A Social-Entrepreneur From Udaipur Who Makes New Shoes out of Old Ones!

There are various easy ways for practicing social work, one can visit the orphanage or an old age home but some people refuse to limit themselves to the fundamentals. Like this, following the unconventional methods of social work, a social entrepreneur from Udaipur has created new parameters for the same.

Shriyans Bhandari
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This article revolves around the initiative of Shriyans Bhandari, an author and the co-founder of Greensole. Currently based in Mumbai, he was born and raised in Udaipur. He recycles used shoes and provides them to those in need alongside co-founder Ramesh Dhami.

Inspiration Behind Greensole

Regular athletes Shriyans Bhandari and Ramesh Dhami used to run through three-four pair of shoes a year, they grew more conscious of the waste they were incurring and took the call to do something. They looked for the ways to repurpose and recycle unwanted footwear which would’ve ended up in the landfills and provide those to the less fortunate.

Shriyans in factory
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Thus, Greensole was born in December 2013. In an interview Bhandari recalled, “Every foot should have footwear, thanks to the vision. The goal was to aid in closing the nation’s social, economic, and environmental gaps”.

How did Greensole commence its working?

  • They began to put shoe donation bins in colleges and schools and enlisted the aid of running organizations. 
  • They were able to establish a production facility for their recycled shoes with the aid of financial gifts, first from friends and family and subsequently from business partners.
Shriyans donating shoes
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  • The founders really started with a pair of shoes they already had, transforming worn-out shoes into comfortable, modern slippers for daily wear.
  • Since then, the project has advanced significantly; they have recycled and donated close to 10,000 pairs of shoes.

Badges on Greensole’s Shoulders

  • The team once received a letter from Former President Barack Obama, which they found to be one of their most memorable experiences.
shriyans and ramesh
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  • Shriyans’s Foundation is getting recognition worldwide. He has been called into TEDxYouth@WASO, a TEDx event that was independently organized and held in April 2016 at Wellington Academy in Dubai Silicon Oasis.
  • Greensole was highlighted on the renowned History TV programme, OMG! YEH MERA INDIA, hosted by Krishna, a well-known comedian. This occurred as a result of the initiator’s brilliant idea.
  • Shriyans and Ramesh also held their names the FORBES Under 30 Under Asia.
  • Foundation has been appreciated by Ratan Tata himself.
  • They have been IAN Global Startup Finalists 2018.
  • Shriyans received appraisal from Inspiria Knowledge Campus as Inspirational Young Entrepreneur of Modern India.

How can you contribute?

Donate the shoes which are out of use! You can send your shoes by courier to the respective address. Although Greensole welcomes shoes in any size, they do ask that you not give them any that have heels. As an alternative, you can purchase a pair of shoes from Greensole online.

Despite how trite it may sound, Greensole shows that all it takes is one person, one good idea and a lot of will power to make a difference for others. “Observe” is what Shriyans suggests. And considering small issues and solutions is the best we can do. We must all return to our individual issues, work to resolve them, and then scale the solution such that it works for everyone.

For connecting with and knowing more about Greensole you can check their website –



MUST READ | Daily Dump and Eco Hut will make you manage your waste!

If you want to change the world, begin that change from yourself.

Waste management has become the need of the hour and it’s crucial that we act upon it! We tend to throw around a lot of trash, which is basically called littering. In India, littering is an offense and is often fined. But apart from being fined or stopped by someone, we must be aware of how drastically and exponentially it is affecting our lives and nature. Being living in one of the most beautiful cities in India, we must take steps not to generate any more of litter. Udaipur is a beautiful city but often we find heaps of litter around fine-looking areas of the town. Our lakes face a lot of troubles due to the same reason.

Petite waste becomes huge if not recycled or reused. For instance, take our kitchen waste; if every day 20 houses in a colony dump 2 dustbins of kitchen waste at a place every day, think of how much litter would be accumulated at the end of a year. Accounting that, let’s see what Daily Dump teacher us.

Daily Dump, Udaipur

Mr. Anant Nigam, the Udaipur store owner of Daily Dump, gives us a new way to make a greener and healthier environment at home by just dumping our kitchen waste. All you have to do is grab earthen pots from them and change the way of your kitchen waste dumping errand.

These earthen pots are made to be kept at home as they do not give out any foul smell while they perform their task of creating compost from your kitchen discards. These do not require any electricity or any other source of power. Once you start putting discarded materials from your kitchen in these pots, you don’t even need to stir or keep a compulsive check- just keep filling and leave.

The initial compost making would take 40 to 45 days but once the process takes it rotation, you can get organic compost every 15 days. So now, for all those who love gardening, such kind of compost is close to gold!

