Raju Mupparapu, a resident of Warangal, Telangana, has innovated eco-friendly pens from dried corn husk which have garnered reward and 1,000 orders by town’s commissioner and the Telangana State Innovation Cell.
Raju Mupparupu is a well known innovator from Warangal’s Gopalapuram village who has constructed a number of low-cost improvements, together with sensors for road lights and a battery-operated bicycle. On 27 April, the 30-year-old launched his newest innovation — pens made utilizing corn husk.
“Within the agricultural fields surrounding my village, a number of farmers domesticate corn. Nevertheless, after the harvest, they’re left with the corn’s outer husk which they take away earlier than sending to the market. This husk is often burned as it’s not used for any function. So, I needed to discover a resolution that might stop corn husk burning,” says Raju.
Remembering a talent that he discovered throughout his faculty days, he determined to mould the corn husks into cylindrical shaped-holders for pen refills.
“This might assist to scale back the plastic waste generated from disposable pens and forestall burning of the corn husk,” says Raju who has remodeled 100 pens.
Writing with corn husk
Two weeks in the past, Raju went to a corn farm positioned 5 kilometers away from his house to deliver again a number of husks.
“I picked solely a handful and cleaned them utilizing a moist fabric. I flattened every husk with my hand onto the desk. Then, utilizing a chopping machine, I sliced them into rectangular shapes,” says Raju.
Elaborating on the approach, he says, utilizing a metallic rod as a mould and as a measuring instrument, he rolls the husk over it.
When the rod is eliminated, the husk kinds a cylindrical form with two open ends. The refill is inserted by means of one finish and Raju tightens the husk till it grips the refill. Lastly, he pinches the opposite finish of the husk to shut the hole.
To make the cap, Raju rolls a smaller piece of husk right into a cylindrical form and ensures its diameter is bigger than the pen to suit over it.
As soon as he completed making his first pen, he wrote with it and stated it felt like writing with an everyday pen. Raju spent the following few days making extra pens and commenced distributing them amongst neighbours and his associates.
“I make the pens myself and it takes me solely 10 minutes to complete one piece,” says Raju.
Just a few days in the past, when he had met the Warangal Higher Municipal Company commissioner, IAS Pamela Satpathy, he gifted her one of many pens made out of corn husk.
Pamela tells The Higher India, “I used to be intrigued by his innovation and l beloved the thought. I requested Raju if he might make small modifications corresponding to including increased high quality refills. As soon as he agreed, we positioned an order for 1,000 such pens for my workplace.”
For Rs 10 a bit, Raju has already delivered 100 pens and is engaged on making the opposite 900 items. He continues to obtain extra orders after his innovation was appreciated by the Telangana State Innovation Cell (TSIC) on their official Twitter deal with.