Mumbai: Students at Supari Tank Municipal School Bandra now have brand new desks and chairs, that are beautiful, sturdy and carry an important message – the power of recycling.
Tetra Pak India has donated 10 sets of classroom furniture to the school as part of their on-going program called ‘Cartons Le Aao, Classroom Banao’, an official statement said.
The program encourages Mumbaikars to deposit used Tetra Pak cartons at 180 deposit centres across the city, which are then recycled into desks, notebooks, roofing sheets and much more.
The donation was made in the presence of Sharad Ughade, Assistant Municipal Commissioner, H-West ward, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation who formally handed them over to the Principal of the school Madhuri Dsouza.
Appreciating the initiative, Ughade said he wishes to see the initiative strengthen further to cover schools across Mumbai, and promised to extend all possible support.
“With continued support from the people of Mumbai, we can make an even bigger difference to schools like STMS and a positive environmental impact,” Jaideep Gokhale, Communications Director, South and South East Asia, Tetra Pak.
Supari Tank Municipal school is also the only BMC school that acts as a used carton drop-off point, with students and staff regularly collecting their used cartons for recycling. Tetra Pak then sends these cartons to a recycler, who helps convert them into useful items like desks, benches, notebooks, roofing sheets and more.
“Our school has dedicated teachers and hardworking students. Desks donated by Tetra Pak go a long way in not just helping create a better learning environment, but also in teaching them the value of adopting green habits. This is also why we encourage collection of used cartons among students and teachers, so that they can, in turn, help contribute towards the environment as well as towards building desks for other schools like ours,” said Madhuri Dsouza, Principal, Supari Tank Municipal School, Bandra.
‘Cartons Le Aao, Classroom Banao’ is part of Tetra Pak India’s flagship program called ‘Go Green’ which started in 2010. This initiative is run in partnership with Reliance Retail with their stores acting as used carton drop-off points for consumers.
Mumbai-based environment enterprise, RUR Greenlife, is the execution partner for the program, organizing various consumer education events and activities across Mumbai.
As part of the Go Green programme, Tetra Pak has collected over 28 lakh cartons over the past 8 years and donated over 260 desks, 100 garden benches and other useful items across Mumbai.
Tetra Pak India has set up a strong recycling ecosystem across the country over the past 15 years, as a result of which, 1 in every 3 Tetra Pak cartons sold in India today is recycled.