Indian Start-ups Which Are Putting An End to Plastic Pollution
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According to the All India Plastic Manufacturer’s Association, The Indian plastic industry is worth around 110,000 cr and the nation has a consumption of 13 mn tonnes per year, this makes our nation stand at 12th position in the plastic waste generation.
At present global warming, greenhouse emission, carbon footprint, etc have become few highlighted issues across the globe, for which plastic waste is the most infamous contributor. Our cities, homes, offices, beaches, and almost every place that we can imagine are the major producers of plastic waste all due to us.
While almost all national and international bodies, like the United Nations (UN), are working towards curbing the issues of plastic waste management, recycling, and sustainable development, Indian start-ups have also taken a dive into the world of fighting plastic waste generation. According to the All India Plastic Manufacturer’s Association, The Indian plastic industry is worth around 110,000 cr and the nation has a consumption of 13 mn tonnes per year, this makes our nation stand at 12th position in the plastic waste generation. However, the good thing is that approximately 60% of this plastic waste is recycled. There are companies that work with an aim of replacing, recycling, and reusing plastic waste, generated from our homes, offices, and industries, etc.
Here are some Indian start-ups that have “reducing plastic waste” as their work mantra:
Swajal: Incepted in 2014, Swajal taps into an unmatched synergy of environmentalists, social workers, serial entrepreneurs, authors, and scientists, who have been driving the company as co-founding members. Swajal removes tons of plastic annually through its business model. The company started off deploying water purification systems across government schools, railway stations, industrial plants, and residential areas in urban and rural geographies. It has since then forged multiple partnerships with various government bodies (including smart city projects for Delhi and Guwahati) as well as multinational corporations, aggressively expanding the company’s reach to over 5 lakh people across 14 states in India.
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Bakey’s: What can be a better replacement for plastic than edible cutlery. A revolution into replacing plastic spoons with edible spoons brought this company into the limelight all over the social media. These spoons are good for human health but are way better for the earth’s health. Bakey’s Foods Private Limited was established in 2010 in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India as an alternative to disposable plastic/wood cutlery and bamboo chopsticks. After much research, they designed the product, used it and enhanced it so that the user feels comfortable in all aspects of using cutlery.
Bamboo India: The solution was in our woods for decades and we never knew, this Indian venture has successfully replaced plastic toothbrushes with the ones made up of bamboo. Apart from this, it also produces several other products from that are replacements of plastic, thus reducing our dependence on the never-ending thing. Prom soap cases to cotton swabs the company has it all in its product list.
Arttek Enviro: Paper straws hitting the market shelves, it is time we know of its first manufacturer in the nation. Arttek Environ is one of the first companies that came up with the production of paper straws that have now replaced plastic straws in many places. While this trend is yet to catch fire, it has already made a good start and is appreciable.
Envigreen: This Indian start-up makes bags made up of natural starch, vegetable waste, and vegetable oil. Yes you year it right, first of its own king these bags are 100% organic, biodegradable and eco-friendly and has no conventional plastic at all. Developing such technology, Envigreen is on a mission to make the world plastic free.
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