Waste wizards

waste-wizardTurning trash into gold requires a little more than the Midas touch—it requires imagination and passion. And Adrian Pinto had it all. For 15 years, he watched wineries across the country producing tonnes of pomace, and wondered if the leftovers could be put into use. In 2012, Pinto, then senior manager at spirits manufacturer Pernod Ricard India, started researching on the composition of pomace, and realised that its fibre could be exploited for paper-making. To see it for himself, he set out to manufacture the first batch of grape paper in his kitchen armed with a blender and some nets. “I loved its colour and texture,” says Pinto. And since then, there has been no looking back.
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