One Step Greener is an NGO started in February 2018 by Vihaan (14 years) and Nav (11 years), students of The Shri Ram School, Moulsari. The ever-increasing pollution and the non-degradable waste that is mounting up to make huge landfills caught their attention. Both Vihaan and Nav felt that it was their duty to maintain a clean and green environment.
Vihaan realized instead of levelling fingers at others, a mission needed to be started. He saw that the Government had worked substantially in this area by way of introducing by-laws. However, the implementation and adherence to these laws by the citizens was far less than what was estimated. So the most critical step was to spread awareness and encourage people to practice zero-waste at home. He took it as his call to help reduce tons of waste that are being sent to landfills each day.
To preach one must practice first. To prove his idea, Vihaan made it a point to make his home a Zero-waste home. From that point onwards, began the struggle to achieve the zero-waste target in his locality. He realised it was only through education and awareness that this could be possible. Vihaan roped in his brother, Nav also a passionate environmentalist and together they started focusing on building public awareness about recycling, correct methods of waste segregation as per the laws and educating people to avoid using certain products which cannot be recycled. People who heard the awareness talks began executing it at home and also enrolled for the pickup services.
One Step Greener collaborates with start-up recyclers to carry out pickups through them and ensure that the goods are taken directly to manufacturers for reprocessing, thus avoiding any kind of breakage in between. The pickups offered are monthly and there are no sign-up fees levied for the same. A door to door pickup is carried out at a place where the waste has been collected, weighed and paid for and then it is taken to manufacturers to recycle.
"Within a few months of our journey, One Step Greener has grown from 1 home to more than 700 homes in 9 colonies. Presently, we service homes in Delhi colonies including Vasant Vihar, Shanti Niketan, West End , Anand Niketan, Greater Kailash 1, Sultanpur, Safdarjung Enclave, Chattarpur, Panchsheel Park and Defence Colony".
"Till now we have recycled over 28757 kgs of paper, 13204 kgs of cardboard, 2647 kgs of metal, over 5650 kgs of plastic ,1484 kgs of e-waste and 10325 pcs of glass. This is equivalent to saving over 765 trees, 59503 litres of oil, 427 cubic meters of landfill space, 7189 pounds of CO2 and 965827 litres of water and energy enough to provide power to 43135 average Indian houses for a day".
We strive towards a zero-waste future and promoting a sustainable change by fostering awareness, and by motivating our community on the management of waste and following environment-friendly practices.