Gold for eco beauty products


  • Nation
  • Sunday, 09 Feb 2020

National pride: St Michael’s students with their teachers after receiving their medals.

KOTA KINABALU: The love of Form Four students, Anya Aswald Simon Hee and Leandra Allysha Simon Malanjun, for beauty products has inspired them to create a nature-based lotion, which earned them a gold medal at an international innovation competition.

The St Michael’s Secondary School students from Penampang, alongside 10 of their schoolmates, had taken part in the annual Bangkok International Intellectual Property, Invention, Innovation and Technology Exposition (Ipitex) held from Feb 2 to 6.

It was also the first International Conference of Creativity and Innovation.

“We have lots of beauty products at home and since Sabah and Asia in general are hot almost all year round, we decided to come up with a nature-based product that can protect our skin from the sun, ” said Anya of their product, which is made of beeswax, calendula oil, papaya, lemongrass and aloe vera.Anya said millions of people used skin care products which were chemical-based and harmful to humans and the environment.

Their lotion beat over 700 inventions from 25 countries worldwide.

The other students – Grace Sheera Chau, Mark Adelaide Marcellus, Luke Sitaim Laurence, Renoir Fayeed Bin Rehman, Hannah Peter Mojiun, Azem Farez Mohammad Bahrin, Crystal Jilian Philip Lasimbang, Sharmayne Jacyntha Switzer, Aloysius Christopher and Ethan Ico Jokinol – also won other prizes for their inventions.

Luke and Renoir won the silver medal for their Bread Bouncer, a product that turns food waste into sound-absorbing material which reduces wastage, while Grace and Mark also received silver for their Eco-Floware invention.

The main ingredients in the Bread Bouncer are coated with wax to make them last longer and subsequently infused with ingredients such as lavender, peppermint or lemongrass, believed to ease anxiety, depression or stress.Eco-Floware, which was designed to replace polystyrene, is made of dried bougainvillea, coconut husks, egg cartons and starch, and would turn into compost at the end of its lifespan.

The bronze medals went to Hannah and Azem for their organic Follium Wrapper, as well as Crystal and Sharmayne for the Multi UD invention, a tool to store wet umbrellas in vehicles.

Aloysius and Ethan received a special award medal from the World Invention Intellectual Property Association, one of the biggest global innovation associations, for their Hanabira Tiles.

School principal Jennifer Asing, who led the students together with teacher Mariatul Hanis M. Abdullah, said all these products were the brainchild of the students, and their continuous hard work and dedication since December had paid off.

She said this was one of the many platforms to boost and encourage critical thinking in problem-solving as well as spur confidence among students worldwide.“This trip has proven to be a triumph and encouraged participants as well as other students to dabble in innovation as it opens doors of opportunities for everyone despite their background, ” Asing said.

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