How can we make people use eco-friendly cloth carry bags, instead of plastic ones?

Meet Anushka B, Lakshmi, Nitya, Kavinaya and Anushka R (Grade 8th)
Team Happy Bags, Social Impact Award Winner

A nushka B, Lakshmi, Nitya, Kavinaya and Anushka R, 13-years old students, saw a lot of people using plastic carry bags to carry stationary, groceries, clothes and other items near their apartment, and started researching on the problem of plastic pollution. 

Plastic is extremely harmful for the environment. We wondered if we could not only make people understand about the harmful effects of plastic, but also provide them with an alternative solution.

Idea

They started looking for alternatives and learnt that using cloth bags can be a solution as it is bio-degradable, can hold weight and last for years. When they spoke to people to understand why they do not use cloth bags, they realized that the ones available in the market are expensive. In order to provide people with a cheaper alternative, they decided to reuse old clothes that would otherwise be discarded to create cloth bags out of them. And with this, they launched their initiative, “Happy Bags”.

Our initiative, "Happy Bags" makes bags out of old clothes and sells them to people to reduce the usage of plastic bags and make our society 'plastic free'.

Solution Implemented

To test their idea, they started collecting old clothes from their neighbours, that would have otherwise been discarded. After that, they learnt how to stitch the old clothes to make carry bags, bought the required materials like glue and thread, and started stitching new bags. After making the first few bags, they began selling them to their neighbours. 

Once they got a positive response, they decided to create a bigger impact. They collected large amount of clothes from people, made bags out of them and went door-to-door in their apartments to sell them. They also made posters to tell people about the harmful affects to plastic and stuck them in their school and apartments. 

Impact Created

In a period of 3 months, they have made and sold 150+ bags that has reduced the usage of plastic bags. They now plan expand their team to create an even bigger impact.

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