Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. Camron Hinman, a Life Scout from Troop 19 in Normal, has put these three words into action. Recently, he was challenged to discover a new way to reduce plastic waste as part of his Eagle Scout project. Camron concentrated on a design that would not only benefit the environment but also help those in need.
“It came from my love of gardening and I really like helping to save the environment,” shares Camron. “I wanted to create something that could deliver fresh produce and be environmentally friendly, so I designed the Croptainer. It’s stainless steel and reduces plastic.”
With the help of G3 Machining in Bloomington, Camron’s design became a reality. The Croptainer is reusable, stackable, and BPA free. Camron’s implementation of the project led him to Home Sweet Home Ministries.
“My goal was to deliver fresh produce to places in need,” explains Camron. “I realized there was a great need at Home Sweet Home so I wanted to help out.”
On a weekly basis in June, Camron, along with a couple of his fellow troop members, donated fresh produce to HSHM using the Croptainer.
“It’s been all fresh fruits and vegetables. A lot of apples, bananas, and carrots,” adds Camron. “I’ve heard they’ve been using some of it for cooking in the kitchen and they really like it.”
Camron says he is grateful to provide a helping hand.
“I think it’s really cool knowing it’s not just canned food like I’ve donated in the past, it’s a step further with fresh food.”
Camron has delivered almost 100 pounds of food to the shelter this June. Home Sweet Home Ministries is truly grateful for Camron’s creative intuition to help those in need.
“It’s been really cool to see all the produce I’ve collected add up,” observes Camron. “I would like to continue doing it here and keep collecting more and more produce. It would be great to reach out throughout the community.”
Be joyful in HOPE, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayerRomans 12:12