Conserve India

Reducing India’s mountain of waste while helping some of Delhi’s poorest people? Conserve India achieves this by turning waste into high fashion.

Conserve began by tackling the issue of discarded plastic shopping bags with the idea of upcycling – by washing, drying, and pressing the bags into sheets of Handmade Recycled Plastic (HRP).

Today, Conserve India employs and trains hundreds of people from Delhi’s most disadvantaged communities to extract useful materials – such as plastics, textiles and paper – from the city’s landfills and to convert the materials into fashion and homeware items.

Conserve returns income from product sales to these communities in the form of employment, education and health services.

Find out more about Conserve India.

Liz Franzmann

Liz Franzmann is an Australian sustainability professional. For three years she was the Events and Venues Program Manager for Sustainability Victoria, working with numerous major events on a variety of sustainability initiatives, including: the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games Waste Wise Legacy Project and the 2007 Fina World Swimming Championships.

In 2010, Liz received an Endeavour Executive Award to help coordinate the Conserve Delhi 2010 project. The Endeavour Awards is an Australian Government scholarship program providing opportunities for citizens from participating countries to undertake study, research and professional development in Australia.  Awards are also available for Australians to do the same abroad.

Liz is looking forward to exploring all her interests – project design and delivery, monitoring and evaluation, social media and culture change strategies – through the Conserve Delhi 2010 project.

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