Recycled to Something Beautiful

Arts & Culture Bangalore City

Recycle, Re-use and Reduce is the business motto of these women.

Women entrepreneurs in Bangalore have come up with a unique idea to recycle old jeans, bottles, wedding cards, and other material. This helps to reduce waste.

Tanushree Nair owner of Karaashilp collects denim jeans and makes bags. She makes bags for shopping and recently  came up with unique idea of yoga mat bags.

Tanushree’s husband gifted her a sewing machine for her birthday – and that is how all this started. She realized that there are lots of denims lying in the house, which she wanted to throw away, but instead,  she started experimenting with it and she came with the Idea.

These bags are  an alternative for plastic bags. Tanushree says, “Plastic ban should have come long ago. I think we shouldn’t have gone into plastic so much that it has penetrated into our daily lives. I see lots of people coming to me and saying I need good sturdy grocery bags;  please make me a good one.”

Vidya Ramamurthy, owner of Manikarnika, another recycling shop, started making gifting bags out of flattened empty cartons. She is now making bed-sheets by stitching torn clothes together. She is also in the advisory committee of Commissioner of Textiles of Karnataka.

She also runs a Satthvam trust which produces recycled and up- cycled cloth bags, trying to reduce the use of plastic bags. They are using old wedding cards to make earring boxes.

Vidya says, “People completely support such recycled products as they understand that there is some purpose in this endeavor.”

Environmentalist Akshay Heblikar says, “Recycling and reducing means less number of waste goes to the dump yard. Bangalore is finding it difficult to find places to dump their waste.  Recycling and reducing as much waste as possible is really important.”