLASTİCS School Principal Muhammet Erbaş hosted the important event.

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Speaking on the measures against Covid-19 in the province of Kocaeli, Directorate of Education Branch Director Şeref Yüksel Bölükbaşoğlu said: “We produced 165 tons of disinfectant and 800 liters of cologne in the İzmit Vocational Schools. We are making disposable masks, protective clothing, and gurney sheets in the Civic Education Centers of Gölcük, Kandıra, Kartepe and Körfez.We cooperated with the Provincial Pandemic Directorate to distribute the produced equipment to medical centers, front-line workers and law enforcement officers. Most recently, we have partnered with the PAGEV PLASTİCS schools to produce disposable cutlery and distribute these to quarantine zones, hospitals and student dormitories.”

PAGEV PLASTİCS Schools to assist in the fight against coronavirus…

Discussing the exemplary social responsibility projects undertaken at the PAGEV Vocational and Technical High School, PAGEV Corporate Communication Director Cesur Çaça said, "We have partnered with the Ministry of Education for the 'spoonful of hope' project, which will help in the fight of our nation against coronavirus. The disposable cutlery produced at the PAGEV Vocational and Technical High Schools will be distributed to quarantine centers, hospitals and nursing homes fee of charge. Disposable products play a major role in preventing the spread of coronavirus. Single-use packaging and cutlery are essential to meet the food and ready-meal needs of people in the most sanitary manner. No one wants to use cutlery, serveware or glassware touched by others in the days of coronavirus. Ministries are issuing warnings to workplaces, recommending the use of disposable items to help prevent the spread. Porcelain plates and steel cutlery that were the norm in factory cafeterias have been replaced with disposable items. Single-use plastics are critical to protecting our health and consuming food in the most sanitary way. This is why PAGEV is contributing to the collective fight against coronavirus by producing disposable products in our schools and distributing them to the places that need them the most. I would like to thank Uzman Kalıp Manager Erdoğan Türk for helping to make this project a reality, the volunteer teachers of PAGEV PLASTİCS Schools for their valuable efforts, and all industry stakeholders for their support.”

PAGEV PLASTİCS School Principal Muhammet Erbaş said that hygiene and sanitation had become critical with the coronavirus pandemic, which PAGEV schools would assist with by making disposable cutlery to meet the need in quarantine centers and hospitals above all, continuing: “We will be making approximately 1 million single-use cutlery sets to begin with. Our volunteer teachers are helping with the production to supply a critical plastic item in the days of great need. We are proud to be doing our part in a collective endeavor.”

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