HelpUsGreen which is a Kanpur based startup converts flowers and offerings collected from temples into biodegradable alternatives to thermacol and incense sticks has bagged the prestigious UN Young Leaders Award at the United Nation General Assembly in New York yesterday.
Help us Green was founded by Ankit Agarwal and Karan Rastogi in May 2014 and has till now recycled 11,060 metric tons of temple waste flowers.
They usually employ women manual scavengers in an effort to create a circular economy. They also provide them with facilities such as bus service, insurance, and medical benefits.
HelpUsGreen is backed by IIT-K
The startup is being backed by IIT Kanpur. Manoj Kumar, Head of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Tata Trusts & CEO, Social Alpha, said, “We are proud of what the founders have achieved in a short period.”
The director of IIT Kanpur Abhay Karandikar also said, “Flower waste to Greening, IIT Kanpur is proud to be the technology partner of HelpUsGreen who’s endeavor is matching IIT Kanpur’s credo of ‘Technology for Sustainable development’.”
Ankit Agarwal, the co-founder of HelpUsGreen was selected as one of the 17 young leaders for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly. He was selected from over 18,000 entries from more than 184 countries.