Kanjirapally girl protects environment in a small way
Podimattom: Children are forced to throw away the ball point pens after the ink is finished after a few months. Children don’t realise that the plastic waste they throw are hazardous to the environment. Here is a 13-year-old girl who has collected all her disposable pens ever since she started using it. Irene B Rose from Kanjirapally is a 8th standard student of AKJM school and she has in her possession around 5000 pens.
Irene says she is aware of the harmful effects of plastic when discarded in the open from a very young age onwards and that had prompted her to collect all the pens she had used. Irene has in her collection pens costing from Rs 2 to the costly Parker pens. Pens that were once in circulation and the recent brands are also in Irene’s collection.
What inspired Irene to collect pens was the question that her Science teacher posed when she was in her 1st standard of how environment could be protected of plastic waste. Irene first began to collect coins and stamps and then later on moved to pen collection.
Irene plans to create a decorative piece using the disposable used pens and intends to hold an expo on these. She also opines that if paper pens are made use of, the use of plastic pens could be minimised.
Irene’s hobby does not stop with this and is also into organic farming. She has arranged a small kitchen garden on the backyard of her house. She gets all support from her father Benny and mother Jothsyna. Her siblings too lend support to her.