Eliran Assa

Wanting on the rising concern for our surroundings, the development of adopting an eco-friendly life-style is quick catching up all over the world.

Whereas switching to inexperienced merchandise could be overwhelming, it’s definitely not unimaginable. It may assist scale back plastic waste and enhance the standard of the setting we stay in.

And whereas we speak about taking over inexperienced initiatives, going a step forward and making a distinction in its personal method is Detour Odisha, a startup that takes vacationers on guided heritage trails throughout the state’s capital Bhubaneswar.

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Vacationers who visited the town got the plantable pens (Picture: NDTV)

After cyclone Fani affected the state just lately, Detour Odisha organised the 124th Ekamra Walks Previous City Circuit, throughout which the organisers distributed eco-friendly pens for vacationers as a memento, stories The New Indian Specific.

What’s attention-grabbing about these pens is it consists of vegetable, fruit, and flower seeds in it. These pens are manufactured by Likhan, a startup that was began by two school college students Prem Shanker Pandey and Md Raza of Centurion College, Odisha.

In a dialog with NDTV, 21-year-old Prem Shanker stated,

“We’ve made an eco-friendly different to use-and-throw pens. After all, these pens have a plastic refill, however the physique of the pens has been created from waste newspaper. Due to this fact, compared to common pens which can be 100 % plastic, our pens have solely 10 % plastic. Additionally, in contrast to common use and throw pens, you possibly can discard these upcycled pens in a pot or soil, nurture it, and inside weeks it is going to germinate right into a plant.”

The intention behind the startup was to sort out the paper waste generated on the college campus. Prem and Md Raza later landed up with an concept to produce paper pencil and took this idea to develop paper pens too.

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Plantable pens produced from previous information papers (Picture: NDTV)

Talking in regards to the initiative, Prem stated,

“Again in school, I together with one among my pals tried making edible water balls, that are an eco-friendly different to single-use plastic water bottles, however the challenge failed. Later, within the last 12 months, we had been requested to submit a challenge that was progressive and useful. We got every week’s time to seek out an issue in our group and devise an answer, which might be our challenge.”

The pen is produced from common merchandise like upcycled paper, glue (produced from indigenous glue), refill, and seeds. The founders have additionally designed a machine for pen manufacturing at a price of Rs 28,000, which may produce 200 pens in an hour. Whereas the common upcycled pen prices Rs 5, the plantable pen prices Rs 7.

(Edited by Megha Reddy)

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Eliran Assa