Children from slum localities in India find themselves with very limited resources to support their education. To address a part of this problem, Hyve India Private Limited, a leader in exhibitions and conferences, joined hands with Dream a Difference NGO as part of their CSR initiative to help provide notebooks and pens to underprivileged children. The initiative called as “Recycle for Education” utilized recycled papers to produce thousands of notebooks and pens which were then distributed, thereby also contributing to environmental sustainability.
The initiative started with an extensive collection drive across the National Capital Region of Delhi, inviting and encouraging the resident urban population to donate their household waste paper like newspapers, magazines, old books, cardboard, corrugated packaging, print waste, etc. Collection kiosks were set up at multiple locations and the initiative received an overwhelming response with a large number of people donating their paper waste for this noble cause.
Collections from the campaign were then brought together to a warehouse, where this paper waste was sorted, categorized and subsequently sent to a warehouse for preparing rolls of recycled paper, which was then utilized to produce 20,000 notebooks and 10,000 eco-friendly plant-able seed pens. These were distributed to children at slum localities in Delhi-NCR, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh via orphanages and child-care partners. Children were encouraged to sow the pens after use and nurture them to witness the growth of the seeds into plants.
The initiative has saved approximately 700 trees, 1 million liters of water, 140 cubic meters of landfill space and prevented environment from 30,000 kg of carbon emissions.
Statistics on the distributed items, total beneficiaries and area targeted:
Targeted study centers and orphanages: Eleven (11)
Targeted beneficiaries: One thousand (1,000)
Total production from recycled papers: Twenty thousand (20,000) notebooks and Ten thousand (10,000) pens
Distribution per beneficiary: One (1) kit had Twenty (20) notebooks and Ten (10) pens
Impact of CSR Activity on Community and Environment:
Saved over 700 trees, equivalent to 1.6 lakh kW-H of energy
Saved 1 million liters of water
Saved 140 cubic meters of landfill space
Prevented 30,000 kgs of CO2 emissions
1000+ students supported for annual stationery requirement
Eco-friendly Notebooks and Pens made from recycled papers
Seed Pens that turn into a sapling when sown