AAt the height of the epidemic in the Indian state of Kerala, 46-year-old fashion designer Lakshmi Menon has heard that each new coveted care center requires 50 beds. Mattresses were scarce. Whenever a patient was discharged, the mattress had to be inflamed. “I thought: this mattress is burning a lot,” says Menon.
Menon’s solution was to assemble mountains of plastic pieces from factories that make PPE. The females then tie the bits into rope-like plates on a 6-foot-long braid. The tops are zigzagged and the ends are tied together. The result is a lightweight, soft, washable, hygienic mattress for only 300 rupees (3%) – half the price of a normal one.
The women of Aryankao, near Kochi, where Menon lives in a rubber plantation, get jobs, the environment is safe, and mattresses are available at the Coyote Clinic.شایاIn Sanskrit.
On her way to Kochi in February, she saw the idea of using garbage scrap when she saw children sleeping on the street. A few days later, he met a friend who runs a fashion house and saw piles of rubbish of various sizes.
“It simply came to our notice then. I thought I could use a bra to make a mattress for the homeless. Braiding allows you to use each piece of fabric of different sizes. Even the smallest thing can be added and everyone knows how to make a gift.
In March, he made 20 donkeys and handed them over to homeless families. Then there was a lockdown. Her friends, who live in design and fashion, ended the business overnight. The workers were released and things looked terrible.
Menon forgot about fabric mattresses, until she went to her friend’s sewing unit in July and saw that she had started doing PPE. There is a mountain of plastic pieces in the corner. Menon’s eyes lit up.
“I picked them up and found them cleaner, softer and more dust-free than scrap cloth. It was the best material I could ever get, “she says.
When Menon picked up the scrap, his friend was overjoyed. He was struggling to find a way to get rid of them, because the question of burning did not end there.
At the same time, epidemic-stricken Kerala ordered the setting up of 50-bed coveted centers across the state and village councils rioted to find enough mattresses.
In addition to the coveted centers that bought them, Menon is working closely with NGOs. shayyas Homeless shelters and sleep deprived people on the principle that “everyone deserves a good night’s sleep”. India’s 1.7 million homeless people usually sleep on the ground on a thin mat.
Students in India who are part of it انکٹس, A non-profit international organization founded by accountancy firm KPMG, is working to make mattresses widely available.
“We also feel that yoga centers may be interested in buying them because they are soft and lightweight and adapt easily.”
Menon is unlikely to meet the shortage of raw materials. The country’s textile ministry announced this week that India has become the world’s second-largest PPE producer, with more than 1,000 manufacturers making 4.5 million pieces a day.
Of Menon شایا The work has been undertaken by UN staff who will add it to the list of innovative ideas that can be easily replicated.
Several Indian corporations have also approached him. “These big companies have to meet their corporate social responsibility goals and mattresses have been provided as a good way to generate sustainable income for rural women who do not need any equipment. No. Menon says there’s only a little space.
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