PUNE: With the aim to showcase the beauty and necessity of a sustainable lifestyle, SWaCH organised ‘The Don’t Pollute Route’ at Westend Mall, Aundh, as an extended celebration of World Environment Day. The event displayed substitutes for different products, which can help to shape the environment in a better way.
The participants and environment experts included INORA, which deals with waste management services, decomposing and organic farming; Vaayu Mitra, which helps to provide biogas in an innovative way for household and cooking purpose; Jeevitnadi, which produces non-chemical products so that the rivers of the city are safe from hazardous waste; Ecoexist, which reuses waste material and plastic to make various products; Samuchit, which promotes healthy life with sustainable products, and Aarohana, which makes bags and cosmetics with soft plastic and waste wrappers.
“SWaCH collects thousands of waste products from over 6,000 households every day. The waste is either recycled or dumped into the environment, which further contaminates the nature and proves to be harmful for it. The experts and their products have proved that there is a healthy alternative way to a sustainable life and also a way to create almost no waste for the environment,” said Suchismita Pai, member of SWaCH.
Amita Deshpande, co-founder of Aarohana Eco-social Developments, said, “All our handbags and purses are made of plastic like biscuits wrappers, gift wrappers and various soft plastic materials. The products are also used by old clothes and denim, flex banners to prepare the base of the products, interiors waste products like foam of sofas and PET bottles to weave our fabric materials.”
Sagar Mane, Founder of Vaayu Mitra, said, “Vaayu Mitra is the machine that converts kitchen waste into biogas, which can be used for household and cooking purposes. It can generate up to three hours of cooking gas from half a kg of kitchen waste, which is sufficient for a family. Vaayu Mitra can be set up for only Rs 21,000 for commercial and household purposes.”
Mrinal Vaidya, member of Jeevitnadi, said, “Our various products include toothpaste, shaving cream, soap, shampoo, washing detergent and toilet cleaners, which is directly related to water. Our products are non-chemical products to prevent water contamination. Moreover, it would also save our rivers from getting contaminated.”