IIT Kanpur, Tata Trusts incubated startup wins UN award

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Virendra Singh Rawat
Lucknow / Sep 24, 2018
Kanpur-based startup HelpUsGreen, which converts flowers and offerings collected from religious places into biodegradable products, has received the United Nations Young Leaders Award.

 

Ankit Agarwal, Co-Founder, HelpUsGreen, was selected as one of the 17 young leaders for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly, New York. He was selected from over 18,000 youth representing 184 different countries.

 

Founded in May 2015 by Ankit Agarwal and Karan Rastogi, HelpUsGreen has been incubated by Tata Trusts’ Social Alpha and IIT Kanpur. It offers a sustainable solution to the monumental ‘temple-waste’ challenge in India.

 

Over the next 2 years, Ankit will be engaged in UN advocacy activities and support young people by collaborating with the UN on strategic opportunities.

 

Having pioneered ‘flowercycling’ technology to preserve river Ganges from becoming a dumping ground for temple waste, the startup has so far recycled over 11,000 tonnes of temple-waste flowers.

 

HelpUsGreen collects 8.4 tonnes of floral-waste daily, which is upcycled into biodegradable packaging material, charcoal-free incense and natural vermicompost.

 

To create a circular economy, HelpUsGreen employs women, who were earlier manual scavengers, thereby impacting about 75 manual scavenger families and increasing their income 6 folds. They are also provided with facilities like insurance, bus service and medical benefits.

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