Apart from giving you cancer and eventually being the ‘good element’ needed to kill you, a cigarette is also contributing in huge quantity towards increasing pollution.
The pollutants generated by the cigarette arise from the chemical process of burning organic matter, or combustion of tobacco and paper. Furthermore, these cigarette butts lying here and there also makes for India’s most littered item.
Statistics say that more than 100 billion cigarette butts are dumped in India every year and so, in order to fight that, this duo is fighting India’s battle against pollution with one butt at a time.
Naman Gupta and Vishal Kanet, the masterminds behind CODE initiative are recycling cigarette waste.
“Like every other college students, we were hanging out with some of our friends at a house. We were amazed to see how much cigarette waste we were generating in mere 4-5 hours.When we asked one of our friends who was cleaning that waste for us that how exactly he is disposing of it, we found out that he was unaware what to do with it.” said Naman Gupta, as reported by Swachh India.
This discovery was pivotal to their foundation and they ended up founding CODE initiative.
Further discussion led to an in-depth understanding of how no one is taking care of waste management, which is when the idea struck to them.
It was then when Naman and Vishal then established CODE.
Article Originally Published at IndiaTimes