Converting industrial waste to build membranes for air purifiers
India is ranked 177 out of 180 countries who were measured on the Environmental Performance Index (EPI) 2018. It is also reported that there are more than 20 million patients suffering from asthma, as a result of air quality deterioration. To curb this problem, Venus Chaudhary and a group of other young tech enthusiasts including Pooja Sainkar, Chetan Pawar, Akanksha Agarwal and Apurv Mhatre, from the startup, Greenvillips Vintage developed a technology in which industrial waste from biodiesel industries could be taken as feedstock to produce nanocellulose which can be consequently used to build membranes for air purifiers. Nanocellulose has a good mechanical strength and customizable pore size making it more efficient and durable than the currently available options. The innovation is presently in the pilot stage and the team wishes to scale up the technology as a tech startup in the coming years.