Mostly, the handles of these brooms are made of plastic, and every time we discard a broom, the plastic ends up in a land-fill near us. While individually it might not seem like a big amount, but in India alone, almost 40,000 metric tons of plastic is used for broom handles. And inevitably, all of them end up in landfills. To reduce the use of such plastic, an Indian Forest Services (IFS) officer Prasada Rao, currently posted in Tripura, has come up with a sustainable solution.
Plastic substitute, incremental improvement: Prasada Rao and his team have replaced plastic with bamboo for broom handles. Not only is bamboo easily available but is also a friend of the environment. Broom-making is an important forestry enterprise in several parts of the country and is also an important source of income to local communities, according to Rao. Moreover, his initiative has helped around 1000 tribal households get employment. They are involved in all the processes of the project – right from procurement of material to assembling and the packaging of the bamboo handles. The team working under the name – Tripura Rehabilitation Plantation Corporation – now aims to make about 4 lakh brooms this year and hopes to increase the production by tenfold in the next year.