SEED Special Recognition Award
Ten years ago, five enterprises received the first SEED Awards. Since then a total of 202 innovative social and environmental start-up enterprises have been honoured with a SEED Award. To celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the SEED Awards, a Special Recognition Award was presented at the SEED Africa Symposium 2015. Chosen in an online vote with more than 5,500 participants 2013 SEED Low Carbon Winner Tambul Leaf Plates from India received 18,559 votes and was chosen as the winner of the SEED Special Recognition Award. The enterprise produces and markets biodegradable disposable dinnerware from the fallen sheath of the arecanut plant, reducing plastic waste pollution and creating a value chain on the basis on an abundant natural resource.
The Special Recognition Award highlights the extraordinary and lasting contributions of SEED Winners for the sustainable development of their respective communities. In that regard, Tambul Leaf Plates has written its very own convincing success story. In the last four years Tambul Leaf Plates has been able to generate sustainable livelihood for 2000+ rural youths and promote 100+ arecanut leaf plate making units”, founder Arindam Dasgupta said in a recent interview. More success stories like the one of Tambul Leaf Plates can be found in SEED’s 10 Year Flagship Report “Turning Ideas into Impact: Setting the Stage for the next 10 Years of Green and Inclusive Growth through Entrepreneurship”.