|Founder 👔||Shriyans Bhandari and Ramesh Dhami|
|Headquarters 🏙️||Navi Mumbai, |
Area served 🗺️
|India & US|
Number of employees
Greensole is a social venture based in Mumbai. It was founded by Shriyans Bhandari and Ramesh Dhami in 2015. The organization refurbish old and used footwear into slippers and donates them to children in need.
Shriyans Bhandari and Ramesh Dhami started as athletes from Mumbai. They run hundreds of kilometers each year and in the process, they went through several pairs of sports shoes. Shriyans analyzed, annually 350 million shoes are discarded while 1.2 billion people do not have a pair of footwear across the globe as per World Bank report. They noticed wasted sneakers that had no future life, and showed no signs of decaying in the near future, just increasing the pollution.
After few months of experimenting, they came up with the solution that they could salvage the soles and combine them with other recycled materials to create new pairs of slippers and donate them to people in need. And in 2015, collecting funds from his family and business plan competitions like R-idea and Eureka by IIT Bombay he launched Greensole during his management studies at Jai Hind College, Mumbai along with Ramesh Dhami. Ram Fashion Exports, a footwear exporter in the region, as their vision partner offered a factory and working space to do so.
Awards & Recognition
- Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia 2018 list
- pratap, rashmi. "Sole-searching business". @businessline.
- से, मधु पाल मुंबई; लिए, बीबीसी हिंदी के. "खिलाड़ियों से मिल रहे इन्हें जूते चप्पल". BBC News हिंदी (in हिन्दी).
- Singal, Aastha (29 December 2018). "Giving a New Life to Used Soles". Entrepreneur.
- "NMMC ties up with Greensole to cut carbon footprint - Video | Mumbai Mirror". MumbaiMirror.
- "These budding athletes are doing something incredible with worn, used pairs of shoes". Vogue India.
- "Meet the IAN Global Startup Competition Finalists: Shriyans Bhandari & Greensole". babson.edu.
- Nunes, Averil (9 August 2015). "'Sole'ful purpose: Fighting social inequity by recycling worn-out sports shoes". DNA India.
- "They Refurbish Your Old Shoes & Create New Pairs for Needy School Children to Walk Comfortably In". The Better India. 18 August 2016.
- "Support Greensole to provide recycled slippers to children in need". milaap.org.
- Sen, Sohini (6 October 2016). "A 'sole'ful gift". Livemint.com.
- "Greensole". Forbes.
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