Your old white t-shirt could create paper and save a tree

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Pune, December 18, 2019 : With an aim to celebrate sustainability in all forms this festive season, the iconic Handmade Paper Institute Pune, which has reopened under the new brand name- Pune Handmade Papers will roll out its unique second edition of its POP exhibition called the ‘lil bit of winter POP up’, where over 16 curated participating brands will have special Christmas delicacies, fashion accessories, pet wear, gifts, plants and many more eco-friendly merchandize for visitors.

The exhibition will be held from Friday, December 20 to Sunday, December 22, 2019 from 11 am to 8 pm at Pune Handmade Papers, Handmade Paper Institute, K.B. Joshi Road, Shivaji Nagar, Near Agricultural College Compound. The exhibiton will be free and open to all.

Amongst the participating brands there are some unique initiatives too. ‘The Artisan Connect’ an initiative at Pidilite, through which their team are working on projects with regional local artisans in Gujarat and Kerala till date. By a combination of design intervention and market linkage they hope to generate a better sustained livelihood.

The Pune Handmade paper store will unveil its new range of calendars and diaries and notebooks to bring in the new year, along with quaint gifts and Christmas décor, which would be made of recycled waste materials. The special attraction will be a 11 ft Christmas tree made of bamboo and white cotton rags for visitors at the expo. Accordingly, the team at Pune Handmade Paper is inviting citizens to donate their white cotton old clothes, t-shirts and banyans that can be later converted into the use of making handmade paper. In exchange, handcrafted goodie bags or merchandise will be given to the contributors.

“We want to create awareness amongst citizens over saving or using mill made paper sensibly, which is important for the environment. The fact paper can be wood-free or be made by upscaling waste material is not known so the eco-friendly Christmas tree will be symbolic to this season of joy. We are also inviting schools to visit the institute anytime so that young children would understand the importance of recycling and paper usage at an early age. We will also hold small paper workshops for children and a large workshop celebration on Christmas eve,” said Shobhana Hadap, the creative Director of Studio Mars.