Decanting Hand Sanitiser into Bamboo Dispenser

Massive consumption of Plastic sanitizer bottles may outstrip all the recycling efforts, though some plastic items will still be needed, a team of students from the hilly district of Kalimpong of West Bengal has devised an automatic hand sanitizer dispenser with bamboo and waste materials.

A million plastic bottles are dumped every minute on the surface of the earth and the number is likely to jump another 20% by the end of 2021 due to high consumption sanitizer bottles which may add up to yet another environmental crisis.

In a bid to find an alternative, the bamboo dispenser bottle has been designed by students in various bamboo rich areas of India. One such  device has been developed mainly by Azel Karthak currently pursuing his B.Tech (Electronics and communication) from Siliguri Institute of Technology.It is convenient for people to decant their hand sanitiser into a small reusable container from a big refill bottle.

According to Azel, “The device has been made with waste materials and eco-friendly products. Since bamboo has a high efficiency and reflects our culture too, we used bamboo as our raw material for our structural design. The other waste material used is the defective Diwali lights which is also an e-waste, generally which we throw it after it gets defected but none of us are aware that in most of the cases the wires are in a working condition. The container used for the sanitizer is plastic bottles which we see around and hence it is one of the largest contributors to plastic waste.”

Besides this, many Automatic Hand Sanitizer Dispensers are available on the market but often come with a hefty price. Therefore, they came up with Homemade Automatic Hand Sanitizer Dispenser which costs much less than the conventional one. They have already placed this eco-friendly automated hand sanitizer in different public places, including the municipality, police station and hospitals.

In Kerala, M R Vijesh, native of Arimula, Waynand  also introduced automatic sanitizer dispensers using bamboo. The users only need to stretch their palm. Vijesh is planning to reduce the manufacturing cost to make it accessible to the large market.The dispenser can be charged using a mobile charger. Its battery lasts for upto 4 hours. Vijesh has been active with bamboo products making through his firm ‘Soura Art and Craft’ for the last 2 year.

As hand sanitizer is now one of the bare necessities of the public.It takes more than keeping a bottle of hand sanitizer at public places for ensuring hygiene more over the plastic bottled hand sanitizers leads to environmental pollution.

According to research by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, plastic leaks into the world’s oceans each year to be ingested by sea birds, fish and other organisms, and by 2050 the ocean will contain more plastic by weight than fish. Hence food chains also run the risk of being contaminated by it.

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