A world with zero-waste, creating a circular economy where resources are used
efficiently and effectively
Creating and implementing innovative solutions for better waste management,
while advocating best-practices for sustaining resources.
Why Bother About Waste?
Waste is a huge problem, literally
Excessive waste production, compounded by poor waste management, is one of the most serious challenges facing the world. In India alone, 43 million tons of solid waste is generated by urban centers annually. However, less than a quarter of this actually goes through some form of treatment. The rest goes to landfills or is incinerated
Why worry about untreated waste?
Poorly managed waste ends up in different forms, almost everywhere possible. In the air we breathe. In the water we use. In the food we eat. Its serves as a breeding ground for diseases. It even contributes to global warming, since methane is generated from waste.
Waste is about worker’s rights
The problem doesn’t just end with the environment. In India, it is as much a social problem as it is environmental. Workers and rag-pickers who collect, manage and dispose waste, are subjected to appalling working conditions. They are also at the receiving end of considerable social stigma
We need to act, now
The current situation of waste management is dismal. Allowing this situation to persist will lead to a rapid deterioration in quality of life and environmental sustainability. If we are to preserve the world for the future, for humans, for all living beings, then we must act now. We must act to ensure resources are used effectively, and efficiently, while being disposed in sustainable ways.
The Journey So Far
Jabir KaratFounder and CEO
Green Worms was started in 2014 by Jabir Karat, a post-graduate from Delhi University. Jabir was working in the slums of Mumbai as part of the Gandhi Fellowship, when he was struck by the gravity of the waste-management problem in cities. With humble beginnings in Kozhikode, Green Worms has today become one of the fastest growing start-ups in the waste management space in Kerala, trusted by the state government, panchayats and municipalities, as well as the private sector and NGOs. Green Worms is now expanding its footprint across other states in south India.
The Green Worms Impact
Tons of wet-waste used for biogas, composting and other useful raw materials
Tons of dry-waste recycled
Tons of waste diverted from landfills
Trusted By Leaders In Government, Industry And Non-Profits
DR. SHASHI THAROOR ( Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha and Former Under-Secretary General, United Nations )“Jabir Karat is Kerala’s waste management warrior. A student, a ragpicker, a social entrepreneur, the story of Green Worms is truly inspiring”
DR. THOMAS ISAAC ( Minister of Finance, Government of Kerala )"Jabir Karat is an entrepreneur with a unique vision….His novel idea of Event Waste Management has been successful in conferences and large gatherings. I recommend Jabir and his team to manage larger events, promoting sustainable use of resources"