Waste Management & Ecobricks Session at MAMS Uttrakhand

“You need to have faith in yourself. Be brave and take risks. You don’t have to have it all figured out to move forward.”
― Roy T. Bennett

Our Founder Mr. Madhukar Varshney delivered Solid Waste Management and Ecobricks Interactive session at Maa Anandmayee Memorial School , Raiwala, Uttrakhand last Friday.

Students learnt about the categories of Waste at home, why we should make compost from Wet waste and finally the problem of Plastic Pollution/Ocean Pollution with easy yet powerful solution Ecobricks.


He met with dynamic team of school including Principal maam, Mr. Arpit Panjwani (Director,Mams) and Mr Arjun ( Atal Innovation Mission Official ).

School is really providing valuable life skills along with education and become a one of the torchbearer school in Uttrakhand and working on SDG Targets also.

We wish school to continue good work for society.

If any School want such session on Waste Management, Feel free to reach us at + 91 97177 64262 .

#qualityeducation
#lifeskills
#wastemanagement
#zerowasteschool
#sdg2030
#sdg
#sdgactioncampaign
#ecobricks
#plasticpollution

Why Mulching is Important!!

” Trees are a natural teacher and they can show us how we are connected to our natural world.

” Today team RISE Foundation (NGO) Madhukar Varshney & Munish Kundra did mulching at #badusarai #miyawakiforest site using dry leaves from Brahma Apartments Sec 7 Dwarka.

Definition : Mulch is any material that is spread or laid over the surface of the soil as a covering – but organic mulches specifically help to improve the soil’s fertility, as they decompose.

The benefits of mulching are as follows:

1. Soil will retain water for longer time I.e. it will slow the evaporation.

2. It will stop or slow down the weeds on site

3. Later on these leaves will turn into compost

4. Safe disposal of horticulture waste.

Mulching is an important part of generating and maintaining the rich soil we need to sustain our miyawaki site.

#saveenvironment #savetheearth #SaveDelhi #health #teacher #farming #sustainability #climatechange #environment #nature #climatecrisis #climatesolutions #miyawakiforest Less

Plastic Pollution Awareness Session for GD Goenka Public School Dwarka

As we all know that environment plays an important role in healthy and balanced living as well as existence on planet earth. But with the advent of technology and more comfort creating products, various adversities and pollutants are seen to be affecting the ecological system in today’s time. One of the major pollutants these days is PLASTIC.

Plastic is used by the entire world on a gigantic scale. The detrimental side to the usage of plastic has ultimately dawned upon us. The toxic effects of plastic are so farfetched that no biodiversity is left plastic –free today .Due to its synthetic nature, plastic is practically non – biodegradable, which makes it perfect for its use in water –resistant products.

To create awareness about Plastic Pollution and its harmful effects and the simplest yet powerful solution “Ecobricks” online session given to Students of GD Goenka Public School Dwarka (New Delhi) on 4th Sept 2021.

The students participated very well and motivated to make ecobricks at home using MLP (Multilayer plastic) and Single use plastic thrown to garbage. We are very well aware that once this plastic is mixed with other waste- it is next to impossible to FIX the problem and it will defiantly reach to either landfills or Oceans to create nuisance. More that 80 students participated in the online interactive session.

History of Ecobrick?

Ecobricks were first made in number and utilized on a community scale in Guatemala in 2003 with Susana Heisse’s project Pura Vida Atitlan. Since then numerous projects have been started all around the globe.

What is an Ecobrick?

An Ecobrick is a plastic bottle filled, and packed tightly with none recyclable materials so that it can be used as a building block for a structure. Pretty much becoming a brick, made of plastic.

We thanks to Principal Ms Anita Khosla and Mrs Jyotika Jakhar for arranging the wonderful session for the school students.

The vision and mission of GD Goenka Public School , Dwarka :

The REAL mission of schooling is to inculcate in students the values of social justice, understanding and appreciation of diversity, patience and tolerance, empathy, fearlessness and courage.These help in developing the ability to live together in harmonious communities.

