Eco-Friendly Pen Revolution or E-Pen Revolution is the most recent social initiative by #Vazhiyorakkada. It is the brainchild of Mr. Mahesh, the manager of our restaurant. He first came to know about the paper pen when he was approached by one of member of the a disability community to buy some pen. When he asked about the details of the manufacture of the pen, he came to know that it was a community run by a group of physically challenged people to support each other. Their main aim was to manufacture pen using paper instead of plastic outer coating that was harmful to the environment and thereby earn a living through that. They also put a seed of a plant or a vegetable inside the pen so that when you throw away the pen a plant grows from it. Their main problem was to find a place to sell their product. So Mr. Mahesh came up with an innovative idea named ‘Eco-Friendly Pen Revolution’ to help sell their pen.
What is Eco-Friendly Pen Revolution?
Eco-Friendly Pen Revolution (#E-PenRevolution) aims at bringing disabled people who make that paper pen and school and college students to the same platform. The main purpose is to make the paper pen made by these people available to the students and thereby reducing the use of plastic pen which is harmful for environment. It must be noted that schools and colleges are some of the places where pens are most used. This is the first time in Kerala that such a concept is being implemented in a school. As an initial initiative by vazhiyorakkada, we plan to introduce the paper pen from this self-help community that has over hundred members. The pen that we purchase from this community for Rs 7 each is distributed to the students. As a beginning, we are starting the initiative from Tholikuzhi S.V.L.P.S., Kilimanoor on June 22 of this year. The program was inaugurated by the Attingal MLA Adv. B. Sathyan and Big FM RJ Firoz. We are planning to diversify the project with the help of social media communities.
By this time we have received several calls from different countries including UAE, Qatar etc. from people extending their full support. Talks for purchasing the raw materials for making the pen directly from the company is also going on.