This Vizag-based startup is setting the tone for eco-friendly celebrations this year

A metropolis startup is making waves on social media with its wide selection of eco-friendly gadgets akin to rakhis, friendship bands, idols of Lord Ganesha and the nationwide flag.

GreenWaves Environmental Solutions (GWES), which aspires to remove single-use plastic from households, is unveiling its ‘Clean and Green’ idea on August 1 by way of which it’ll promote ‘seed rakhis’, Ganesh idols and tricolours — all made from seeds taken from 19 forms of native crops.

The seed flag idea has gone viral in Twitter with actors akin to Naga Chaitanya and Sai Dharam Tej and music composer Devi Sri Prasad tweeting in assist. “This Independence Day, let us use a bio-degradable flag to show our patriotism which can later be turned in to a plant by following a simple procedure. Let’s join hands to protect our environment,” tweeted actor Sai Dharam Tej, tagging the Viskhapatnam-based agency’s Twitter deal with.

“We are floored by the support for our concept. After the post went viral, we have received scores of orders. We have already taken up 10,000 orders of the seed flags till now,” Potluri Anil Chowdary, managing director of GreenWaves Environmental Solutions, informed The Hindu.

“Single-use plastic is emerging as the biggest polluter of the environment. Our aim is to offer alternatives and reduce the use of plastic,” he stated.

GWES has a staff of 5 individuals who’re working additional time to satisfy the orders, aside from pupil volunteers who’re interning with the agency. Seeds of crops akin to cherry tomato, brinjal, chilli, spinach, tulsi, tamarind, neem and coriander, have been utilized in these bands and Ganesha idol. Each product is made from cotton, fabric and paper and comes neatly wrapped in paper with an instruction handbook on the best way to plant the seeds.

For Ganesh Chaturthi, GWES has plans to begin a group drive of dry leaves, flowers and coconuts utilized in puja, and reuse it to make incense sticks and coconut bowls. Six months in the past, the agency had launched temple flower waste administration.

Temple waste recycling

“We collected close to 300 kg of flower waste from seven temples in the city and made around 10,000 incense sticks. The project had to be halted due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. We plan to restart it through a door-to-door collection drive during Ganesha Chaturthi to bring down festival waste,” Mr. Anil stated. The seed rakhis, friendship bands, tri-colour seed flags and Ganesha idols will be ordered by way of WhatsApp by calling or messaging 9550685178.

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