We envision an education system that breeds inspiration and innovation and kindles the dormant forces, faculties and talents of the students.

For more information about the school, please visit http://www.gdgoenkadwarka.com/GDGoenka/html/home.html

About Rise Foundation

Rise foundation is a non-profitable organization registered in the year 2011, purely engaged on voluntary services. We are involved in different activities in the field of education for underprivileged children and awareness program for women and deprived section of society. We do activities and awareness workshop on various issues like health and hygiene, legal aids through DLSA for domestic violence, awareness workshop on waste segregation and composting (including Dwarka societies) for the last 10 years. Recently we started Urban Forest plantation using Miyawaki Technique and Workshops on Ecobricks to curb plastic pollution.

If you want to conduct online or offline sessions for Ecobricks, feel free to reach Mr. Madhukar Varshney at 9717764262 or Mr. Munish Kundra at 9818739265 or write us at mail2risefoundation@gmail.com

Team Rise Foundation Celebrated 75th Independence Day

75 वें स्वतंत्रता दिवस की अनंत शुभकामनाएं !!

” Today I breathe the air of freedom because of the efforts of our great freedom fighters. Happy Independence Day!”

On August 15, 1947, India finally gained independence from British colonisers. The day serves as a reminder of the struggle for independence and commemorates the valour of freedom fighters who laid down their lives for the nation. On this day, in 1947, the first Prime Minister of independent India, Jawaharlal Nehru, hoisted the national flag at the Lahori Gate of Red Fort in New Delhi.

Team Rise Foundation celebrated the 75th Independence day in Ekta Apartments, Dwarka.

All team members took the Pledge to Keep City Clean and Green.

Pragmatic Solutions of Environment Hazards – Online Session with Nanakmatta Public School

Plastic pollution has become one of the most pressing environmental issues, as rapidly increasing production of disposable plastic products overwhelms the world’s ability to deal with them. Plastic pollution is most visible in developing Asian and African nations, where garbage collection systems are often inefficient or nonexistent. But the developed world, especially in countries with low recycling rates, also has trouble properly collecting discarded plastics.

  • Every year, about 8 million tons of plastic waste escapes into the oceans from coastal nations. That’s the equivalent of setting five garbage bags full of trash on every foot of coastline around the world.
  • Plastics often contain additives making them stronger, more flexible, and durable. But many of these additives can extend the life of products if they become litter, with some estimates ranging to at least 400 years to break down.

How plastics move around the world

Most of the plastic trash in the oceans, Earth’s last sink, flows from land. Trash is also carried to sea by major rivers, which act as conveyor belts, picking up more and more trash as they move downstream. Once at sea, much of the plastic trash remains in coastal waters. But once caught up in ocean currents, it can be transported around the world.

An online session is conducted with Nanakmatta Public School, Udham Singh Nagar (Uttrakhand) on 14th Aug 2021 to discuss and motivated to apply the simple yet powerful solution of Ecobricks made from single use plastic or the plastic at home thrown in the garbage and reach to landfill or flown to Ocean.

Around 100 students join the session about Plastic Pollution/Ocean Pollution , and some facts about the current situation of plastic waste and pollution of Kalayani River in Udham Singh River as follows:

Harm to wildlife

Millions of animals are killed by plastics every year, from birds to fish to other marine organisms. Nearly 700 species, including endangered ones, are known to have been affected by plastics. Nearly every species of seabird eats plastics.

Most of the deaths to animals are caused by entanglement or starvation. Seals, whales, turtles, and other animals are strangled by abandoned fishing gear or discarded six-pack rings. Microplastics have been found in more than 100 aquatic species, including fish, shrimp, and mussels destined for our dinner plates. In many cases, these tiny bits pass through the digestive system and are expelled without consequence. But plastics have also been found to have blocked digestive tracts or pierced organs, causing death. Stomachs so packed with plastics reduce the urge to eat, causing starvation.

