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Innovation from waste materials

india Updated: Apr 27, 2009 15:38 IST
Suresh Vikhash

The ever mounting garbage in cities poses a huge problem to civic authorities and public alike but Suresh Vikhash, a designer cum entrepreneur, turns them into laptop bags, stationary and home decors that trash notions of waste.

22-year old Vikhash, a product designer, started his project as a creative venture aimed at trying to reduce the atrocious amounts of waste generated in the city.

"One of the ways to tackle the issue is to re-use a product thereby increasing its life, which is essentially called upcycling," Vikhash, who graduated from Bangalore-based Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology, told PTI.

"I was constantly exploring creation of quality products that completely trash the notions of garbage and instead provide utility centered durable products that we believe can easily replace anything you buy in style, design and life."

Raw material used for his products come from all things thrown away - right from tetra packs to chips packets and small bit of cloth.

And the product line is just as diverse, multi-utility laptop bags, sling bags, wallets, stationary items such as pens, pencil boxes, photo frames, files and woven products for home decor using natural fibres, Vikhash said.

"You have to see it to believe it and no, nothing smells," Vikhash said as he displayed his products for which many corporate houses, including Wipro, have placed orders.