In episode 13 of the Impact India podcast, I speak with Manik Thapar, one of the pioneers of waste innovation and management in India and is known for his unique business model at Eco-Wise.
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Manik Thapar is a Canadian Citizen with Indian origin. Having done his MBA from The De Vos School of Management in Michigan, he moved to India in 2005. Inspired by the idea of setting up a waste innovation management company in India, which came from a school project; Manik at the age of 23 decided to enter the challenging industry despite initial difficulties and opposition from friends and family.
His efforts quickly become acknowledged across the country (and beyond!) and soon became a true youth icon. Currently, EcoWise is collecting, segregating, aggregating, treating and disposing of around 120 tonnes of waste on a daily basis through composting and recycling methods. Last year, his company managed to divert 35,000 tonnes of waste from ending up in landfills.
In this episode, Manik dives into the history and current status of political corruption and mafia in waste management in India, the responsibilities of consumers, the detailed difference between upcycling and downcycling, and how caste and infrastructure gets in the way of sustainable waste innovation management.
Jazz is one of the leading pioneers of the zero waste travel movement in India and the Director of Content at Causeartist. She is the co-founder of Hara House, India's first zero waste guesthouse, and Director of Hara World, an experiential education and impact travel organization for diverse young changemakers. Jazz is deeply passionate about empowering young people to become confident and knowledgeable leaders for sustainable development, zero waste living, conscious fashion, and responsible travel. She is a co-founder of Sustainable Travel Network, and host of the Impact India podcast.. Connect with Jazz at firstname.lastname@example.org