Bhopal based youth entrepreneurs Priyanka Gupta and Ameya Waingankar have found a way to use waste flowers from religious sites to turn it into a useful item. Assisted by the members of the Bhopal startup community, the duo are making incense sticks out of flowers which are thrown from temples and idol-immersion sites.
The two young engineers have prepared 6 quintals of material from nearly 7 tonnes of flowers collected at Ganeshotsav and Durgotsav last year. The flower waste originating from religious places and ponds is often mixed with common waste most of the times. “Since people also have religious beliefs attached to it, so the idea of making incense sticks came from it.”, says Priyanka. These collected flowers were covered with tarpaulin and dried at Yadgare Shah Jahanni Park and IIFM Campus. After that, mix the other worship material mixed in these flowers by hands. This was a big challenge in itself.
The duo also did more than 50 practices ranging from drying and grinding them to making incense sticks. In all this, they have spent 35 thousand rupees so far. Currently, they are packing four and a half kilograms of incense sticks available with them and giving them to their acquaintances.