Today's Children are tomorrow's citizens. Time and again, the 10 year old 6th grader, Manya Harsha from Vibgyor High BTM Bangalore, has proved that Age dosent matter to make a difference.
Manya has been a high achiever, creative and innovative child right from the age of 4. She has been credited with many achievements, and has also authored many environment themed books at this young age.
Have you ever heard of Onion Papers? Papers made out of onion peels? Garlic peels? Potato peels? Peas? Corn? Here is a 10 year old Young Environmental activist who is busy Recycling Every day kitchen waste into an eco-friendly Paper each day!
On an average every household in India generates around 300 grams of Vegetable waste on a daily basis. If this waste is properly utilized, we can do wonders! We have all come across bio enzymes and compost . But this is something totally new! An idea to generate A PAPER everyday from your daily kitchen waste.
Meet the 10 year old Recycler Manya Harsha who strongly believes nothing in this world is a waste, untill you consider it to be a waste! This 6th grader from Vibgyor High BTM Bangalore, has successfully utilized her time in lockdown making Eco-friendly Paper out of kitchen waste.
Manya has taken up a lot of unique initiatives towards the environment. One such being, creating paper from kitchen waste. Getting ideas which are unique such as making paper out of kitchen waste isn’t a common thing. Not every child can think so creatively and uniquely. This initiative could lead to a big service to the society if scaled up. Every year millions of Trees are cut for making paper. If this initiative to make paper from vegetable waste can be made a household activity for all children, we may be able to reduce usage of papers manufactured from cutting of Trees. The idea is just a beginning, it could become a huge revolution if encouraged.
As we all know that recycling a ton of paper we can save 20 trees, 7,000 gallons of water, three cubic yards of landfill space and 30 kilograms of air pollutants?
Recycled paper reduces energy and helps stop deforestation.
India, With around 1.3 billion population, generates an average of 1000 gms of kitchen waste per day, if everyone starts recycling vegetable peels into paper, each one can contribute to the lessening of Ecological crisis.
Paper and deforestation is a very common problem the world is facing. If one could generate paper at home , from our own kitchen waste, the paper shopping will definitely be cut down says Manya.
Coming down to the statistics, Manya says "8 trees are sacrificed for 1000 pounds of paper! Now with around 10 onion peels, I can make 2 A4 size papers.. Just like every drop counts, every single bit of eco friendly products help to combat the global ecological crisis. The impact may not be huge in the start, but definitely it ignites for a sustainable future. A 1/2 kg of Peas husk can make 3 A4 size sheets! 2 -3 babycorn husk makes around 2 ( approximately)A4 size sheets ! "
These colorful vegetable papers are just like any other handmade paper. You can , write, draw, paint, fold and create art out of it.
▪︎These papers are 100% organic and natural.
▪︎They dont even have the stinch or bad odur!
▪︎100% natural in color and artistic
▪︎It can be used in art and craft , envelop, greeting card, to paint , to write..etc just like any paper or cardboard.
▪︎Zero chemicals used
▪︎ Easy to do at ones home
▪︎Zero costing start up
▪︎ Daily Kitchen waste is the raw material.
▪︎A green solution to waste management
▪︎ Reduces destruction of trees for making paper.
▪︎Once you are done with these papers, you can put them back to the soil as fertilizers. They easily decompose.
Apart from this, at a very young age of 8, Manya took the lead in raising awareness for saving water through calling for a kids walkathon in the local community. She distributed paper bags to local vendors, so as to reduce usage of plastic & raised awareness among the trading community regarding the ill effects of plastic to our planet. She has taken up many Solo clean up drives on the beaches and lake. Her work was highly appreciated and recognized by UN Water on their official Facebook page. She is also given the The water HEROES award 2020 by the ministry of JAL Shakthi for her contribution to spread awareness to conserve water.
Manya is also the young author of Nature themed books, Nature our Future, The Water Heroes, Once Upon A Time in 2020 , being the latest . Being honored with title GRANDMASTER from Asia book of RECORDS, Manya has set the record as the YOUNGEST POET OF INDIA 2019 , in Vajra book of RECORDS, India book of Records, Golden book of Records, World book of RECORDS India, Exclusive world RECORDS, Karnataka ACHIEVERS book of RECORDS. Manya is the YOUNGEST KANNADA AUTHOR, with her books Neerina Putani Samrakshakaru and Ondanondu kaladalli 2020( lockdown nenapugalu) making a huge name among the readers. Manya is also honored with the title YOUNGEST ANIMATED SHORT STORY MAKER, from India Book of Records for making animated short stories to spread awareness amongst the masses. Manya is also the Founder and Editor of the Digital kids journal SUNSHINE FORTNIGHTLY.
At such a young age these are no ordinary achievements. She is a motivation, not just for other students but also for us, adults.
She is a young achiever in all aspects and is a role model for the society and hence deserves the award.She will be a great future citizen for this country and needs to be encouraged.
"Every day is Earth Day , Every day is Environment day , every day is World wild life day to me. You dont need to wait for the day to do your bit for Mother Nature. Celebrate mother Nature Every day "
- MANYA HARSHA