Thai Beverage Public Company Limited has recently organized Sustainability Expo 2023 or SX2023 at Queen Sirikit National Convention Center with the concept “Sufficiency for Sustainability”. The exposition is the biggest sustainability event in the ASEAN region. Being held for the fourth consecutive year, the attempt aims to encourage all sectors, especially young generations, to put importance and efforts on changing the world into the more livable one.
According to a mission of Dusit Thani College, Thailand’s leading higher education in hospitality businesses under Dusit International, to follow the way of sustainability, the college would like to instill sustainability conscience in students and sees that SX2023 could be a great learning space for them. Therefore, the students were sent to the event both as visitors and as booth attendants at the exhibition to give visitors information. This is considered the reinforcement of gaining useful experience outside classroom.
Mr. Thanavit Suksukon, student from Culinary Arts and Kitchen Management Program at Dusit Thani College, was one of the exposition visitors sharing that “I am very grateful to be participating in this event because it is very beneficial to those in culinary industry and world protectors. I have my interest in bean sprouts grown from peanuts. They are very delicious. In the future, I wish I can use this in my own restaurant. I, as a result, would like to support this event every year to foster more livability of our country and our world.”
Similarly, Ms. Kanokphon Nilaksorn, student from Culinary Arts and Kitchen Management Program, was inspired by this event as well. “It is a significantly useful event which makes me feel inclusive to creating balances for the world, both from culinary and tourism aspects. Personally, I am interested in a waste sorting booth by Thailand Institute of Packaging and Recycling Management for Sustainable Environment (TIPMSE), the Federal of Thai Industries, because it shows how to turn stuff we thought they are worthless into something useful. For example, they turn milk cartons into speakers, chairs, and other beautiful practical furniture. I wish the event will continue every year, so people can be aware of sustainability and be a part to rebalance our world in the long run.”
For Ms. Jinwara Leepong, student from Culinary Arts and Kitchen Management Program, she gave her opinion as a booth attendant that “From this experience, I feel really impressed since I have gained an amount of interesting knowledge about food innovation. I have also learned the guidelines of environment management which are beyond the knowledge in culinary classes. In addition, I have an opportunity to connect to the student network in other institutions, receive a certificate, and earn some wages from this assignment. At last, I definitely want to be a part to develop and drive a sustainable environment in a way of our generation.”
Dusit Thani College believes that the last speech of Ms. Jinwara can reflect the feeling of every participant very well.