Young Women Lead the Green Brigade in India
TerraGreen|March 2021
India, like the rest of the world, is facing the scourge of rising pollution levels, particularly in the urban pockets of the country. In the fight against pollution and environmental degradation, many youngsters are proactively working towards spreading environmental awareness, designing ‘green’ products and technology to prevent environmental degradation and reduce pollution and creating ‘sustainable’ enterprises for a cleaner and greener planet. Among the youngsters, it is the women who stand out for their sheer conviction and drive.
Ms Manu Shrivastava

On International Women’s Day (March 8), the world celebrates women who have shattered boundaries and lead by example. In India too, women have been coming to the foreground to fight the menace of pollution and generate sustainable living alternatives.

In Kerala, when the COVID-19 cases were on the rise, several COVID care centres and treatment facilities were being set up generating a corresponding demand for beds, mattresses, etc. Social entrepreneur Lakshmi Menon got the idea of making mattresses from personal protective equipment (PPE) waste after she learnt that PPE manufacturing units were facing difficulties in disposing of the factory waste. Her unique bedrolls addressed the supply shortage in her area. The bedrolls so made are hygienic, lightweight, cost-effective, and much easier to disinfect, a necessity in situations like the COVID-19 pandemic.

The growing amount of plastic waste is one of the biggest concerns in India, just like the rest of the world. According to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) figures, India generates tonnes of plastic waste. A significant amount of this waste remains uncollected and ends up in the natural waterbodies, that is, seas and oceans or as waste dump on land, polluting the soil.

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