DIF Podcast How Does the Circular Economy Relate to You? Saathi and A Plastic Planet

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  • Tarun Bothra, Kristin Kagetsu, Frederikke Magnussen

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Welcome to the discussion on the circular economy and business. Entrepreneur Tarun Bothra, CTO of Saathi, chats with Frederikke Magnussen, co-founder of A Plastic Planet, moderated by Kristin Kagetsu. They discuss the views of both a responsible manufacturer and a consumer body on the need for social and environmental consciousness combined with business enterprise. Saathi is a sustainable manufacturing company based in India, making the first completely biodegradable and compostable sanitary pads from banana tree fibre. A Plastic Planet is a pro-business group that works collaboratively with all stakeholders to accelerate the pace of essential change by dramatically reducing the use of conventional plastic; especially that used to package our food and drink. Tarun and Frederikke talk about how we need to change the way we do business and think about designing products that are sustainable and innovative. By considering consumers needs, we need to give them options that are better for them and the environment.


Tarun Bothra

Tarun Bothra

CTO Saathi Pads

One of the co-founders & CTO at Saathi who leads the R&D, Technical, and Operations teams of Saathi to develop the highest quality product and ensure that the supply chain is completely sustainable for zero impact on the environment. Tarun holds a Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from Nirma University. Prior to Saathi, he worked at Motif Engineering Pvt. Ltd. as an engineer in various departments like design, production etc. He has experience running his family business in Handicraft, Furniture and Cloth. He believes sustainability is important for our survival in the future and wants to give back to the masses. Saathi is combining both of those goals in providing a sustainable high-quality product to women everywhere. With an innovative technology and business model, Saathi sets a new standard for feminine hygiene.

Kristin Kagetsu

Kristin Kagetsu

Co-founder of Saathi

One of the co-founders of Saathi, a social enterprise dedicated to providing an end-to-end solution for sanitary protection to women in India. Kristin has a passion for engineering design that makes a direct impact on people's lives. As an undergraduate student, she worked on multiple projects with the MIT Design Lab (D-Lab) in Brazil, Nicaragua, and India. Her first product launch was of a set of natural dye crayons that she developed with an NGO in Uttarakhand where she fell in love with India. Kristin also volunteered with the Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers (SASE), working to structure and expand the national collegiate team to better support over 60 collegiate chapters, as well as to develop SASE leadership in the Northeast. She was an MIT DLab ScaleUps Fellow, TEDx speaker, Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia Fellow and currently resides in India. Kristin received her Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from MIT.

Frederikke Magnussen

Frederikke Magnussen

Two years ago, two unreasonable women founded a global social change movement called A Plastic Planet. Their goal is simple - to turn off the plastic tap. Serial entrepreneurs, Siân Sutherland and Frederikke Magnussen are no typical eco-warriors. With entrepreneurial backgrounds in restaurants, film, design and skincare, they bring a different fresh approach to environmental issues - pro-business, working collaboratively and using worldwide media to champion those businesses and brands that are doing the right thing. The first campaign asked supermarkets to give their shoppers a Plastic Free Aisle so they would have the choice to buy groceries without plastic packaging. The following 12 months saw some extraordinary change as the public woke up to the damage created by our addiction to plastic. A Plastic Planet are highly vocal in representing the public's right for plastic free choice, working collaboratively with industry, retailers, Governments, legislators and the UN; to accelerate the pace of change at all levels.

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