Shriti Pandey

Making the structural changes needed for a circular economy

Shriti is the founder of Strawcture Eco, the first company in India to make a 100% green building materials using compressed agri-fiber panels. Her work is of particular importance given that the construction industry is one of the biggest emitters of greenhouse gases, particularly in a country like India, where emissions from the construction industry are likely to grow along with urbanisation rates. The most visible impact of her venture is the reduced rate of stubble burning among farming communities in North India. Strawcture Eco has achieved this by converting straw/stubble into AgriBioPanels that they then supply to hospitals, offices and schools around the country.

In the last 3 years, they have stopped 600 metric tonnes of straw from being burnt and sequestered 500 metric tonnes of C02. Shriti’s work strengthens SDG 11: Sustainable cities and communities, SGD 12: Responsible consumption and production and SDG 13: Climate action. While she has successfully shown how a green building material can be mainstreamed, her next challenge is to find an effective manufacturing process which can be replicated across the country. With a slew of awards to her name, inclusion in inspiring lists such as the Forbes 30 Under 30 2021 (Asia) and her training in construction management, she is geared up to strengthen the push towards a circular economy.