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60 year old upcycles plastic bags and crochets them into beautiful utility products, sitting at home

Plastic is a growing menace to the Earth, but to Rita Maker— a 66-year-old Mumbai resident, it is an opportunity for creating beautiful products that provide sustenance. From clutches to coasters, she creates all her hand-made products by upcycling plastic. Her tryst with Environment started when she participated in an Environmental fest at the school she was teaching. She slowly started changing her lifestyle and encouraged people to do the same. But for her, it wasn’t enough. Every now and then, she saw environmental problems River cloggings and marine pollution etc. making headlines. When she delved deeper into the issue, she figured that plastic was one of the main pollutants which marred the water bodies. The environmentalist in her started looking for alternatives to reduce the menace of plastic waste whilst sitting at home. And she found the answer in the form of a Facebook video— where women were making mats from Walmart bags for third world country refugees.

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