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https://thelogicalindian.com/exclusive/tanvi-mittal-3d-printer-filaments/

Meet Tanvi Mittal, The Girl Who Has Been Recycling Plastic To Make 3D Printer Filaments

Tanvi Mittal  is an Amani Social Innovation Management Fellow and part of Kenya Class 8. This article was originally published in The Logical Indian by Sromona Bhattacharyya on July 19, 2018. You can view it here.

When Tanvi Mittal went to Kenya for a 9-month-long fellowship programme, little did she know that the practices of waste management in the African country are going to inspire her to replicate the model in India.

After months of hard work, innovation and ideating, 25-year-old Mittal is finally getting closer to her goal — establishing a social enterprise which not only tackles the problem of plastic waste pollution but empowers waste collectors as well. After coming back from Kenya, Mittal set up an enterprise, Grennovations aimed at curbing the menace of plastic waste.

While talking to The Logical Indian, Tanvi pressed upon the plight of the waste workers in our country. She said that the sector is unorganised and with the help of her enterprise, Tanvi plans to “integrate them into forming cooperatives”.


From Waste To Filaments

How she plans to do this is where her ingenuity lies. Most of us usually look at PET bottles and think nothing of them, but Tanvi who is a design engineer by profession thought of shredding them into pieces, only to reuse them to form filaments for 3D printers. Such filaments are known as “Ethical Filaments”. She further added that most of the filaments that are in use in India are made up of virgin plastic.


Explaining the process, Tanvi said that the waste collectors would procure the plastic waste, sieve through it to determine which ones should go for further processing. After this, they will not only shred the plastic into little pieces and produce the filaments. “We are going to try and sell the filaments online to both B2B and B2Cs,” she added.

Six months in and Tanvi is already busy testing the filaments and said that once the product is finalised, she is going to launch her company. Talking about the waste collectors, she said that 56 of them had been trained on how to sieve through plastic and shred them. She has also provided them with safety gears. Some of these waste workers are independent while some others work under the local municipal bodies as contractual wage labourers. Tanvi went to various informal settlements in the National Capital Region of Delhi to identify the waste collectors.


Keen interest in helping the society

However, Tanvi’s interest in serving the society is nothing new. She said that she has always participated in volunteering work. However, something sparked in her after her 15-day long Jagriti Yatra two years ago. The 8000 kms long train travel in India helps participants in meeting change-makers and role models from different walks of life.

“This journey made me realise that I wanted to make a greater impact with the kind of work that I do,” added Tanvi. Her zeal of bringing innovation as well as social impact led her to quit her job and set foot on a path which she thinks will serve a greater purpose.

She feels very strongly for the marginalised sections of the society, especially the waste collectors who live in dismal conditions. With her Enterprise, Tanvi envisions that she will be able to uplift their condition. Although she is presently working out of Gurugram, she wishes to expand her business to other parts of the country as well.

Talking about her goals and aspirations, Tanvi said that she is focused on creating an online presence and get a few good team members on board. She said that going by the pace of work, Greennovations will get things up and running in a couple of months’ time.

Greennovations is one of the four Indian social enterprises which has been shortlisted for the prestigious Young Social Entrepreneurs Programme 2018 organised by the Singapore International Foundation. Tanvi said that her journey with the foundation has been fantastic thus far in the sense that she has received guidance and mentorship in launching her social venture. Additionally, she said that she, along with 15 other teams, have been preparing for the final round of pitching in October 2018 where they could be given the chance to receive funding of up to S$20,000.

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Testimonials

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The Amani experience didn’t end at the end of the course – the second leg of the journey was merely starting. The strong and dynamic community of alumni along with the tireless support of the core team remain one of my dearest assets to date. Amani is about the mindset – if you’re hungry for more, you can always count on the community to help you move forward. You find what you bring. Anytime. Rodolphe Strauss | 2013 Alumn; Co-Founder, Sharing Bros
Jonathan Lewis
It is the BEST, most concise roadmap for potential change agents! Jonathan Lewis | Founder of Opportunity Collaboration and MCE Social Capital, on the Amani Institute approach
“In my first week alone, I received so much as to make the fee for the entire program worthwhile. I know other courses that cost the same for one week as Amani Institute charges for five months. It made a big impact on my life in the first week alone – so was totally worth it!” 
Francesca Folda | 2015 Alumna; former Focus Editor in Chief Italy
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I wanted to move away from just doing community service to developing social enterprises. Having worked in the social sector for a while, I realised that to achieve a significant and sustainable impact, you need a different and a well informed approach. Amani is the best place to learn this. Other than learning great personal and professional development tools from reknowned trainers, I also have a rare opportunity to interact with fellows with very diverse backgrounds and skill-sets. I feel like the world has been brought to my doorstep and it's just for me to step out and embrace it. Titus Kuria 2015 Alumn; Founder Paamoja Initiative 
You have set us on a new dawn of self awareness and discovery. We are confident that with your support we will grow our passions into significant social enterprises. I am privileged to be in the alumni. Joyce Kingori | Country Programme Manager, BasicNeeds UK
jerry_zhu
It is one of the greatest experiences of my life so far. It has a totally innovative approach addressing a variety of topics, e.g. design thinking, systems change, and at the same time you will have the chance to practice that into different organizations to make a positive social change. Trust me this is the best social innovation learning-by-doing experience I’ve ever had. Jerry Zhu | 2013 Alumn
I have nothing but positive accolades for our team. They have been responsive to team input, and accommodating to our teamwork culture as well. They are well organized and communicate well both face to face and electronically. They have proposed and are actioning innovative ideas. All in all the guys have been a joy to work with and will no doubt accomplish the task set. Rosslyn Elliot | African Community Development Media (Consulting Project Client)
Auke Ferwerda
The true impact of the Social Innovation Management program is that it increases the impact of all social organizations. Auke Ferwerda | Core Faculty, The Amsterdam School of Creative Leadership
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The Social Innovation Management program is very deep and very well designed; it’s exactly what is needed to give you the ability to make a difference. Andreas Heinecke | CEO of Dialogue Social Enterprise & Professor of Social Business, European Business School
“It was a transformative experience. In Amani, I found alignment with my deep intent in life, what I’m good at, and what I love doing so I may confidently project those in my future steps. Also, I’ve met a great group of friends and a network of like-minded people willing to support me in my journey as a changemaker.” Rodrigo Alarcon | 2014 Alumn, Business Development & Innovation Fellow at LGT Impact Ventures, SouthEast Asia
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