Reverse Vending Machine installed at EA Mall, Chennai

The world consumes nearly 1/2 trillion PET Bottles every year, with a million Plastic Bottles bought around the world every minute! Placed end to end vertically, the bottles we discard will reach half way to the sun! PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate) is a highly recyclable material. Yet only 50% of the bottles are collected, of which, only 7% end up being recycled into new bottles.

In order to encourage the public to start “recycling”, Sharon Ply has installed a REVERSE VENDING MACHINE at Express Avenue Mall, Royapettah, Chennai. This machine will accept PET bottles and cans and, in return, give coupons that can be redeemed at select food outlets and stores. The machine has a slot for people to drop their empty water bottles or cola cans. The machine will return coupons for the dropped PET bottles/cans which can be redeemed in the respective outlets mentioned in coupon. This machine crushes the collected PET bottles/cans which is gathered and sent to Recycling units.

This machine is one of the first of its kind to be installed in Chennai. The inauguration was done by Mr. D. Sekar – Member Secretary, TNPCB, on 27th February, 2019 at 08.00 pm. The event was also attended by Mr. Vishnu Khemani, Managing Director – Sharon Ply and Mr. G. Dinakaran, DGM, EA Mall.

The machines are manufactured by M/s. Zeleno Pvt. Ltd., Delhi. Installing these machines at public places with lot of traffic is sure to highlight the need for recycling. Since the effort taken to recycle is rewarded with coupons, Sharon Ply hopes that Tamil Nadu soon becomes a leader in plastic recycling.



Sharon Ply’s PET Bottle crusher at Madurai Bus Terminus information shared on Dinamalar.

PET Bottle crushed and recycled to build new roads.

In a year, the world consumes nearly half a trillion Plastic bottles with only half of it getting collected for recycling. The rest of the plastic goes to landfills or the ocean where they break down and enter our food chain. PET bottles are carelessly thrown around in our country without thinking twice about recycling. In order to make it easy for people to make the responsible choice and recycle the PET bottles, Sharon Ply has commissioned a PET bottle collection & shredding machine at Madurai’s Mattuthavani Bus Terminus. Thousands of passengers who use this terminus can now dispose of their water/juice bottles (after emptying contents). The machine is maintained by W2W enterprise who will handle the collection of the shredded plastic for recycling.
Join Sharon Ply in our efforts to make the country safe from #PlasticPollution by taking a pledge at #isaynotoplastic#SaveourOceans

Socially Conscious Corporate

Our world is full of problems. Most people complain about the problems and just move on without ever doing anything to fix the problems. Sharon Ply thinks differently and gets down to making a difference through dedicated action. #iSayNoToPlastic is an initiative that Sharon Ply cares deeply about and we have undertaken several activities to address the growing problem of #PlasticPollution. Here is a short video compilation of some of the major activities undertaken by Sharon Ply in the recent months to take the message of #iSayNoToPlastic to the public.

Let Earth Keep Its Colours

Our Earth is neither blue nor green. It is composed of myriad colours and hues painted on by the diversity of its plant and animal life.

In order for Earth to keep its colours, it is important for humans to adopt eco-friendly ways of living. Sharon Plywoods has been undertaking several eco-friendly initiatives to create awareness and bring about social change in order to preserve the diversity of Earth.

To spread the word about eco-conservation, Sharon Plywoods has painted 4 railway engines with their message about Earth’s colours which will carry the message across the length and breadth of India. The first engine was flagged off by Mr SC Das, President, Sharon Plywoods and The AD RM, Southern Railways at 5.50 pm on Saturday, Jan 12, 2019. This engine was attached to the Chennai – Jolarpet, Yelagiri Express on that day.

R.I.P Mr. Single Use Plastic

It is with great happiness we announce the death of SUPB (Single Use Plastic Bag) on January 1st, 2019 in Tamil Nadu. He was an inseparable part of our daily lives. Though immortal in nature, we bid him farewell because we were all irresponsible in his disposal and he found his way into the environment, polluting and poisoning it. He is survived by our children’s children, marine animals and the rivers and oceans of the earth.

May his soul biodegrade in peace.

 Kindly post your farewell messages below in the comments section.

Plastic-Free Shopping Bag distribution at Kovai Pazhamudhir Nilayam, Chennai

Sharon Plywoods is committed to the cause of eliminating single-use plastic and, in this regard, have been undertaking various initiatives for spreading awareness. With the recent ban on single-use plastic in TN, people have been looking for alternatives for the ubiquitous material and distribution of the multi-purpose cloth bag form Sharon Plywoods has been a god send for many.
Pazhamudhir Nilayam, the vegetable/grocery chain, joined hands with Sharon Plywoods in distributing these cloth bags to their patrons at various locations across Chennai.
Those who received the bag have been very appreciative of the quality if the bag and its usefulness.

Take the #iSayNoToPlastic pledge and receive the cloth bag at your doorstep (avail this before Jan 15, 2019).


Sharon Plywoods discourages Single-Use Plastic

Decomposition rates of Single-Use Plastic

Other than the obvious threat posed by plastic to marine life and city dwellers, plastic waste also occupies a lot of space in landfills since they take several years to decompose, if at all. They also leech harmful chemicals into the environment while breaking down and cause severe damage to water and soil during the decomposition process. Here is a look at how long everyday single-use plastic items take to decompose to get a sense of how much harm we are causing by using them.
Plastic has been the most useful material invented by mankind that has made several thing possible in everyday life. Plastic is a petroleum based product that does not biodegrade like other organic materials and occupy lot of space in our landfills.
Although scientists are now claiming certain processes that could biodegrade these materials, replicating those outside of controlled environments in large scale is still not possible, not to mention the unknown side-effects of such new processes. So, until we have a safe way to dispose of plastic, our only choice remains in reducing use, reusing existing materials and recycling waste and all of these involve a conscious decision on our parts to be responsible citizens.
Time taken for Plastic to decompose
Time take for single-use plastic to decompose