Plastics have been consumed by land-based animals, including elephants, hyenas, zebras, tigers, camels, cattle, and other large mammals, in some cases causing death.

We thanks to Mr. Kamalesh Atwal for connecting team Rise Foundation with wonderful students. We really appreciate the questions raised by the students during the session.Students agreed to work on Ecobricks to keep city Clean.

History of Ecobrick?

Ecobricks were first made in number and utilized on a community scale in Guatemala in 2003 with Susana Heisse’s project Pura Vida Atitlan. Since then numerous projects have been started all around the globe.

What is an Ecobrick?

An Ecobrick is a plastic bottle filled, and packed tightly with none recyclable materials so that it can be used as a building block for a structure. Pretty much becoming a brick, made of plastic.

About Nanakmatta Public School:

Nanakmatta Public School is situated in Udham Singh Nagar district of Uttarakhand. School cater the semi-urban and rural learners. School is trying to provide affordable education along with holistic learning and 21st century skills.

For more information about the school : https://www.facebook.com/Nps.nanakmatta

About Rise Foundation

Rise foundation is a non-profitable organization registered in the year 2011, purely engaged on voluntary services. We are involved in different activities in the field of education for underprivileged children and awareness program for women and deprived section of society. We do activities and awareness workshop on various issues like health and hygiene, legal aids through DLSA for domestic violence, awareness workshop on waste segregation and composting (including Dwarka societies) for the last 10 years. Recently we started Urban Forest plantation using Miyawaki Technique and Workshops on Ecobricks to curb plastic pollution.

If you want to conduct online or offline sessions for Ecobricks, feel free to reach Mr. Madhukar Varshney at 9717764262 or Mr. Munish Kundra at 9818739265 or write us at mail2risefoundation@gmail.com

Ecobricks are getting limelight in India

Thanks to The Times of India Delhi Times 12.08.2021 covered our Rise Foundation NGO work on ecobricks in Dwarka New Delhi (bottom right ).

Here’s the online link:
https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/…/arti…/85241154.cms


The benches made in Brahma Apartments with the help of Munish Kundra and other people like Madhu Ghai Vandana Gupta Anuradha Ganguly Ramaswamaiah Madhuri Rawatt Varshney and many more people.

According to the environment ministry, in the year 2019-2020, India generated 3.4 million metric tonnes of plastic waste. In the wake of such statistics and only a small volume of plastic being recycled, ecobricks can act as a resource to reuse plastic for the greater good.

We will continue our campaign to fight plastic pollution/ ocean pollution.

History of Ecobrick?

Ecobricks were first made in number and utilized on a community scale in Guatemala in 2003 with Susana Heisse’s project Pura Vida Atitlan. Since then numerous projects have been started all around the globe.

What is an Ecobrick?

An Ecobrick is a plastic bottle filled, and packed tightly with none recyclable materials so that it can be used as a building block for a structure. Pretty much becoming a brick, made of plastic.

#zerowaste
#zeroismorechallenge
#ocesnpollution
#IPCC
#ecobricks

Plastic Pollution Awareness and Ecobricks making workshop to NEPS

Team Rise Foundation organised an awareness on Plastic waste , River and Ocean pollution and easy to implement solution , an ecobrick making workshop for the teachers and students of New Era Public School (NEPS),Dwarka (New Delhi) today on 7th Aug 2021.

The online session was attended by Principal Ms Mrs Kanwal Kohli, teachers Ms. Ritu,
Ms. Amita, Ms. Jigisha,Ms. Nirmala,Ms. Archana,Ms. Nidhi Bhatia,Ms. Chitra, along with 150 school students of NEPS from different classes in two different sessions.

Mr. Madhukar Varshney – Corporate turned Social Entrepreneur and Founder of Rise Foundation took the interactive session on Plastic waste , Ocean pollution and how environment and animals are impacted by this !!

Mr. Munish Kundra – Member of Rise Foundation, took the session on ecobricks, why and how to make ecobricks.

