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Walk for Plastic initiative, an action platform for the environmentally conscious


Introduction

Walk for Plastic is an initiative by an artist to be considerate of the environment and not litter.

Product or concept

Creating awareness about littering and helping in educating the ragpickers’ community.

Problem being solved

Littering and its impact on the environment.

Process or technology involved

  • While walking or jogging, one needs to wear gloves and pick up the plastics in their locality.
  • Collected plastics are given to old paper marts/ recyclers.
  • Money obtained is given for rag pickers’ educational needs.

Sustainability benefits

  • Reduces the amount of plastic litter present on the roads.
  • Reduces environmental and socio-economic inequality in a vulnerable community.
  • Promotes a healthy and friendly community.

User segments that will benefit

  • Residential/Apartment Complexes
  • Office Complexes.
  • Municipal Corporations.

People or organizations involved

Community: Walk for Plastic

Person: Gowtham B

Innovations or USPs

  • Each community in a specific area follows a certain route to actively promote a clean environment to its residents.
  • Helps ragpicker communities by providing necessary skills and education.

Related engineering, science or business topics

Waste Management

Recycling

Who can contribute or get involved?

  • Students
  • Working Professionals
  • Educational Institutions
  • CSR Departments of Corporations.

Other interesting highlights

  • Close to 2 tonnes of plastic has been collected.
  • Walk for Plastic has seen 600+ volunteers save about 40,000 sq. ft of trash from accumulating in landfills.
  • Close to Rs. 20,000 has been collected and given to rag pickers’ children’s education.


Walks take place at different localities in:

Chennai

Videos

6 Countries Tackling Plastic Pollution | Ocean Wise

Plastic Pollution | WWF International

Plastic Pollution: How Humans are Turning the World into Plastic

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Know more about the people behind this

The plastic posse : The article talks about B Gowtham's motivation to start the "Walk for Plastic" initiative.

A walk against littering : The article examines the founder's motivation and the future goals of "Walk for Plastic" initiative.

Make a visit to get a first-hand experience

Involve yourself/participate in activities

Walk for Plastic : You can follow their facebook page to know more about the areas the walks happen in. Regular updates are provided on their facebook and instagram pages.

Purchase the product/solution

Connect with experts

Mathew Jose : Mathew Jose, through Paperman Foundation, has been working in the recycling sector since 2010.

Earth Recycler : Earth Recycler provides smart waste management and recycling services for various stakeholders in the urban environment.

Experiment through do-it-yourself projects

38 Plastic Bottle Life Hacks | Thaitrick : 38 do-it-yourself items that can be made using discarded plastic bottles.

How to | Slippers Using Waste Plastic Bags | Best Out of Waste | DIYCrafts India #99 : The video describes a creative use of discarded polythene bags to make slippers.

Precious Plastic 3 - Promo : The video explores how a maker's space allows one to be creative using disposed plastic waste.

Learn more

The Walking Girl of Gujarat : Rajeshwari from Gujarat is raising awareness on plastic pollution by walking for 1000+ km from Gujarat to New Delhi. This video by UN Environment follows her journey till date.

The surprising solution to ocean plastic | David Katz : The TED video explores how an intersection between circular economy guidelines and the barter system is humanity's biggest opportunity in ending ocean plastic pollution.

A running list of action on plastic pollution : The article provides a list of global solutions to tackle plastic pollution.

Why Plastic Pollution is Personal | Natalie Fee | TEDxBristol : The TED video describes City to Sea's campaign to reduce production of single use plastics in the UK.

The World's Dirtiest River | Unreported World : The documentary explores how the absence of effective disposal of plastic waste led to the death of Citarum river in Indonesia.