Couple sells 16,000 eco-friendly pencils to reduce felling of trees


Moved by the plight of trees being cut, the garbage issue and the city's environment taking a beating, an Indian couple who had settled in Jakarta, Indonesia, moved back to city to save trees.

The couple Akshata Bhadranna and Rahul Pagad, who have learnt that about 6 million trees are cut to make about 15 million pencils, began their initiative to make paper and flower seed-based pencils.  So far, the couple have sold 16,000 pencils and are hopeful of roping in a few schools and institutions to spread information and awareness about trees and the impact of using eco-friendly alternatives.

The couple also hold eco-friendly meets where people of similar mindset meet and discuss problems in attempts to resolve environmental issues. 

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