Udupi youth on mission to recycle old footwear, provide them to needy children

Daijiworld Media Network – Udupi (MS)

Udupi, Nov 21: Avinash Kamath (37), a native of the city has invented a unique method of recycling the old footwear. He collects old footwear from locals and sends them to GreenSole, a Navi Mumbai based company. The company manufactures new footwear from the used ones.

Avinash Kamath has named his mission as Nadige. Kamath says that there are two benefits from this mission. One is that this method is helpful in handling old footwear. Secondly, he has the aim of distributing the renewed footwear to more than 4000 children.

The Nadige campaign will be held from November 30 to December 2 at the campus of MGM College in Udupi. Kamath is a voice over artiste. He was influenced by some videos which he saw online and thought of new idea of Nadige.

Kamath says, “We have many alternatives to collect hairs for wigs and clothes. Hence, I thought of an idea of resolving the issue of old footwear. Last month, I visited GreenSole factory in Maharashtra and had discussion with Sriyansh Bhandary and Ramesh Dhami, co-founders. I also got the opportunity to release the poster of Nadige at this time. I have invited them to come to Udupi. We have listed the names of children that are going to receive the recycled footwear.”

Kamath has spent several months to form this campaign. He is partnering with Chosen Generation Charitable Trust. Normal and sports shoes, sandals, foam and rubber shoes will be collected. Various organizations can collect these at local level and send the same to a specific collection centre.

Kamath is in touch with various social organizations. He has the aim of collecting 4000 pairs of footwear. He says that there are various forms of donations. When he saw many children without footwear, this idea struck him.

Bhandary and Dhami, who are sportspersons, were thinking how to put to good use the seven to eight pair of shoes that they were using annually. They thought of undertaking R & D on this subject without harming the environment. Then the idea of GreenSole came into existence.

Bhandary says that the step taken by Kamath is appreciable. He says that people will always unite for a good cause.






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  • Ashish, Manipal, perampalli

    Wed, Nov 22 2023

    Hey Avinash, Vinaashkaari buddhi...of environmental harmers like chappal garbage creators have a very awsome tool now in the initiative which YOU...AVI- NASH ....have turned cobblers minds ( they have been the ones i was till now disposing old footwear) . But now I am so happy to see Udupi finally showing some INNOVATIVE SPROUTS which I am hoping would spread from NASH to NASHEVILLE::: 😀 I am ashish rao, Digital Librarian from Manipal, would surely be present on Nove 30.

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  • Rita, Germany

    Tue, Nov 21 2023

    Very nice.Good cause is always welcome.We are become today a world of use and throw.bring new .Everywhere we find used chappels and clothes on the way .simply throw committee.Blocks water flow everywhere.mostly in Monsoon .Wish you all the best.

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  • Gerald Fernandes, Mangalore/Ireland

    Tue, Nov 21 2023

    Good initiatives towards the needy...Keep going ! All the best! KASA DINDHA RASA Project.

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  • Achhu, Mlore

    Tue, Nov 21 2023

    God bless you.

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  • real kujuma, kodial

    Tue, Nov 21 2023

    Good job kamti....you need any help just make one phone call to our just and honest CM...Jai Congress

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  • Dinesh Nayak, Udupi

    Tue, Nov 21 2023

    Avinash, it's a very good initiative! What a innovative way of giving back to the society! Hats Off to you!!

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Rajeja Waterfront

    Tue, Nov 21 2023

    May the Almighty Bless Avinash Kamath ,,,

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  • Arjun, India

    Tue, Nov 21 2023

    New ones might be cheaper.... collection cost, transportation charges etc....

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  • Marol, Udupi

    Tue, Nov 21 2023

    Making others lives better is the best way of life. All should lead this kind of life. Thank you and God bless each and every one of us

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  • Prakash, Manipal

    Tue, Nov 21 2023

    This is a wonderful thought and full marks to the young man... We see many young students walking to schools without footwear... It was fine in olden days when fields and pathways were clean without dangerous throwaways from irresponsible people... Now roadsides are difficult to walk for the delicate feet... This type of initiative to recycle the otherwise sure shot landfill and converting them for a very noble cause of protecting the young soles is praiseworthy... I am sure citizens and netizens will participate in this great mission...

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  • Jancy, Bantwal/Kuwait

    Tue, Nov 21 2023

    What a noble cause!! Let this news circulate in other social media platforms too. I am sure you will get good response from generous people.

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  • Shettigar, Udupi/Dubai

    Tue, Nov 21 2023

    Innovations always have a brighter future when used and implemented rightly. That’s yet another good thought Avi. Wishing you a huge success on this innovative idea.

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  • Jd, Mlr

    Tue, Nov 21 2023

    Extremely commendable, all the best. In this forum please say how we can contribute. It can be an ongoing campaign as there is lots of wastage in footwear. It is young determined people who will save India. You are a gift to society.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Rajeja Waterfront

    Tue, Nov 21 2023

    May the Almighty Bless ...

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