Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) launched a first ever ‘Terracotta Grinder’ in Varanasi.
About the grinder
The grinder was designed by KVIC Chairman, and fabricated by a Rajkot-based engineering unit
This machine will grind the wasted and broken pottery items for re-using in pottery-making.
Earlier the wasted pottery items were grinded in normal khal-musal (mortar and pestle) and its fine powder was mixed with the normal clay.
Mixing this powder in stipulated ratio to normal clay makes the resulting pottery items stronger.
This Terracotta grinder will make grinding of wasted pottery items faster than the traditional mortar and pestle.
It will lessen the cost of production, and will also help in solving the problem of shortage of clays.
By mixing 20 percent of this wasted terracotta powder, the potter will make a saving of at least Rs 520. This will also create more job opportunities in the villages.
Project REPLAN (REducing PLAstic in Nature)
KVIC, as part of its commitment to Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan, had started manufacturing of plastic-mixed handmade paper under its project REPLAN (REducing PLAstic in Nature).
In this project, the waste plastic is collected, cleaned, chopped, beaten and treated for softness.
After that, it is mixed with the paper raw material i.e. cotton rags pulp in a ratio of 80 % (pulp) and 20% (plastic waste).
The institute has sold over six lakh handmade plastic mixed carry bags since September 2018.