Mother India Board made by Upcycling E-Waste

First time in India Green Society Forum introduce an unique idea and created the map of India by using non functioning Mother Boards of Laptops. This was the very first monument developed by Forum to promote 4Rs and spread the message of  newly invented term ‘Retain meaning Upcycling’ in the field of Waste management.

Mother India Board is presently installed in three locations. One in the Cabin of Deputy Municipal Commissioner of Solid Waste Management of Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation at its Headquarter in CBD Belapur, Navi Mumbai, second one is installed at Swachhta Park in Nisarg Udyan, Koperkhairane, Navi Mumbai and the third is installed at Botanical Garden, Science Centre, Puducherry run by Puducherry Government.

Challenge:

India is one of the biggest Electronic Goods consumer and on the similar grounds its going to be one of the biggest E-Waste developer.
However in the past the Basel Action Network (BAN) which works for prevention of globalisation of toxic chemicals has stated in a report that 50 to 80 per cent of e-waste collected by the US is exported to India, China, Pakistan, Taiwan and a number of African countries. India is the fifth biggest producer of e-waste in the world; discarding 1.7 million tonnes (Mt) of electronic and electrical equipment in 2014. Wherein Maharashtra tops with 20270.59 MT E waste.

Moreover in India, about 4.5 lakh child laborers in the age group of 10-14 are observed to be engaged in various E-waste activities and that too without adequate protection and safeguards in various yards and recycling workshops. E-waste contains over 1,000 toxic materials, which contaminate soil and ground water. Exposure can cause headache, irritability, nausea, vomiting, and eye pain. Recyclers may suffer liver, kidney and neurological disorders.

Solution:
Awareness and Training Workshops are the first step followed by Establishment of e-waste collection, exchange and recycling centres should be encouraged in partnership with public, private entrepreneurs and manufacturers. The other way out is transforming E-waste into Applied Visual Art by group of people or Individuals at grass root levels.

Future Plan:

Wants to collaborate with various Government Agencies, SMES, Corporates and NGO’s and Upcycle Waste into Applied Visual Art at a reasonable cost.

The Team

Art Director: Kishor Biswas

Concept Director: Benoy K,

Social Initiative Director: Jaspal Singh Naol (Social Worker & Journalist)

Visual Director: Allwyn Augustine & Abu Ramzia

Public Relation Director: Nikhil M

Volunteers: Mohammed Arif Shaikh, Harpal Singh Naol, Kapil Malhotra, Sanjay Singh and Kunal Biswas