Start-up Dharaksha is converting crop waste into sustainable packaging

There has been a growing demand for alternative packaging solutions in India due to environmental sustainability concerns and the need to reduce plastic waste. This has led to several alternative packaging solutions to gain traction in the packaging industry. While biodegradable packaging materials are becoming increasingly prevalent, compostable packaging materials, derived from renewable sources like plant fibers, are designed to break down into compost, offering an environmentally-friendly option for packaging various products.

To cater to this demand, Anand Bodh and Arpit Dhupar founded Dharaksha Ecosolutions in 2020. The Faridabad-based B2B startup converts paddy straw stubble into biodegradable packaging material.

Dharaksha’s disposable packaging

“We want to eliminate the sources of pollution and replace them with sustainable alternatives. Access to clean air should be everyone’s right, not the privilege of the rich,” says Dhupar. Bodh and Dhupar were roommates during their BTech. Having known each other and collaborated on several projects for over 13 years, the duo decided to combine their skills to create a product that addresses a significant environmental issue.


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