Best out of waste

Best out of waste

Did you know that you could make beautiful garlands out of refined oil packets, tea powder and salt packets? Or that you can transform soft drink caps into a giant toran (festoon) ? Well, it turns out that you can actually remodel mundane items into something creative and beautiful.

If you don’t believe me, read about two ambitious women who have proved just the same. Meet Sundara Aparanji, aged 70, a retired headmistress in Raichur, who took upon herself to revamp daily waste. Looking at the incredible amount of waste generated in her neighbourhood everyday, she decided to do something about it. She collected the fancy coverings of all kinds of groceries from families living in her neighbourhood and decided to make a giant garland from them.

Keeping the hygiene factor in mind, she soaked all the used packets in detergent-mixed hot water and dried them out in the sun. She then cut them into shapes of flowers and petals and used the gold-coloured wrappers that come with tea packets to tie them together. Around 400 pacets were used to make this garland, which consists of eight rows and measures about 224 feet in length.

An active member of the Inner Wheel Club in Raichur and Kamadenu Mahila Mandal, Sundara loves to create creative artefacts out of waste. A poetess by hobby, she also has three books published in her name and the fourth one is on its way. A grandmother herself, she doesn’t let age stop her from pursuing her interests. Giving all the credit to her family, who supported her interests in every possible way, she hopes that at least one of her creations will make it to the Lima Book of Records one day.

On the similar lines, her sister (Late) Kanta Aparanji, also a retired teacher, managed to create something beautiful from daily waste. Looking at a show on television, in which a woman prepared a necklace from broken glass bangles, Kanta was inspired to do something similar. 

She realised soft drink caps can be the perfect material for toran and started
collecting them. Her total assemblage numbered up to 28,374 caps, weighing around 25 kg. She then washed them clean in water and dried them. Piercing holes in the caps, she used a rope to bind them all together and made a colourful festoon. This arduous task took around two months of dedicated efforts but in the end, it all paid off. Her love for creativity managed to give a new life to ignored soft drink caps. 

With their ideas, both Sundara and Kanta have proved that all waste shouldn’t necessarily end up in a landfill. While most of us would have thrown our waste in the dustbins, these women have looked beyond and obvious. If you have the inclination, you can restyle even the ordinary daily waste into ravishing artefacts. You don’t need to be a qualified artist or a skilled craftsperson for this. Just some creativity and time will do wonders.

These women have also set example for us to help with the growing waste problem. Waste is increasingly becoming a major impediment to the overall development of a city. It’s time we contributed to the corrective processes in our own little way.

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