A 14-year-old makes biodegradable pots to reduce plastic waste

Srija, a 14-year-old girl from Telangana, a city in India’s Gadwal region, has created biodegradable planting pots made from discarded peanut shells. She came up with the idea after one day while she was digging in the dirt to plant a tree, she found a plastic bag underground.

With the help of her mentor and math teacher, Srija learned that peanut shells are rich in phosphorus and calcium, retain water well, and decompose gradually. All these factors make peanut shell waste the perfect raw material for a biodegradable pot that also offers nutrients to new plants. Peanut shells are especially ideal in the Gadwal region, as there are many large peanut plantations located there, leaving countless wasted shells.

Srija was able to come up with an eco-friendly, nutrient-boosting pot that would completely degrade in less than 20 days. Next she presented her idea to T-Works, an Indian company, who approved the concept and offered a plan to manufacture machinery that will help her increase production. Now with their support, she can create way more of her products.

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