Paras on Plastic Waste, Recycling and Entrepreneurism
"If you have the conviction, time and age are no bar. There is one Latin phrase which I really follow – Labor omnia vincit, meaning hard work conquers all. This phrase combined with what Barack Obama said “We are the first generation who are experiencing global warming, but we are the last generation who can do something about it”, drive me hard."34 Paras Saluja
Paras, 34, worked for more than a decade in his family business. All through his growing up, the obsession with hygiene and cleanliness persisted. His different travels brought back the same issues in the forefront and somewhere in 2015, he decided to do something about it. This led him to make tiles and paver blocks from plastic waste. Interestingly, this process requires upcycling of plastic, which means that these tiles and paver blocks are recyclable and will never end up in the landfill. Though a commerce graduate, he learnt the chemistry about plastics and ended up becoming the first technology holder from National physical Laboratory, India. A simple man with an impactful dream, indeed Paras has been a Parasmani – the stone which converts the base plastic into recyclable tiles.