At the end , session is closed with thanks note and commitment from students to make ecobricks at home. Team Rise Foundation, look forward to fight with Plastic Pollution with Simple but effective way of by making ecobricks.

Rise Foundation team had already made structures like benches in green belt of Brahma Apartments, Sec 7, Dwarka. They are planning to make some structure in NEPS from ecobricks made by students considering behavioral shift towards plastic waste in the household thru the students along with awareness and sensitivity towards animals and ocean pollution. These benches arrest approx 15-16Kg of Multilayer plastic and Single use plastic at source.

History of Ecobrick?

Ecobricks were first made in number and utilized on a community scale in Guatemala in 2003 with Susana Heisse’s project Pura Vida Atitlan. Since then numerous projects have been started all around the globe.

What is an Ecobrick?

An Ecobrick is a plastic bottle filled, and packed tightly with none recyclable materials so that it can be used as a building block for a structure. Pretty much becoming a brick, made of plastic.

About NEPS

New Era Public School – Dwarka, was founded in 1989, by the New Era Education Society, with the primary aim of giving new impetus and direction to education

New Era Public school Dwarka represents a holistic and constructivist approach to education, one that seeks to provide equal educational and developmental opportunities to all. We are committed to providing an environment where every child can grow, learn and develop strong character and principles to ensure success in the future.

New Era Public School Dwarka seeks to empower all students with creativity, achievement and development, through holistic and humane education. Our motto ‘Tamso Ma Jyotirgamaya’ emboldens our students to move from darkness toward enlightenment, away from prejudice to justice, from violence to peace, from hatred to compassion.

For more information about NEPS , please visit at : https://www.nepsdwarka.com/

About Rise Foundation

Rise foundation is a non-profitable organization registered in the year 2011, purely engaged on voluntary services. We are involved in different activities in the field of education for underprivileged children and awareness program for women and deprived section of society. We do activities and awareness workshop on various issues like health and hygiene, legal aids through DLSA for domestic violence, awareness workshop on waste segregation and composting (including Dwarka societies) for the last 10 years. Recently we started Urban Forest plantation using Miyawaki Technique and Workshops on Ecobricks to curb plastic pollution.

If you want to conduct online or offline sessions for Ecobricks, feel free to reach Mr. Madhukar Varshney at 9717764262 or Mr. Munish Kundra at 9818739265 or write us at mail2risefoundation@gmail.com

Plantation Drive in Dwarka -Golf Link Road

“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” – Chinese Proverb

In continuation of our Greenathon Campaign in Dwarka, we did plantation of 60+ saplings on Golf Link road towards IP University along with DXR (Dwarka Xpress Runners Group) and We Mean to Clean (WMTC)Group . WMC prepared all these saplings with volunteer support in Janakpuri Area.

We planted native trees such as peepal, neem, amaltas, pilkhan, baheda, jamun etc. yesterday at Dwarka.

Climate Crisis is real. It is seen recently in Germany ,faced with flood. So let’s plant more trees to save the environment.

For any such plantation drive, feel free to reach Rise Foundation at 9717096635

I support Trafficking Bill

India has a very high volume of child trafficking. As many as one child disappears every eight minutes, according to the National Crime Records Bureau. Around 12,000 and 50,000 women and children are trafficked into the country annually from neighbouring nations as a part of the sex trade & almost 300,000 child beggars are in India.Do you know the reasons – #Poverty#LackofEducation#NoBirthRecords#humanitariandisasters#IneffectiveLegislation#LackofEnforcement & many more That’s why Anti Child Trafficking Bill is must to save our children.

We show our solidarity with Kailash Satyarthi Children Foundation for supporting the cause #isupporttraffickingbill

Since the first lockdown, Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation’s sister organization Bachpan Bachao Andolan has collaborated with law-enforcement agencies to rescue approximately 9000 children and the arrest of 302 traffickers from trains, buses and factories from across the entire country. Children have thus become the biggest victim of the pandemic with the trafficking of children rising exponentially of late. 

