Meet the teenagers making biodegradable plastic from chicken feathers

A start-up has been making environment friendly plastic out of the chicken feathers. Surprised? Scroll down to know more about them.

Waste heightens risk of diseases

How many of us think about discarded waste of poultry laying on the streets and destroying the environment? The waste not only makes the streets dirtier but also increases the risk of diseases getting spread.

Teenaged students looked for a solution

Three students from Jadavpur University (JU) in Kolkata were upset to see chicken feathers strewn in the streets resulting in foul smell making the city unclean. They decided to look for a solution. The trio, all first year students of the University did some research and stuck upon an idea of making perishable packaging material out of the discarded chicken feathers, “We were really sad to see chicken waste being thrown on the streets that was not only destroying the environment but also raising the risk of diseases. We urged people to discard them into the bins but nobody listened. We thought the perfect solution would be to find a way of recycling the feathers,” said Arghadeep Sadhu, one of the founders to Chalgenius.

Three important qualities of chicken feathers

He along with his two other friends Ananya Banerjee and Dibyangana Misra all teenagers, started doing the research and found chicken feathers has three main qualities, “We found that chicken feathers are shock absorbers, has six times greater tensile strength than plastic and has thermal insulation power. We thought that it could be the best alternative to plastic and can also bring the feathers into effective use,” told Dibyangana to Chalgenius.

Palok Poriborton- a revolution through feathers is born

The trio then formed their start-up Palok Poriborton (a revolution through feathers) in September 2019, “We could easily find discarded chicken feathers from shopkeepers who were more than happy to give us in order to clear the waste. We designed the prototype and showed it to our teachers who really liked our concept,” she added.

Has great potential in packaging industry

The trio aim to replace incessant use of plastic in e-commerce and couriers industries with their eco friendly plastic which they claim is perishable.

Laurels for Palok Poriborton

Palak Poriborton from Jadavpur University was among the top six teams in the Regionals of Hult Prize 2020. Moreover, Jadavpur University was the only state run institution to have a team in the prestigious event of Ho Chin Minh Regional Finals.

The start-up was also a second runner’s up of LaunchX, the start-up pitch competition of Entrepreneurship Summit at Jadavpur University held in February this year. It won the cash prize of Rs 20,000. Sixteen teams had attended the event.

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