Here is an eco-friendly step to help Ockhi-hit women

Here is an eco-friendly step to help Ockhi-hit women
The Ockhi-affected women stitching cloth bags out of sarees.

Thiruvananthapuram: Just search in your cupboard. Of course, there will be at least one good quality sari that you don’t use much. Donate that sari along with Rs. 100 and you could achieve a two-fold mission – give a hand to the Ockhi-affected women and move a step closer to nature by using an eco-friendly bag.

The venture kick started by the Ockhi Rehabilitation Mission Agency (ORMA) aims to provide a means of livelihood for the cyclone-affected women. The women would stitch 10 cloth bags out of a single sari, returning the bags to the same person who donated the sari. The use of these bags will help you to reduce the use of plastic covers while shopping for everyday items.

The concept, launched by S Mohankumar, a native of Kollam and member of ORMA, intends to spread awareness on the importance of recycling for a more sustainable future.

The women who stitch the bag would get Rs. 6 or Rs. 7 per bag. Those who can manage to stitch 50 to 60 bags per month can earn upto Rs. 10,000 even.

The venture aims at creating a support system for the families affected by the devastating 2018 cyclone along with spreading awareness about sustainability and eco-friendly living, according to Elias John, coordinator, ORMA.

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