Mumbai-startup provides eco-friendly solution to the biomedical waste problem
India generates 62 million tonnes of waste every year, with an average annual growth rate of 4%.The rampantly growing piles of garbage pose a serious threat to not just our environment but also endanger human health worldwide.
The emergence of the Covid-19 pandemic has further aggravated the problem, with tonnes of biomedical waste being generated in the country, every minute.
However, India is among the very few countries to take proactive measures for solving this problem.
Recently, a Mumbai-based startup ‘Indra water’ has developed a ‘disinfection system’, aptly named the ‘Vajra Kavach’ to ensure the re-use of masks, PPE, and gloves.
Key highlights of the Vajra Kavach disinfectant system:
– *Eco-friendly alternative*:
The Vajra Kawach is an eco-friendly alternative that can significantly reduce biomedical waste in the country, without even the hassle of disposing of it.
– *Easy to use*:
The UV disinfection system of the Vajra Kavach is elegant, user-friendly, and convenient. It just takes a few minutes to easily disinfect used PPE kits, masks & gloves of its viral load.
– *Reduces viral load with 99.99% efficiency*:
The Vajra Kavach is able to achieve the viral load reduction by 1 lakh-fold. In scientific terms, it has proven a reduction of viruses and bacteria by 5 log. (‘Log reduction’ is a term used to signify the relative number of living microbes that are eliminated after a process of disinfection.)
– *100% Indigenous system*:
Everything deployed in the disinfection system, from idea to technology, and every component that has been used in the manufacturing is Made-in-India. And, absolutely nothing is procured from outside.
*Tested by IIT, Bombay*:
The Vajra Kavach disinfection system has been tested by the Department of Biosciences & Bioengineering at IIT Bombay.
The system employs a multistage disinfection process consisting of advanced oxidation, Covid discharge & UV-C light spectrum to inactivate the viruses, bacteria, & other microbial strains with 99.9% efficiency.
– *Makes PPE, masks & gloves easily accessible & affordable for all*:
With the successful deployment of the disinfection system, ‘Vajra Kavach’ in hospitals, not just the biomedical waste disposal problem can be solved, but with the re-use of biomedical pieces of equipment, affordable PPE, masks, and gloves will be made accessible to all.
Behind this innovative breakthrough was a simple, yet powerful and frugal idea of reusing rather than disposing of.
It was conceived during the nationwide lockdown in March 2020 to help the country fight the pandemic, realizing the huge demand for PPE Kits & N-95 masks. Thus, a simple disinfection process enabled our Corona Warriors to reuse their masks and PPEs.