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Press note: World Environment Day

The Beauty of Recycling

An event organised by eCoexist and FabIndia


eCoexist and FabIndia will be celebrating World Environment Day through an event entitled The Beauty of Recycling, to be held at FabIndia Sohrab Hall and Aundh on the 5th and 6th June 2010.

Choosing the theme of Recycling, eCoexist and FabIndia have brought together groups from all over the country who are involved in recycling waste to create products of utility and beauty.

As the city of Pune faces a growing problem of waste disposal, it has become imperative for citizens to realise the impact of their lifestyle choices. To reduce the amount of waste we create, we need to become aware of the possibilities of reuse and recycling. This could be something as simple as reusing plastic carry bags until they are completely degraded to recycling Tetrapak juice cartons to extract paper out of it for reuse. Also, recycling waste does not mean that we are surrounded by products that look like trash!

The Beauty of Recycling is an event which will showcase how six groups from all over the country have taken various waste materials and reused them to recreate products of high aesthetic value and functionality.

The products on display and sale will include products made out of waste cloth, egg cartons, popcorn baskets, magnetic tape from audio and video cassettes, newspaper, tetrapak cartons, rewoven plastic carry bags. These materials have been used to make bags, dustbins, jewellery, backpacks, paper napkins, photo frames in a way that one could never guess what the original waste material used was. Additionally we will have products to help people recycle their own waste such as pots to compost kitchen waste on a daily basis.

These products are brought to you by eCoexist, Pune, SEWA, Ahmedabad, Thunk, Bangalore, Society for Child Development, Delhi, Damanganga, Vapi, and Daily Dump, Pune. The group includes a mix of social and developmental organisations such as Society for Child Development that works with disabled children and SEWA, young designers from Bangalore such as Thunk, and industries such as Damanganga that have taken recycling to the next scale.

The two day event which is being hosted by FabIndia at its two locations at Sohrab Hall and Aundh, is being sponsored by Thermax India Limited. Smt Anu Aga will inaugurate the event on Saturday 5th June which will also screen short films on environment and have a papier mache workshop by Smt Bharati Pitre.

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