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Caption : Athulya, one of the units at Srishti Complex, is a unique venture of Tata Tea, for the rehabilitation of the physically challenged dependants of its employees. The unit, originally named Vocational Centre for the Physically Challenged, commenced functioning as an envelope making unit with just 12 trainees in 1991. Today this unit has expanded so much that it almost fulfils all the stationery requirements of Tata Tea's South India Plantation Division and about 25 youngsters with special needs are benefited. A novel idea of "Wealth from Waste" gave rise to the Hand Made Paper Unit which decided to recycle waste paper, cut boards and other stationery waste from all the estate offices and decided to venture further to make hand made paper with other natural additives which are vailable around Munnar like tea waste, eucalyptus leaves, lemon grass, pineapple leaves, onion peel, flower petals etc. Thus a full fledged Hand Made Paper Unit was born in 1999. living up to its motto "we can and we will" these enthusiastic youngsters have proved that with hard work anything is possible. Today, as many as 52 eco-friendly, azo-free, biodegradable innovative products are being produced from the basic handmade paper. The Unit hopes to experiment and introduce new methods and products and to expand the Unit's marketing possibilities. The enthusiasm and interest that these youngsters show makes one feel that "enthusiasm is a sign of spiritual health and imperfections are what makes you beautiful".
Photo: K.K. Mustafah
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