Ten-year-old environment and climate activist, Licypriya Kangujam from Manipur, has set up a store where used-plastics act as the currency.
The barter shop, set up in Delhi, will enable residents to exchange single-use plastic for items like rice, school stationery or a sapling.
“Plastic money shop was just an idea and a long dream project for me when I thought to eliminate single use plastics in India. I bought the cart as second hand in 2020 to convert into a pure solar-run vehicle to develop this project. Finally, my dream turns into a reality,” Licypriya Kangujam’s Facebook page announced. The page is managed by her mother.
The shop aims to create awareness on the hazardous single-use plastics.
Licypriya Kangujam added that the “Delhi Environment Ministry” supported her initiative through their ‘Paryavaran Mitra’ initiative. “Rotary will also implement it in various cities,” she added.
The shop will accept any types of single-use plastics wastes like plastic water bottles, polythene bags, chips, ice cream cover, etc. In return, one may take home free rice or school stationery items or a sapling.
Licypriya Kangujam added that the collected single-use plastic waste will be converted into school benches, desks, house roof, road tiles, bricks, etc.
The young activist was recently in news for her initiative in cleaning a garbage dump near the Taj Mahal in Agra.
One of the youngest climate activists globally, Licypriya Kangujam has been campaigning for climate action in India since 2018.