Monday, 9 February 2009

CANTABS- Recycling making a difference

The Prostheses Foundation of H.R.H The princess mother was founded in 1992 when it was discovered that Dr Therdchai Jivacate  a prosthesis specialist sould build artificial limps which were lighter, more comfortable and in some cases 10 times less expensive than imported model. This drastic price difference was made possible by using recycled plastic and aluminium. 

The aluminium comes form aluminium can tabs that are melted down to make limp parts (1000 grammes will boil down to about 800 grammes of pure aluminium). We had been collecting these with the help of green clubs, schools and friends. They are sent to Chiangmai with students going to there to do conservation projects with Elephant Nature Park

These artificial limps are given out Free of Charge to poor people who  need them irrespective of nationality, race or religion. Limps have been supplied to accident or landmine victims in Thailand, Burma, Vietnam Cambodia and Laos. 

Every 3 months. They organise a mobile clinic that visits differnt remote areas of Thailand, usually near a border so that other nationalities can be attended too. They stay for about 5 to 7 days and when they leave everyone is fitted with artificial limps. 

They also train technicians from neighbouring Asean countries including Indonesian during the tsunami disaster in Indonesia (especially Acheh). Its a win-win situation  as there is recycling involved and the end product is something that improves the lives of less fortunate people. 

Start a can tabs collection in your school, office or among your friends. We have sample of parts made from these can tabs at our Ubin Greenhouse which is usually open on Sundays (1200 noon to 5:30pm). They have a website ( although information is limited.

Grant W Pereira
The Green Volunteers
Mobile 65 96840950


  1. limb*s :)
    limps, even if artificial, wouldnt be nice.

  2. Hi

    where can i send my collected tabs to?

    much appreciated,
    contact me @ +65 90038630


  3. Hi, I'd be starting a can tab collection in my school, but i'd like to know where I should send the tabs to once collected.


    Tasha (

  4. Hi

    I am starting a can tab collection drive in my school. May I know where I should send the tabs to?

    Kindly contact me at +65 84589566 or


    Zhi Min

  5. Is this collection still on going?

    Please contact me at