Innovation: Kashmir woman discovered Herb Enzyme can convert polyethylene to ashes innovation


  • Received Nari Shakti Puraskar on International Women’s Day 2022

  • Name included in Asia Book of Records

Nasira Akhtar, a grass root innovator from South Kashmir’s Kulgam district, has developed a herb enzyme that can convert polythene into ash. Due to which now polythene can be biodegradable.

Hailing from the small village of Kanipora Kulgam, Nasira was awarded for her innovative innovation which is used to convert polythene into ash without causing any kind of environmental pollution. She is the first Indian woman to convert polythene into ashes. She received the Nari Shakti Puraskar from the President of India Ram Nath Kovind on International Women’s Day 2022.

8 years in research
Born in 1972, Nasira is getting a lot of praise for her research. Prior to the Nari Shakti Puraskar for this discovery, she has been recognized by Kalam World Records, Asia Book of Records and India Book of Records. He has also received an honorary doctorate from the World Record University in London.

However, in the journey of this success, he faced many difficulties. According to the Asia Book of Records portal, this research took him 8 years, 7 months and 5 days. They say that the paste of this herb is applied on a pile of polythene waste and then it is set on fire.

Nasira has studied only till class 12th
Nasira has studied only up to class 12th. After this, he struggled a lot while researching his ideas. Because there was no internet or reference available to help them. Nasira believes that he does not need books to innovate ideas. He says, “The universe is an open book. One who studies it always finds something.”

Presently, he is working in Pollution Control Department. Nasira told that he has contracted with a company to further his innovation. He further told that initially he was not encouraged by the people. But he was sure that one day the world would appreciate his work.

Nasira said that she is happy to receive the Nari Shakti Puraskar. Now she is waiting for the day when this product of hers will be available in the markets and people as well as the environment will benefit.

(Reporting by Ashraf Wani)

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