And yes for all those of you who are wondering what’s fertilizers are for? These compost making pots are totally organic, they do not involve the use of any kind of inorganic material and are way eco-friendly than the conventional fertilizers.

We need to understand that a one-time investment can keep us away from big losses in the future.

A customer with a 3 tier compost pots

Q: How much I need to pay to get these?

Each pot set comes for INR 2,800/- and includes a mud pot, lid, remix powder, Neem Khull, and Microbes.

Q: Where can I get these pots?

No.5/6, Patanjali Vihar, New Bhopalpura, Behind CPS School, Udaipur, Rajasthan

Q: Whom to contact?

Anant Nigam (+91- 9829769043)

For more information, click: Sujaan Inc – Daily Dump


Another serious issue is of throwing waste that can be upcycled. The meaning of upcycling is transforming, waste materials, useless, or unwanted products into new materials or products of better quality. In other words, you creatively mould a discarded thing to make it useful for you again.

An organization in Udaipur is upcycling products for 2 years now and pledge to make Udaipur better and waste-free.

Eco Hut, Udaipur

Run by Guddi Prajapat, Ritesh Shekhawat, and Vishal Singh, Eco Hut is a nonprofit social business which aims to make Udaipur a zero-waste city. Started in the year 2014, the organization conducts workshops with children and youth on how to upcycle waste and make something creative out of it. They sell Eco-friendly products, provide services, tours, workshops about upcycling.

Guddi Prajapat has more than 6 years of experience in designing handmade products and natural herbs, while Ritesh Shekhawat is a management graduate; she has an expertise in handmade jewelry design, Vishal Singh is a self-design learner who helps in bringing new ideas to the venture.

Source: thalagiri Left to Right: Ritesh, Guddi, Vishal

Their products include herbal items, handmade jewelry, upcycled creative products, décor items and so much more. They also put their stalls in various fairs and festival across the city.

For more information, click: Eco Hut – Facebook Page

Q: Where can I meet them?

1, Dhaibhay Ji Ki Haveli, Mahavat Marg, Ganesh Ghati, Udaipur, Rajasthan

Q: Time of availability?

Eco hut opens at 11 am and closes 6 pm

Q: Whom to contact?

Call them on +91-90018 09638

Recycling and upcycling is a crucial need of today. Our city is beautiful and let’s keep this beauty intact. As initiated by Eco Hut, let us make our City of Lakes a zero-waste city.

If you know any other organization or any individual who is doing their part for nature in Udaipur, do mention them in the comments below. We would love to know them!

Featured Udaipur Speaks

Green udaipur

“We all moan and groan about the loss of the quality of life through the destruction of our ecology, and yet each one of us, in our own little comfortable ways, contributes daily to that destruction. It’s time now to awaken in each one of us the respect and attention our beloved mother deserves.”-

Quote by actor, environmental supporter, Ed Asner

With the increase in pollution all around we need to be more careful towards our environment. In Udaipur, the pollution is increasing swiftly which is a great concern for us. The number of vehicles, the electricity consumption and emission of greenhouse gases by the factories is increasing day by day hence increasing the carbon footprints of every individual. Deforestation and wastage of water is reaching on the peek. Waste from houses is dumped into rivers and lakes which not only pollute the surroundings but it also distort the scenic beauty. We all are in need to show some more interest in escalating foliage in our place. Taking small initiatives by every individual will be greatly effective in protecting our environment. Few ways by which we can make the environment of Udaipur or the whole world rather are:


The common things we can recycle are

  • Aluminum cans
  • Newspapers
  • Steel containers
  • Glass
  • Plastic materials and many more.
  • Changing habits in kitchen: utilize reusable containers for food storage as a substitute of wrapping food in foil or plastic wrap. You can also use unbleached coffee filters, which does not produce the fatal toxin dioxin in its manufacturing. Use rags to clean up spills instead of paper towels, and use biodegradable things.
  • Use cloth bag instead of plastic bags: Plastic bags are non biodegradable even if they say they are they do not decompose totally. Also the ink is made up of cadmium, and is highly toxic when it is released. Whereas paper bags are reusable and biodegradable. However supermarkets use paper that has never been recycled before and they always say “recyclable” not “recycled”. Here is what you can do: if your purchase is small don’t take any bag, this alone could save hundreds of millions of bags. Bring a cloth bag when you shop.
  • Compost: Return your organic waste where it belongs: the soil! Rather than sending banana peels, grass clipping, etc. to the municipal dump, start a compost pile instead. Compost also makes your plants stronger and healthier, reducing the need for fertilizers and chemical pesticides. Don’t forget that many cities have municipal composting programs for your yard waste.


These few things will help to clean our city and will make it more beautiful.