The Embassy of Sweden on 6th March felicitated the winners of the 7 days challenge for the best innovative ideas for sustainable living. Krishi Bhat and Manvi Jain both from the Amity International School, Vasundhara, Sector 6, Ghaziabad were announced as winners at a ceremony held at the Swedish Ambassador’s residence.
Krishi Bhat was awarded for developing a herbal eco-friendly & cost effective sanitary pad in response to the growing concerns of sustainability of the commercial sanitary napkins. Manvi Jain was selected as a winner for Bees wax cloth wrap, which is reusable and bio-degradable and eliminates the use of foil papers and cling foil.
The 7 days Challenge was held from January 17-23, inviting youth between 14-24 years
of age around Delhi NCR to practice sustainable lifestyles focused on three categories:
EAT, MOVE and LIVE. The event was organized by the Embassy of Sweden in
partnership with TERI School of Advanced Studies and Eco-Club initiative of
Department of Environment, Government of NCT of Delhi. The event was part of the
Embassy’s 11th edition of The Sweden India Nobel Memorial Week. Thirteen hundred
and thirty students participated from Delhi NCR and more than three hundred innovative
ideas were received.
Some of the other innovative ideas were Sustainable Development Mobile Application,
Intelligent dustbin, Calcium from eggshells, Affordable slippers, Alarm in the
mobile phones for completion on charging, Organic charcoal, Dustbin with a hemispherical top, Cars run on super conductors and Microfrost.
While talking about the initiative H.E. Klas Molin, Ambassador of Sweden to India said,
“We are so impressed by the innovative and creative solutions we received for
sustainable living. Today’s young generation has a great potential to enact positive
change and such initiatives can help combining their creativity and dynamism to achieve
a sustainable future.”
Dr. Leena Srivastava, Vice Chancellor of TERI School of Advanced Studies, said, “Outof-
the-box thinking is what we were looking for from our young competitors of the 7
Days challenge and that is what we got! Responses of the kind we received assure us that
planet Earth’s future will be more sustainable than the state in which earlier generations
are leaving it in.”
The challenge aided in encouraging both innovation and awareness about lifestyle
choices that contribute to sustainability not only for 7-day but beyond for a lifetime.