GUEST BLOG: Students in India Make & Distribute 200,000 “Green Bags”

Earth Day Network partner The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) conducted a waste paper recycling and bag-making campaign around Earth Day.  Over sixty schools across the length and breadth of India participated.  The result was 200,000 recycled bags! 

Each bag was made using old newspapers and other used paper.  Students creatively decorated the bags and wrote environmental messages on them. The students disseminated the paper bags among neighbourhood communities, shopkeepers, and street vendors, as a greener alternative to plastic bags.

JeevanMuktNishulakVidayala Centres from Jagatpura, Nayagaon in Punjab and Panchkula in Haryana made the most paper bags – a total of 12,000 bags.  Business even got involved; employees at Dell International Services in Mohali, Punjab, were inspired to help students prepare 67,000 paper bags.

Each bag made was an Act of Green that also helped youth better understand how to reduce waste and better manage resources.  TERI commends their commitment to the environment. 

You can learn more about TERI’s Earth Day events here.

Ranjeeta Buti is a Fellow at the Energy and Resources Institute.