Walk for Plastic is a classic example of how a person with a good cause can have a snowball effect on the society. What started as a single man mission has now spread its wings across the globe and has become a catalyst of change across all age groups. Initially a 3D artist, now renowned for his works in the field of social service, Mr.Gowtham is the man behind making Walk for Plastic a global phenomenon. He is recently felicitated by Radio city as Chennai’s best citizen for 2020.
As an artist, his works majorly revolved around social issues like saving water, abolishing GST on sanitary napkins, preventing food wastage, women safety, etc. Mr.Gowtham visited the Market Simplified office in Chennai and interacted with the employees. He shared his journey in spreading awareness about various social issues and how Walk for Plastic took birth. Gowtham believes that littering is a psychological issue as well as unethical behavior where people do not consider its environmental impact. As a way to combat this problem he began Walk for Plastic which is practiced in over 10 countries and 13 states across the country. With this movement he has changed over 1500 plus minds. He has inspired shopkeepers to install segregated bins to further recycle their plastic across Chennai and had also used the funds gained from this to provide education and cycles to the rag pickers and sanitary workers’ children.
So far Gowtham has recycled over 5 tons of plastic in just 206 days which has led to saving over 80,000 plus sq. feet area from landfills. He has collected over 100kgs of plastic in Chennai for 25 km continuously in a single day and donated the funds acquired to Chennai Corporation for the Welfare of Sanitary Workers. He has also spread awareness through presentations in 13+ colleges and schools which led to over 1500 volunteers.
The session was informative and interactive. Mr.Gowtham ended the session by letting the team know about his further awareness activities and answered to various doubts and questions raised by Market Simplified employees. Team mCube from Market Simplified took the initiative for arranging the talk and were delighted with the response from the team.
About the author: Deepti hails from the Business Development team at Market Simplified and her business card reads Business Development Executive. She is obsessed with wanderlust and never says no for trips and tours. She claims herself a foodie and cooks well too.