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TERI to back paper bag project by Pune students

Times of India, New Delhi, September 18, 2014


Three students from city colleges started a year-long project of making bags out of waste paper, however, with the success of the venture, it will now be backed by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) as a full-fledged project. It started as a year-long project for collecting waste paper and making bags from them, but following the success of the venture managed by three students from city colleges, it will be backed by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) as a full-fledged project. "Through the project we were able to connect school students, provide a source of enhancing the income of some slum dwellers and blind students," said Pravin Naik, who was a LEADearth fellow, a year-long youth leadership programme organized by TERI and Tetra Pak. At a programme organized at Ferguson College here on Tuesday, Naik and five others who had been selected for the pilot phase of the fellowship programme last year were given certificates of completion.


The second phase of the programme was also launched. "We are trying to find ways of keeping those who have already participated in the fellowship engaged, some of them in mentoring the fellows who will join this year. The project developed by Naik can be scaled up and we want to back it up," said Supriya Singh, fellow at TERI and head of the LEADearthSHIP programme. Over the past year, Naik and the two others on his team collected 35 tonne waste paper from students in five schools as well as contributions from others. This paper was then converted into paper bags by10 women, from various slums. The next phase of attaching string handles to the bags was done by a group of blind students and the bags eventually marketed by Naik and the others. Since the project involved practically no starting costs, the entire sum earned from the sale of the bags were given to the women and students who had made them. On some occasions, they came across people who were so pleased with the initiative that they were willing to pay more than the cost price of Rs 2 or 3.


This additional income was donated to a non-governmental organization that works for children affected by cerebral palsy. "We already have plans for setting up vocational centres in five slums of the cities to train people in making these bags," Naik said. While Naik's project was found to be feasible for scaling up to the next level, other fellows of the programme have also had an enriching experience. "I worked on a project where we taught school children to reuse waste paper by converting it into papier-mache. We also conducted a drive to collect paper in colleges and made notebooks that were given to underprivileged children. I had always wanted to do something for the environment, but this fellowship gave me the push. Of course, the monetary help required for the project was also provided by the fellowship grant," said Supriya Barve, another fellow from the programme. At present, applications are being invited for the second phase of the programme, which will commence in November. The second phase of the programme was launched with a ?Cycle to Recycle' rally early in the morning.