To prevent the farmers from burning stubble after harvesting their wheat crops. Sold over 50,000 wheat stubble straws so far, hopes to process 5 tonnes of waste to produce more.
Wheat stubble straw
We savor this delicious thirst-quencher through a plastic straw.
Although options like metal, bamboo, and paper straws exist, it is hard to find these in your neighborhood juice corner, because they are more expensive and not usually found everywhere.
Because plastic straws take up to 200 years to decompose if we could find straws that were environment-friendly and easy on carrying, it is the same thought of Assam-based entrepreneur Sunam Taran when he wanted to develop a sustainable solution for this problem.
After doing much research and experiment, he manufactured a unique straw, which is made by wheat stubble.
These unique straws (Wheat stubble straw) are made with agricultural waste. The Cost of these straws only Re. 1 and decompose within six months.
The 28-year-old sells these unique straws under 7 Sister Crafts, a venture he started in August 2018. He sells goods made from bamboo under his brand, like toothbrushes, fruit baskets, bottles, mugs, furniture. The brand has 500 SKU in 1,000 designs.
Moreover, the venture is the artisan clusters comprising 1,300 individuals spread across villages like Raipur, Bhaluki, and others. Based on Barpeta, the enterprise has fulfilled orders from Australia and the US in Assam.
Sunam shares with us how he came up with this unique invention and how sustainability is essential in his business operations.
We all know, Assam is known all over for its bamboo crafts, and the artisans were very talented. Local artisans make the products at their homes.
The Environment’s Needs at the Core
In India, plastic pollution is the main problem. The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) approximates that India manufactures approximately 70lacs metric tons of plastic products in a year.
As an entrepreneur, Sunam often read about global markets and saw high demand for bamboo straws.
Bamboo straws are a little bit more expensive (Rs 7). users reused the bamboo straws. These straws used once is cheap, but also sustainable. The stubble from harvested wheat has a naturally hollow stem. So, once we collect the stubble, we uniformly cut that. It is dried and packed and ready to be sold.