New Delhi, Delhi, India:
- The initiative is focused towards creating awareness on plastic waste management through the student community.
- Competitions across age groups organized to generate mass awareness; special microsite www.wastenomore.co.in launched; +2000 entries received till date.
- Initiative in line with Hon’ble Prime Minister’s call to celebrate Rashtriya Swachhta Diwas on October 2, marking Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti.
PepsiCo India has partnered with Smile Foundation to launch a special initiative on plastic waste management- ‘Waste no More’. The initiative is aligned with Hon’ble Prime Minister’s call to celebrate Rashtriya Swachhta Diwas on October 2, 2021 – Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti. Through this initiative, PepsiCo India is engaging with +200,000 students from + 200 schools across +50 cities in India.
The initiative aims to bring behavioral change, educate the community and students about the importance of preserving the environment and learn more about sustainability. A special microsite wastenomore.co.in has been created to showcase innovative ideas submitted by children from participating schools. These ideas include DIY projects, recycled crafts from plastic waste, videos by children on the importance of plastic waste management, among other activities.
Santanu Mishra, Co-founder and Executive Trustee, Smile Foundation said, “Over the last few years we have collaborated with PepsiCo India for driving change across a wide range of subjects and we are delighted to partner with them for ‘Waste No More’. Through this effort, we are sensitizing the country’s young change-makers towards conservation and sustainability and hoping to create a positive impact among school students and the larger community.”
Speaking about the campaign Ahmed ElSheikh, President PepsiCo India said, “Waste no more is a special initiative that is in line with our winning with purpose philosophy of keeping sustainability at the center of our business. Through the initiative, we are celebrating the Hon’ble Prime Minister’s call of accomplishing through determination (Sankalp Se Siddhi) of making India clean and safe. We are happy to collaborate with Smile foundation in this regard.”
All submitted entries will be judged by an elite jury, including the likes of reputed contemporary artist Seema Kohli, National award-winning filmmaker and screenplay writer Teenaa Kaur Pasricha, SVP and Head: Marketing and Communications, Aon India Insurance Brokers & Sustainability influencer, Shreya Krishnan and Professor Sapna A. Narula, Dean, School of Management Studies, Nalanda University.
The initiative has so far received +2000 entries from schools across 50 cities.
Smile Foundation is an Indian development organization directly benefiting over 1.5 million children and families through more than 400 welfare projects on education, healthcare, livelihood, and women empowerment spread across 2,000 villages and urban slums in 25 states.
For more information, please visit: http://www.smilefoundationindia.org/
About PepsiCo India
PepsiCo entered India in 1989 and has grown to become one of the largest food and beverage businesses in India. PepsiCo India’s diverse portfolio includes iconic brands like Pepsi, Lay’s, Kurkure, Tropicana 100%, Gatorade and Quaker.
Guiding PepsiCo is our vision to Be the Global Leader in Convenient Foods and Beverages by Winning with Purpose. “Winning with Purpose” reflects our ambition to win sustainably in the marketplace and embed purpose into all aspects of the business. We believe that continuously improving the products we sell, operating responsibly to protect our planet and empowering people around the world is what enables PepsiCo to run a successful global company that creates long-term value for society and our shareholders. In 2009, PepsiCo India achieved a significant milestone, by becoming the first business to achieve ‘Positive Water Balance’ in the beverage world, a fact verified by Deloitte Touché Tohmatsu India Pvt. Ltd. The company has been Water Positive since then.
For more information, please visit: www.pepsicoindia.co.in