Ashaya is a social enterprise that aims to increase the value of waste through technological and scientific innovations in recycling and then fairly redistribute that value to stakeholders in the supply chain, especially those who are the poorest: waste-pickers.
Currently we are working on converting multi-layered plastic (MLP), polycotton waste and Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) waste into high-quality 3D-printing filament which we will then use to 3D-print high-margin, customized products through rapid lab-to-market cycles.
On a macro level, our vision is more long-term and holistic, focused primarily on the well-being of the poorest in the supply chain (waste-pickers, kabbadiwalas), while ensuring that our planet thrives.
Our utopia would consist of decentralised “resource cradles” or recycling centres at the sub-district level across India that:
- upcycle all types of municipal solid waste,
- formalize and incorporate the informal sector, and
- are financially sustainable, mini-manufacturing units.