Rupjyoti Saikia Gogoi found a solution to the plastic waste issue with her creativity.
A 47-year-old hailing from the northeastern state of Assam has hit upon a novel idea to address the problem.
She and her collective, Village Weaves, gather the waste and make handloom products from it.
She lives near Assam's popular tourist attraction, Kaziranga National Park.
Kaziranga National Park has the largest population of one-horned rhinoceros, besides thousands of elephants, tigers, panthers, bears, and birds.
Gogoi and her team collect plastic bottles, packets,and water bottles left behind by the tourists, wash and dry it to make products.
Her initiative also served as a job opportunity for women in her state.
Her initiative was launched in 2004. Since then, she helped empower more than 2,300 women across 35 villages in Assam while reducing the plastic pollution issue in the state.
Their products are sold through Kaziranga Haat, a gift shop in Gogoi.
She said that women's skills in hand looming helped their initiative a lot. Women learn the skills from childhood and make looms using bamboo.
Using the same skill set, women make handbags, doormats, table mats, wall hangings, coasters, table covers, etc, with the plastic wastes they have collected.