Yash and Sachi Maniar, Shunya Alternatives

Yash Maniar and his sister Sachi thought it was crazy that people would use a plastic spoon for five minutes and then just throw it away. Growing up in India, Yash saw beaches filled with glass and plastic waste. This made a strong impact on him, causing him to ask ‘Why are we still consuming materials that pollute the environment when there are other alternatives available?’

In response, he and his sister developed biodegradable tableware including plates, bowls and take-away cartons made from areca nut leaf and bagasse, a sugarcane by-product, plus drinking straws made from bamboo.

The Do School in Germany is providing mentoring and support to the project.

Yash and Sachi are working to shift the current mindset about eco friendly products in India by creating aesthetically pleasing, hygienic, and sustainable items, as well as oil resistant, microwaveable, and freezer friendly.

The funds from The Pollination Project are offered as a Pay it Forward loan, and will be used to build a website for their company, Shunya Alternatives, pay corporate filing fees, and create marketing materials.

For more information on Shunya Alternatives, check out their website and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

GRANT AWARD DATE:  October 25, 2014