The passage of the Bill will be fulfilment of the demand of 12 Lakh Indians who marched across 22 states and 12,000 kms demanding a strong law against trafficking along with Shri Satyarthi in 2017.

“A strong anti-trafficking law is the moral and constitutional responsibility of our elected leaders, and a necessary step toward nation-building and economic progress. As long as children are bought and sold at lesser cost than cattle, no country can call itself civilised. COVID-19 has caused a rise in trafficking, especially of women and children. We cannot take this lightly. A law for prevention, timely investigation, punishment for traffickers, and the protection and rehabilitation of survivors is a matter of urgency. I call on all parliamentarians to pass a strong & comprehensive anti-trafficking law in the upcoming session of Parliament. Our children, their freedom and dignity cannot wait,” Shri Satyarthi observed. 

The Trafficking in Persons (Prevention, Care and Rehabilitation) Bill, 2021 being introduced by the Centre addresses various aspects of trafficking – including prevention, combating the crime including re-trafficking, designating agencies for investigation, special courts for trial, rehabilitation of victims, very effectively and comprehensively and will become a landmark in dealing with this complex crime.

Shri Satyarthi has appealed to all MPs to help wipe out this scourge of human trafficking from our society and make a strong contribution towards the progress of our nation.

Source : Concerned At The Alarming Rise In Trafficking, Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi Appeals For Passage Of Anti-Trafficking Bill

How to make Organic Manure from Kitchen Waste

Composting is nature’s or natural process of recycling. Composting biodegrades organic waste into a rich and organic substance called “compost”. Composting is done by billions of microbes (bacteria, fungi etc..) that digest the kitchen waste and turn into compost.

I personally do not like to waste my kitchen waste and find satisfaction and happiness in converting my kitchen waste into manure. I use that organic manure for my small organic kitchen garden. By composting we can reduce the amount of garbage we needlessly send to the landfills for disposal. It keeps our city clean, preserves the soil, prevents air pollution and make this earth a better place to live. Nearly 60% or more of the daily waste generated in our households is made up of organic matter which can be easily converted into compost. Today I am sharing with you a way to compost at home or how to make organic manure from kitchen waste all of which I am doing on a regular basis using terracotta home composter.

Segregate your household waste 

The first step to composting is segregation of waste at home.

I have two dustbins in my home. One is for kitchen waste (vegetable, fruit scraps, peels, egg shells, coffee grounds etc and other organic matters). The other one is for toxic waste (glass, plastic, medicines, wrappers, used batteries etc).

I recycle newspapers, milk covers, plastic cans and glass bottles either thru recycler or raddiwala or in get used in other projects like making ecobricks or growbags for sapling.

Tips – You can have green color dustbin for organic waste and red one for toxic waste.

What to compost? How should I compost ? As we have seen earlier that composting is done by billions of microbes (bacteria, fungi etc..) that digest the kitchen waste and turn into compost. These composting microorganisms, require the correct proportion of Carbon  and Nitrogen for it to do its work. Effective composting can be made with equal parts GREENS and BROWNS. Now let us move to what is GREENS and BROWNS?

Green matter = High nitrogen

Vegetable and fruit peels and scraps (except citrus fruits) , Coffee grounds (it is brown in color but rich in nitrogen), Tea bags,Flowers,Grass clippings,Egg shells (has to be crushed before adding), Cooked food (sometimes as it decays and gives a bad odour, so it is best to avoid adding it. )

Brown matter = High carbon

Dry leaves,Saw dust,Small wood chips,Straw or hay,Wood ash, Cocopeat, Shredded packaging brown paper, Shredded paper

What not to add 

Meat, bones as it attracts rats and smells badly,Pet waste,Batteries,Diseased plants,Medicines,Plastic bags

Composting Using Caterpillar Terracotta Home Composter

I am using this Composter promoted by Rise Foundation (it comes in different shapes and size) which comes with ready made  holes and also it can be stacked and placed in a shady corner in my staircase. It should be kept in the shade and should be protected from rain. You can cover it with a plastic sheet in case of heavy rain.

