According to some reports, by the year 2020, 4.5 thousand billion cigarette filters are lying in the form of waste around the world and these cigarette filters fall in the non-biodegradable category, according to which they will be lying in the form of waste without degrading for years. Naman and Vishal, two youngsters from Noida are today trying to solve this very serious problem in a very interesting way.
27-year-old Naman Gupta and 31-year-old Vishal Kanat are giving cigarette filters a look in a way that hardly anyone could have imagined.
According to Naman, many of his friends used to smoke cigarettes and many times the ashtray kept in the room filled with the cigarette filter in just a few minutes and had to be emptied again and again. It was also a bit disturbing scene for Naman, who is environmentally conscious.
Started work by forming a company
Instead of throwing away these cigarette filters, Naman got the idea of recycling them and using them. It is known that people generally understand that cigarette filters are made of cotton, whereas in reality they are manufactured through plastic polymers.
Naman told this idea to his friend Vishal and both agreed to move in this direction together.
Under this, both established a company named Code Enterprises LLP in the year 2015. Initially Naman and Vishal faced a lot of trouble in assembling the cigarette filter.
Naman started installing tin boxes at cigarette shops in the city. During this, cigarette smokers were encouraged to put the remaining cigarette filters in the tin box itself, although this method was not as effective.
Thousands of people got employment
Naman and Vishal then hired rag pickers who used to collect cigarette filters from across the city. Cigarette filters were purchased from these waste pickers at the rate of Rs 500 per kg.
Let us tell you that in this way, today more than 5 thousand people are working to collect cigarette filters for them.
Talking about the process, the paper is first separated from the collected cigarette filters and then chemically washed to remove their smell. After this these filters are separated by machine, after which their fibers become soft like cotton.
These fibers are then used in the manufacture of a variety of products including cushions, toys and sheets. The demand for products made using the company’s cigarette filters is mainly online, although the company is also working to sell its products through Facebook and Twitter.
Today, Naman and Vishal are also earning profits on the strength of this idea, along with this, thousands of people are also getting employment through them today. Naman and Vishal have recycled tons of cigarette filters so far.