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She is on a mission to make composting a household activity

Many reports have covered how improper dumping of waste and widespread use of plastic is spoiling the ecological balance, polluting our rivers, endangering lives of plants and animals and creating health hazards for us. Moreover, awareness and implementation of efficient waste management processes is still far from reality. This prompted Dhanashree Chauhan to develop a decentralised method of waste management and a viable solution in the form of Home Composting Kits called The Bug Factory. Founded in 2015, her venture ILOVECOMPOSTING (ILC) has taught composting practices to 7000+ students and over 300 families have already started home composting using their kits.

ILC Clients Using Composting Kits - The Bug Factory
Clients using Composting Kits of ILC – The Bug Factory

Born in Ahmednagar, Dhanashree did Fine Arts in Painting from Abhinav Kala Mahavidhalaya, Pune. She came up with the idea of her venture when she was doing her certified course in Gardening at Agarkar Research Institute, Pune. She designed her composting kit keeping in mind the urban scenarios, the space crunch, busy lifestyle and ease of use for children as well as senior citizens. ILC has developed a self sustaining method of composting where we can use the compost, that we have harvested from first batch of kitchen and garden waste, as bio culture to compost the further waste and thereby reduce the cost of managing waste.

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ILC - Dhanashree explaining about Composting in Bishop's school
ILC – Dhanashree explaining about Composting in Bishop’s school

 

ILC - Dhanashree explaining about Composting in a school
ILC – Dhanashree explaining about Composting in a school

ILC - Dhanashree explaining about Composting to school staff of Orchids - The International School
ILC – Dhanashree conducting a session with school staff of Orchids – The International School

 

ILC - Dhanashree at BMCC Campus
ILC – Dhanashree at BMCC Campus

 

ILC - Dhanashree speaking in the Times NiE Principals' meet
ILC – Dhanashree speaking in the Times NiE Principals’ meet

 

ILC - Dhanashree explaining Composting practices to Sharp India Pvt. Ltd. staff
ILC – Dhanashree explaining Composting practices to Sharp India Pvt. Ltd. staff

 

ILC - Dhanashree with Tech Mahindra staff
ILC – Dhanashree with Tech Mahindra staff

 

ILC - Dhanashree explained Composting Practices at Jeevan Jyoti Institute for Women Empowerment
ILC – Dhanashree conducted sessions at Jeevan Jyoti Institute for Women Empowerment

 

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Despite of her business and personal engagements, Dhanashree has always nurtured her hobby of teaching children both in her personal capacity as well as through initiatives like NiE of The Times of India. She introduces children to the concepts of segregation, composting, growing organic vegetable gardens and being kind and loving to animals. They learn the science of composting. Her demonstration sessions have encouraged many children to take up composting as a science project. Apart from schools, Dhanashree has also conducted numerous awareness sessions in various institutes, clubs and corporate offices. Due to her dedication, she has been blessed with the support of environment conscious people in various cities as her volunteers.

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ILC Stall in an exhibition in Pune
ILC Stall in an exhibition in Pune

 

ILC Stall in an exhibition in Mumbai
ILC Stall in an exhibition in Mumbai, Curious minds exploring the compost for bugs 🙂

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ILC Stall in an exhibition, 12 year old Gautam Narain from Delhi is the youngest patron of ILC
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Over 300 families using The Bug Factory

Over 7000 students educated about science of composting

Children of waste management workers in unorganized sector are helping their parents to manage waste; these children are literally growing, sleeping and playing in waste. Also, waste pickers are treated very badly. It is very inhuman. There is huge disparity in our country. Segregating and composting at home will start breaking this chain where others are managing our waste. Dhanashree Chauhan

ILC is a registered vendor by Pune Municipal Corporation for providing home composting solution. Dhanashree and her team have participated in various exhibitions and fairs to sell their Bug Factory kits. They have also partnered with multiple stores in Pune to sell their kits. She believes that Composting is a new skill to learn giving people opportunity to earn by composting and selling compost. Dhanashree plans to take her product to other cities of India and International markets in the near future.

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