Did you ever marvel concerning the atmosphere or the price of quick style as a young person? Most of us didn’t. However 16-year-old Nirvaan Somany learn a staggering statistic that left him deeply involved concerning the atmosphere.
The Class 11 scholar from the nationwide capital has launched into an endeavour referred to as Venture Denims, by which he’s changing outdated jeans to sleeping luggage for road dwellers in Delhi.
Why? In keeping with the United Nations, 10,000 litres of water are wanted to make a single pair of denims. Let’s perceive simply how a lot water that’s.
In keeping with the Ministry of Jal Shakti, city areas ought to obtain 135 litres of water per particular person per day, and rural households ought to obtain 55 litres per particular person per day. Because of this on common, if we eat roughly 100 litres per day, 10,000 litres is the water one particular person makes use of in India for 100 days. In rural areas, this identical quantity could be used for nearly 180 days.
So, a pair of denims is made utilizing the entire water one particular person can eat over 180 days.
Shaken to his core after studying this alarming statistic, in 2019, Nirvaan determined to pitch an answer on the then forthcoming Younger Entrepreneurs Academy.
“After I participated in YA, I got here up with the thought of constructing sleeping luggage out of outdated denims. I assumed that if I might do one thing good utilizing outdated denims, it might assist the atmosphere,” Nirvaan tells The Higher India.
Profiting from waste jeans
Having seen his household donate jackets to the homeless and people on the streets, he instantly considered one thing alongside related traces.
“Since denim has excellent insulating properties, I considered making sleeping luggage with it. Denim may be very sturdy and by no means will get outdated. As a substitute of throwing it, we are able to get good use out of it, whereas offering consolation from the tough Delhi winters,” he explains.
Whereas his preliminary thought was a enterprise pitch, the teenager determined to go forward along with his plan earlier this yr. As his mom is within the clothes enterprise, he had quick access to somebody educated within the enterprise.
Over the previous six months, he has collected over 1,400 pairs of denims.
To make a sleeping bag, he wants seven. “We first have to chop the belt portion of the denims and the legs are reduce down additional into strips. A lining of fabric is added to the denim, after which a layer of froth is given for insulation,” provides Nirvaan.
To examine if the sleeping luggage would offer sufficient safety towards the chilly, the Somanys made a prototype and tried utilizing it at house.
“We used the sleeping bag on our porch. I feel it ought to work as much as 6 levels Celsius,” says Shivani, Nirvaan’s mom.
Nirvaan can also be utilizing this as an opportuning to offer employment to girls.
He has employed 10 girls to make these luggage, he says. A few of these girls are wives of tailors who work at Shivani’s unit, and others hail from the close by village of Rajokri, which is close to their home.
“These girls have been unemployed earlier than. We educated them in making these sleeping luggage. They’ll make one bag per day, which provides as much as 300 luggage a month. Since we have to purchase the froth and lining material, plus the wages of the tailors, it prices us Rs 800 per bag,” says Nirvaan.
Up to now, they’ve made 112 sleeping luggage, which will likely be distributed within the streets of Delhi. They begin distribution from November 22, with the assistance of Robin Hood Military. They’re hopeful of constructing at the least 50 extra by this month finish.
They plan to donate these immediately or promote them to folks .
“Now we have managed to promote just a few. For the others, we’re operating a crowdfunding marketing campaign. Now we have the whole breakup for individuals who want to examine. We’re simply recovering the associated fee, no income,” says Shivani, Nirvaan’s mom.
‘Style accounts for 10 % of world carbon emissions.’
Initially, Nirvaan confronted numerous challenges in getting the jeans.
“I simply despatched a message on WhatsApp. Later, I began an Instagram web page, however I had simply three followers. One way or the other, via phrase of mouth, the message reached extra folks. We began getting numerous messages from throughout the nation asking about how they might donate,” says Nirvaan.
In the present day, Venture Denims has assortment centres in Chennai, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Pune and different cities.
He hopes that folks be taught concerning the atmosphere, via his initiative. “I need to create consciousness concerning the style trade. Subsequently, as a substitute of donating these luggage myself, I’m promoting to folks. Whereas shopping for this, they’ll find out about why jeans shouldn’t be thrown. Many individuals are prepared to purchase them,” says Nirvaan.
His mom too hopes that the youth be conscious whereas utilizing water, and shopping for garments. In keeping with the United Nations Setting Programme, style accounts for as much as 10% of world carbon dioxide output — greater than worldwide flights and delivery mixed.
“The carbon emissions of the style trade are increased than the whole journey trade. But, style air pollution doesn’t get the eye it wants. We begin with small steps at house, like not leaving the water faucet on. Let’s all observe such primary steps to save lots of the atmosphere,” says Shivani.
You may donate your outdated denims to Venture Denims right here.
Edited by Divya Sethu