Scrapshala: Upcycling your space instead of landfilling your waste

ScrapShala’s mission is to repurpose scrap and upcycle them into products that are greener, sustainable and affordable.


For many of us, Upcycling still remains a new term.

The terms such as Recycle, Reuse and Reduce are the most popular ones when we talk about waste management and sustainable lifestyles.

Recycling as a process is lengthy and involves lot of energy for breaking down the original product to recreate a new product, often reducing the quality of recycled product. Moreover not all material can be recycled.

For youth, it has become a cool statement today and many opt for recycled products over fresh ones.

Upcycling by intention is similar to Recycling. It makes the use of waste material to create a new product by redesigning/repurposing them using imagination and art.

Upcycling recreates a product of higher quality and purpose without altering the original construct of old material. It’s a creative, practical and economic process which can be adopted by consumers based on their requirements and from comfort of the household.

Raw material for upcycling is already available in a consumer’s surrounding is form of old and unused scrap items such as wardrobe, plastic bags, beverage bottles, glassware, cartons, Sytrofoam utensils and packaging, electronic waste and paper.

Upcycling without using energy is able to serve the purpose of reuse of old material, moreover with added value. Upcycling, if, adopted by every consumer can mitigate the problem of environmental pollution and landfill waste management to a great extent.

Just imagine an upper middle class consumer purchasing a bottle of soft drink every day. He is adding 365 glass/plastic bottles every year to landfill by throwing it away.

Even if one upcycles 50% of 365 bottles and converts it into products such as planters, one is saving 182 bottles an year from going to landfill.

Now imagine one lakh users doing a similar practice.

They can together save 1.82 crore plastic bottles from getting thrown away in landfill, where they may take more than 80 years to get decomposed!!

Most commonly used household non-biodegradable products get thrown away as scrap after a single/few time use. After being thrown away, they get dumped in huge quantity in landfills, forests and waterways, critically harming flora and fauna of Earth.

ScrapShala, an initiative to repurpose scrap into utility, operates with a mission to replace the home/office décor and utility products with upcycled products which are greener, sustainable and affordable. We want to create public awareness about upcycling and generate market for upcycled goods.

ScrapShala is presently dealing with plastic, glass, Styrofoam, paper and electronic waste. Only limitation is we work on items that are uncrushed and unbroken.

Here are few of our products made out of Plastic soft drink bottles.

4“By recycling 10 billion PET bottles, one can save one million square yards of landfill space..” says a study by Business today.

If you have spare glass wares like milk bottle, pickle jar and beverage bottles, they can be upcycled into these funky and handmade decorative vases.

Glass is considered to be worst candidate for landfill as it may make millions of years for glass to decompose.

Few products that can be repurposed from cardboard boxes such as Shuttle cork box and wine bottle cover box.

If you have spare old video tapes dumped in storeroom, upcycle them into this book stand.

ScrapShala is presently operating from Varanasi and implements in field by conducting workshops for schools, colleges and corporates. We also customize upcycled products for people for gift purpose, home and office decor.

“More than 63 percent of consumers are familiar with green products and of those, 85 percent have confidence that they are better for the environment’ TNS global report. Also a study showed that 25%-30% Indian consumers prefer eco-friendly products.

With such uprising market potential, it is important that Indian consumers are given best options for recycled and repurposed goods, keeping quality and affordability as prime concern.

Here is link to ScrapShala Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/scrapshala?ref=aymt_homepage_panel

Contact us at:scrapshala@gmail.com


  ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Shikha Shah has spent considerable time in rural parts of India working on areas such as water conservation, renewable energy, agriculture, livelihood and education. In her free time, she loves exploring new social innovations/startups and writing about them. She can be contacted at shikhashah2002@gmail.com more

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  ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Shikha Shah has spent considerable time in rural parts of India working on areas such as water conservation, renewable energy, agriculture, livelihood and education. In her free time, she loves exploring new social innovations/startups and writing about them. She can be contacted at shikhashah2002@gmail.com more

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