ABHINAV GANGUMALLA, 26, AND SANTOSH BANPUR, 26
Green activists IIT graduates Abhinav Gangumalla and Santosh Banpur gave up their jobs as transportation planner and electrical engineer respectively after three years of corporate life. They launched their venture Hyderabad Goes Green earlier this year and these days, nothing makes them happier than selling eco-friendly products or holding eco-awareness workshops. “We bridge the gap between people who want to adopt a green lifestyle and those selling green products and services,” says Abhinav.
GREEN TRAIL Hyderabad Goes Green was first launched as an online store in September, 2010 with the physical store that houses eco-friendly ware coming into being in July, 2011. As their first project, they sold a ton of natural Holi colours made by tribals, in collaboration with other partners. Home composting or the practice of converting domestic waste into useful gardening manure, is another area of their work. “We educate people and introduce them to a greener lifestyle by working on waste management and green cover (like roof gardens) solutions with them,” says Santosh.
FUTURE WISE Using Hyderabad Goes Green as a model, they are already working towards taking this concept to other cities like Mumbai, Bengaluru, Pune, Chennai, Delhi and Ahmedabad.
“Hyderabad Goes Green is a great enterprise in the city for people who
have the intent but don’t know how to practice a green lifestyle”
J K LAKSHMI, SENIOR LECTURER, INDIAN INSTITUTE OF PUBLIC HEALTH
“We want to make eco-friendly practices cool and practical so that more and more people adopt them”
Abhinav Gangumalla (left) and Santosh Banpur at their store