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Dharawad: Environment lover puts newspapers to good use

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Dharawad: According the theory of Journalism today’s newspaper is tomorrow’s waste paper. But here is a lady who has converted waste paper into a useful thing.

Aparna Pujari is a college lecturer who has found a way to make pencils from used newspapers and has employed four people to produce environment-friendly item. One sheet of newspaper can make four pencils, which can, in turn, prevent the cutting of wood.

Aparna is working at Sri Dharmasthala Manjunatheshwara College of Engineering and Technology in Dharawad. She is the resident of Kelageri in the City, and has developed this technology and given jobs to four women in her locality.

The pencil’s price is same as any other but it is lighter in weight. This paper pencil has a seed at the end such as Tulsi, tomato and others. If planted in a flower pot, the user may get more green out of it.

Aparna has so far manufactured more than 7000 pencils out of newspapers. She collects newspapers from her friends and relatives. Now after seeing her work many of them give newspapers volunterily.

Speaking to NewsKarnataka Aparna Poojari said that this technology was the struggle of many years. I was passionate about environment since my childhood. My father Ravindranath influenced me a lot towards having love and concern for nature. I found this idea in 2020 and bought two machines. When I shared my idea with my husband, Santosh, he supported me, she added.

During pandemic the work had stopped and since February 2022 again the work of producing paper pencil began and is being carried on successfully.

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Raksha Deshpande

The author is a postgraduate in Mass Communication and Journalism from Karnataka University, Dharwad. Her interests range from literature, history, travel to politics, and is keenly interested to write human interest stories and articles relating to literature, travel.

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