For Better, Greener Future: Bhubaneswar-Based Youths Invent Eco-Friendly Pens To Cut Down Plastic Waste

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Bhubaneswar: Earth is in crisis. Plastic waste is polluting the seas and oceans. Ecosystems are in danger. It is the need of the hour for humans to do whatever little they can and make a difference. Prem Panday and Md Ahmad Raza, two Bhubaneswar-based youths, have realized this and have taken the first step.

The young innovators have invented eco-friendly pens from newspapers, fruits and flower seeds to cut down on waste generated by plastic pens. Produced through a start-up ‘Likhna’, these pens are available in two variants. While one consists of vegetable, fruit and flower seeds, the other is made without seeds. The pens can be customized as well.

The variants have been priced at Rs 7 and Rs 5, respectively. Panday explained, “Our pens are made of only 10% plastic which is the refill. The entire body is made of paper. In the seeds variant, we use seeds of chilli, tomato, spinach and flowering plants. Once the pen is discarded after use, the paper begins to bio-degrade in a week and then the seeds can germinate into plants.”

The youths are now researching on how to do away with the plastic refill. Their aim is to make the pens 100% free of plastic. When compared to the plastic pens that dominate the market, these pens are reasonably cheaper. “The grip is better and the body is water-resistant. Just like normal ones, these eco-friendly pens can also write for 4000 kilometers and the flow is smoother,” explained Panday.

Panday from Jamshedpur and Raza from Ranchi have completed their engineering diploma courses from a private Bhubaneswar college. The pens were their brain-child during their final year when they were asked to submit a project.

“We did not want to do something that would be forgotten after submission. We wanted something long-lasting. So, we looked at the problems in the market and decided to take on plastic waste. We received support from our Dean and went forward with this idea. We have received good reviews for our pens, not only in India but also from Germany and Australia,” Panday added.

The start-up has also developed a semi-automatic machine worth Rs 28,000 that rolls 200 pens in one hour. As production capacity is low, we are taking orders only for meetings and conferences. “We have sold 15000 in Odisha. Currently, we are looking for investment so that we can increase the production capacity,” informed Panday.

So next time you want to buy a pen, you know what to do to make a difference.

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Prem Panday