The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has honored Uttar Pradesh based startup 'HelpUsGreen' for its works to clean River Ganga by recycling tonnes of floral waste.
The UNEP presented the award to the 14 other countries along with India at the Nations Climate Action award ceremony during the UN Climate Change Conference in Katowice.
HelpUsGreen started as world’s first profitable solution to the waste problem created by flowers in a monumental temple.
As per the report, a total of 8.4 tons of floral waste is collected by the startup every day from the temples in Uttar Pradesh.
The HelpUsGreen startup helped 1260 women who have been supporting the startup and 19 children whose mother works at manual scavengers started going to school.
The HelpUsGreen startup collects the floral waste daily from the temples. These flowers are then recycled to produce charcoal free incense, organic vermicompost, and biodegradable packaging material through Flowercycling technology.
According to UN, the startup flower cycled 11060 metric tonnes of temple waste by the women working with the startup. According to data, more than 800 million metric tonnes of flowers are used in temple and these flowers are thrown into the Ganga river. The river filled with lots of waste, toxins, and pesticides dumped into it, eventually lead to pollution and water-borne diseases.