Eco-Friendly Tableware from Ceramic Waste

One of the main problems around the globe is related to the removal of wastes and finding a better solution to reuse it. Several wastes are generated from manufacturing processes, construction sites and demolition of buildings. In spite of several awareness drives on waste management, there is still an abundance of solid wastes in our country. Ceramic material contributes to the highest percentage of wastes within the construction and demolition wastes which is about 54%. During 2011-12, 11,166 million square meters of ceramic tiles are produced worldwide [1]. India produced 691 million square metres of ceramic tiles, which is 6.2% of the world’s production. India also ranked 3rd in terms of consumption accounting for 681 million square metres.

But what happened to all those ceramic tiles, utensils and showpieces that have manufacturing defects?

According to the 2014 report, approximately 2,50,000 tonnes of tiles wear out every year. Another 10 crore tiles go into repairs. So now you can imagine how much of ceramic waste is accumulated in just five decades.

Mr. Shashank Nimkar, a postgraduate student at National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad had developed a very innovative process to recycle ceramic wastes. He thought of developing this process when he went for an industrial visit to Khurja in 2017, a major ceramic hub in India. Mr. Shashank and his friends observed that heaps of rejected ceramics pieces are there almost in every lane. That particular incident made them realize to build an innovative process for the recycling of ceramic wastes. They take this challenge as a project while doing graduation in college, instead of taking up a paid internship at a firm or studio.

Mr. Shashank further said that “Everybody has been talking about segregating plastics but no one was there to take any initiative for ceramic dispose”. He also said, archaeologists proved that ceramic wastes lives longer than plastic wastes after they are dumped. So he decided to make eco-friendly tableware out of ceramic wastes. The composition of tableware is 70% recycled ceramic and 30% fresh clay. Gradually his experiments began to show some promising results. After this, he further planned to use 50% of recycled ceramic instead of 70% so that it can be produced in bulk.

This innovative process targets the reduction of mining resources used to make ceramic products and productive disposal of waste through recycling. Which proves to be energy & cost-effectiveness and quick casting time for production. The product quality is on par with traditional ceramics. Each ware is coated with a layer of fresh glaze making it completely safe for storing food items.

There are many innovators like Mr. Shashank Nimkar in our country who are very passionate about solving problems. You can also become an innovator and help India to become a better country.

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