Sriya is a 16-year-old entrepreneur who has built a business from recycling floral waste to make hand-made craft and home items for sale.
“We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors: We borrow it from our children.” – Native American proverb.
Recycling, the process of converting waste into reusable material, helps to protect our natural resources. Therefore, it plays a crucial role in saving the future of our planet and humanity. Global Recycling Day was created in 2018 to help recognise, and celebrate, the important role recycling plays in preserving our resources and securing the future of our planet. It is a day for the world to come together and put the planet first.
I was awarded The Diana Award in 2020 for my work integrating floral sustainability and woman empowerment; improving the lives of local Indian women from low economic backgrounds by recycling floral waste to make hand-made crafts and home items for sale. The project gives women the opportunity of better working conditions and decent wages, whilst also driving towards environmental sustainability.
My love of flowers not only inspired the project but also prompted me to protect the floral footprint in the ecology and recycle as much as possible. It is now my mission to inspire others to take up the recycling of flowers.
Neil Armstrong said, “One small step for man, and one giant leap for humanity.” So, as global citizens, let us take our small step to recycle and take our giant leap in ecological sustainability. Recycle and transform your living and in time, your World!
How can you get involved or learn more about ecological sustainability?
1_Start recycling. The easiest way to involve yourself is by simply recycling plastic, paper, or any other domestic dry waste. You could make yourself an interesting display using old things from your house (my old bedsheets make for lovely looking drapes).
2_Transform your old waste. Make aromatic products out of floral waste, for example, a simple floral-based candle. Here is how to do it:
3_Educate yourself. Read articles and/or blogs on how to reuse domestic waste and recycle it into something for your daily use. I’d also recommend reading up on the various impacts’ material usage can have around the world and understand how you can take a stand and work as part of the solution.