It comes in 3 units which can be stacked one on top of the other. Unit A, Unit B, Unit C and a lid. All units are same and can be placed in any position for easy handling. But I marked with A,B,C to give clarity on usage.

First step is preparing your composter 

Place a paper or newspaper in unit A to cover the base. This is helpful to absorb any access wetness from your kitchen waste and help not to drop any waste from top units to below units.

Then layer with dry cocopeat provided along with DIY Kit.

https://www.padhuskitchen.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/howtocompost-1.jpg

The add your organic kitchen waste. If time permits, you can shred it into smaller pieces and add as it will fasten the process of composting.

How to make organic manure from kitchen waste

Cover it with cocopeat or saw dust or dry leaves. We will call this “Pile”. Every time you add your kitchen waste (greens), you have to cover it with cocopeat or dry leaves or saw dust (browns). Waste should not be visible. Then cover it with a newspaper (to prevent flies) and close it with a lid.

Give it a good mix using a small rake (provided along with DIY Kit) twice a week for good aeration. Add a organic compost (provided along with DIY Kit) little buttermilk or semi composted material to start off the decomposition process – all these are accelerators, which add millions of bacteria to fasten the decomposition of waste.

Check the moisture level every time, you mix the pile. Sprinkle a little water and mix well, if the pile is dry. Add more BROWNS, if it is wet or soggy and mix well.

Once Unit A is full, shift Unit A to the middle and bring Unit B to the top.

Start filling Unit B & C – follow the same process above.

When the unit C is filled and unit A material has already passed 30 days – Compost is ready in unit A, else you need to empty the substance from Unit A to some other container to give few more days to ready Organic compost.

It will take 30-45 days to fully compost depending on the temperature.

Once compost in Unit A is done, sieve it and use it. You can add the remains back to the composter.

A fully done compost is dark brown and smells like earth. All your organic waste is converted into nutritious manure for plants. I call this the “black gold” which I use for my kitchen garden.

MAINTENANCE FOR ANY COMPOST BIN or KAMBHA

I am practicing above method of composting successfully. Whatever your method of composting, the same rule applies for composting. Read below –

1. Food

Microbes need 2 kinds of food to do their work. Green and Browns Every time you add kitchen waste (greens), you should cover it with cocopeat or dry leaves or saw dust (browns). There should be an equal mix of green matter- (nitrogen) and brown matter (carbon) for the microorganisms to their work.

2.Air

Proper aeration is ensured by turning or mixing the pile at regular intervals.

3.Water

Check the moisture level every time you mix the pile. If the pile is too dry, decomposition will not take place. Sprinkle needed water and mix the pile well evenly. If it is too wet, the pile will have lot of maggots and also the pile will stink. So maintaining the correct moisture level is important.

Tips for faster decomposition The smaller the pieces, the faster the decomposition. So if I find time, I will shred the vegetable and fruit scraps into smaller pieces and add  to the bin. Add a Organic compost or little buttermilk or semi composted material or even a little cow dung to start off the decomposition process.

Use the organic manure/fertilizer for your plants. Let us not waste our kitchen waste and let us contribute in small ways towards reducing landfill waste, preventing air pollution and preserving the natural landscape and make this earth a safe and happy place to live.

Special Tips

If you are facing too much problem of Maggots add Chilli powder to your pile else these maggots are good for composting and they died by themselves in the pile. You can apply following solution to get rid of the maniac of these maggots.

“I put a tub below the composter to trap the maggots and larva escaped from the composter and roaming here and there…. It works well” shared by one of the user – Mr. Devesh from Dwarka.

If you are facing too much problem of Fruit Flies/Ants add turmeric powder.

Happy Composting!!

This information is provided by Ms Madhuri Varshney -She is doing home composting for more than 10 years using various ways. She can be reached thru vmadhuri2004@gmail.com