With Eco-friendly Stationery This Green Warrior From Mumbai Is Saving Trees And Protecting The EnvironmentWant to go green this year? Start by ditching wooden pencils, notebooks and switch to eco-friendly stationery

New Delhi: ‘Everyone can do their bit for the environment, one just needs the will to do it,’ with this as her motto, Renuka Shah from Mumbai who is an interior stylist by profession started her eco-friendly venture Jalebi in 2014. Through her venture, 33-year-old waste warrior sells stationery items – pencils, notebooks, envelops that after usage instead of ending up in the garbage pile like the traditional products, grows into a plant. Renuka’s aim is to reduce the waste load from the overfilled landfills, and, secondly, to save the trees from being cut. Till now because of her initiative, Renuka has planted more than 3 lakhs trees in the country. Here is how Renuka is converting waste to wealth.

Also Read: From Greeting Cards, Coasters To Calendars, This Man Is Reducing Paper Waste In India By Converting Them Into A Plant

With Eco-friendly Stationery This Green Warrior From Mumbai Is Saving Trees And Protecting The Environment
These are eco-friendly pencils, after using it, instead of throwing it in a dustbin, put it in a pot and get yourself a plant

The Green Idea: From Where It All Began

Speaking to NDTV about her green journey Renuka Shah said,

Since my childhood, I was very environmentally conscious. Eco-friendly things always interested me. I took a sabbatical back in 2014 as I was expecting my first baby, it was then, I started exploring eco-friendly initiatives.

Renuka began her research in the year 2014 and decided she wants to change the way of writing in India by making people switch things like wooden pencils, bookmarks, and notebooks that harm the environment with the greener alternatives.

Also Read: Give Paper Waste, Get Plant In Return, That Is 37-Year-Old Woman’s Solution To Deal With Excess Waste In Noida

With Eco-friendly Stationery This Green Warrior From Mumbai Is Saving Trees And Protecting The Environment
Eco-friendly notebook made using seed paper – a special type of paper that grows into a plant

I researched and came up with the idea of seed paper – a special type of paper that when sowed in the soil grows into a plant. This concept which is quite known internationally, but remains unexplored in India. I focused on stationery, because everyone uses it and through my initiative I wanted to target more and more people.

In the same year, Renuka figured out a cost-effective manufacturing unit of seed-paper in Jaipur and set-up the two factories – one in Pune and the other one in Mumbai.

Underprivileged women in these factories helped us assemble the products – pencils, notebooks and envelopes. We have kept the product line limited as we want to first focus on these products and then move ahead, explained Renuka.

With Eco-friendly Stationery This Green Warrior From Mumbai Is Saving Trees And Protecting The Environment
Meet waste warrior Renuka Shah who is selling eco-friendly stationery items – pencils, notebooks, envelops that after usage instead of ending up in the garbage pile like the traditional products, grows into a plant

All About The Green Initiative Jalebi

Today, Jalebi’s paper products incorporate a variety of everyday herbs and produce, including tomatoes, fennel, brinjal, lettuce, tulsi, marigold, coriander and mustard among other plants. The products are available online on their official site and other online e-stores. The products start at a cost price of Rs 150 and go up to Rs 500 and are being sold across India.

“We are selling grow me pencil (a box of 10 pencils) at a cost price of Rs 449, grow me notebooks for Rs 159 and 249. The other products we are focusing on are bookmarks and envelops,” said Renuka.

Highlighting how the products are turned into plants, Renuka said,

“The concept is simple, once the product is used, instead of throwing it in a dustbin, we ask people to put it in a pot with soil and continuously water it. The paper has a seed inside, in 20-22 days’ time, the seed starts germinating and the paper waste is converted into a plant.”

With a hope to take her eco-friendly venture to greater heights and make it a pan-India movement – where every individual is using greener stationery items, Renuka signs off by saying,

If each one of us adopt even one green practice, half of the job to make our country clean will be done. Waste will not vanish from the country in one day, but if we all contribute towards the cause of Swachh India, there is no way our country will not meet its target of a clean nation by 2019.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may also like

IIT Madras, University Of Southampton And British Council Join Hands For Waste Management Solutions

The UK India Social Entrepreneurship Education Network is organizing the event in collaboration by the IIT Madras' Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CSIE) find, fund and support innovative and sustainable solutions that provide efficient ways to manage waste