Aryabhatta college students have creative solutions to grave problems

Updated: Dec 22, 2021

Started in 2017, Project Utkarsh has a dual motive of using the otherwise discarded fruit and vegetable pulp and also provides additional earning opportunities for women. The project brings out a positive change in the environment by collecting waste pulp from local juice shops. This pulp, which is rich in nutrients and antioxidants, is further used to make salty wafers named Veggitos. Not only are the Veggitos nutritious but they also make a delicious product satisfying the taste buds of the consumer.

For making Veggitos, the team has collaborated with local unemployed and underprivileged women. The project, thereby, ensures financial empowerment to these women by providing them with a sustainable source of income for their households. Project Utkarsh covers many Sustainable Development Goals like good health and well-being, gender equality, industrial innovation and infrastructure, reduced inequality, and responsible consumption and production.

There is a grave problem of waste management in our nation. Landfills are full of plastic, chemical, and medical waste but the one that goes unnoticed totally is floral waste arising from the thousands of temples across the nation. So to provide a solution to this problem, team enactus Aryabhatta started Project Palaash where they manufacture organic dyes made from waste flowers. The Project aims to curb the growing water contamination from chemical dyes by providing a replacement for the same.

With tonnes of floral waste going down the drain daily, it is hard to even imagine these flowers being an opportunity for bringing sustainability. With Palaash, the team aims to bring a wave of sustainable fashion to society by up-cycling the waste flowers and using them to naturally dye fabrics in a sustainable manner. The project thereby covers Sustainable Development Goal number 11 - sustainable cities and communities, 8 - decent work and economic growth, 12 - responsible consumption and production, 14 - life on water, and 15 - life on land.

In conversation with Roomana Amir Enactus Aryabhatt

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