Unlike most of us who ignore the mess and continue with our lives, the 23-year-old architect student from Mangaluru decided to do something about discarded bottles. After brainstorming several ideas to clear the discarded bottles without harming the environment, Megha zeroed on using her painting skills to her advantage.
Megha, who has participated in beach cleanup drives in the past, walked up to the river one day, collected glass bottles and brought them home. The word got around quickly and around 30 people turned up for the free workshop that lasted for several days. The objective was not only to teach people about managing waste but also empower them to come up with alternate solutions.
People from all age groups and professions attended the workshop and they actively upcycled their waste bottles into decorative items. Through the workshop, Megha also ensured that the garbage items are made worthy enough for people to continue the upcycling activity. At the end of the workshop, she organised a public exhibition of hundreds of bottles that were turned into artwork.