Bangalore, Sept 15 : The 'Cartons to Classrooms' initiative to convert Cartoons into furniture and donate them to Government Higher Primary Schools was launched in the City today.
SEARCH, an environment education programme driven by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and Tetra Pak India, has involved school children to collect over one lakh Tetra pak cartons which will be recyled into furniture, according to a release here today. Now in its fourth year, Project SEARCH is continuing to sensitise students about proper waste management and the importance of practicing sustainable lifestyles.
After involving over 30,000 students in the city, Project SEARCH has now reached out to the masses with the 'Cartons to Classrooms' initiative. Participants came out in the hundreds to support the cause at a two day-festival at Phoenix Mall, Whitefield, which culminated today. Ranjana Saikia, Director, Educating Youth for Sustainable Development, TERI, said 'the 'Cartons to Classrooms' initiative under Project SEARCH is an important step towards building awareness on carton recyclability.
It is a proud fact that the carton-collection drive is for a good cause and will benefit the students of underprivileged schools.' Jaideep Gokhale, Tetra Pak South Asia Markets, Communications and Environment Director, said 'this is a validation of the good work being done under Project SEARCH. It is very satisfying to know that our cartons are being collected in such large numbers for recycling, even more so when they are being recycled into furniture that will benefit an underprivileged school.
' A 20-foot tall mega structure in the shape of a Tetra Pak carton was constructed in the mall to hold the cartons collected by the students and other participants.