ASEF Green Action aims to raise awareness on the harmful effects of plastic on the environment. The initiative includes a variety of activities, such as public launches, bag exchanges and workshops, coordinated by selected 18th ASEF University (AU18) participants. During bag exchanges, passers-by are invited to swap their plastic bag for a sustainable one and encouraged to use the latter instead in the future. The collected materials will be creatively reused to promote further green awareness.

ASEF Green Action activities
Below, you may find an overview of the ASEF Green Action activities hosted in various Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) countries:
- 16 to 27 April 2013: School visits, bag exchange and recycling workshop. 8 June 2013: recycling workshop in the park of Tres Cantos - Madrid, Spain
- 17 April 2013: Launch in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam. Bag exchange on 22 May 2013
- 25 May 2013: Bag exchange in Rotterdam, the Netherlands
- 2 June 2013: Various activities at Chatuchak Weekend Market, Bangkok, Thailand
- 3 June 2013: Bag exchange at the Primary School nr 10 in Warsaw, Poland
- 27 July 2013: Bag exchange at the Sai Yeung Choi Street South, Mong Kok, Hong Kong SAR, China
- 17 Aug 2013: Launch in Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro Province. 20 Aug-Oct 2013: various awareness activities in Quezon Province
- 28 Oct to 1 Nov 2013: During the 11th ASEF Classroom Network Conference, teachers' initiatives in creating environmental awareness in their schools in various countries were exhibited. Additionaly, a bag exchange took place on 30 October at Pasar Badung in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia

AU18 facilitated a dialogue between young Asians and Europeans and residents and visitors of Tartu, Estonia – on the theme “Conscious Consumers for Environmental Sustainability”. The participants implemented eight street actions to promote sustainable consumption, among which was a Bag Exchange organised by Laurens Bistervels (The Netherlands), Alvin Chia (Singapore), Karin Torim (Estonia), Pimwipa Vatanutanon (Thailand), Karolina Mazetyte (Lithuania) and Julia Olszewska (Poland). The last two together with Kina Markova (Bulgaria), Candy Tsang (China), Nursalwa Baharuddin (Malaysia), Kim Sony Mendoza (the Philippines) and Nathalie Sajda (Sweden) coordinate the abovementioned activities. 

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