11 — India
Women are creating compost from ceremonial flowers and simultaneously cleaning up the River Ganges.
Phool is doing its part to clean up the River Ganges by recycling flowers from temples and mosques.
Over 8 million tonnes of flowers are discarded in the river every year for religious purposes in South Asia. This is contributing to the pollution of the River Ganges, which provides drinking water for over 420 million people. Phool has come up with the world’s first profitable solution to the monumental temple waste problem: flowercycling®. Women working with Phool collect floral-waste on a daily basis from temples. The waste is up-cycled to produce organic fertilizers, natural incense, and biodegradable packaging material.