Award Category - Most Innovative Educational Project
Introduction - Arshita Sharma is a class 10th student at Maxx International School, Kullu 
Achievement - Created a solution to decompose plastic with the help of wax worms 

Plastic decomposition, or the breakdown of plastic materials, is a process that occurs over an extended period. Unlike organic materials, plastics do not easily biodegrade. Instead, they undergo photodegradation and fragmentation when exposed to sunlight. Ultraviolet rays from the sun cause the polymer chains in plastics to break down into smaller pieces. However, these smaller particles, known as microplastics, persist in the environment and pose significant ecological challenges. The complete decomposition of plastics can take centuries, contributing to environmental pollution and impacting wildlife. 

Arshita’s Approach to Expedite Plastic Decomposition

Arshita has identified a unique approach to expedite the process of plastic decomposition. Her project is focused on utilising wax worms to decompose plastic, in the process, raising awareness about the environmental consequences of plastic pollution through surveys and community outreach. 

In her report, Arshita highlighted the eco-friendly nature of wax worms compared to traditional methods such as burning, melting, or crushing, which contribute to pollution. Wax worms, commonly found in beehives, employ enzymes known as Demetra and Ceres to break down plastic, eventually excreting Ethylene Glycol, which is an environmentally friendly substance. 

Arshita experimented with this approach at home, confirming its efficacy. Engaging with her school administration, she received positive feedback, affirming its potential applicability on a larger scale. She believes her unique solution merits recognition and promotion, offering a promising perspective for scientists and authorities alike.


Arshita's efforts in tackling plastic decomposition received recognition from the news channel Himalayan News Kullu. Her innovative approach captured the attention of the media outlet and they acknowledged the significance of Arshita's project, emphasizing the importance of addressing plastic pollution through inventive and environmentally conscious means. 

She participated in the National Children's Science Congress, showcasing her Scientific Project Report. She excelled in the competition, qualifying at the district level and advancing to the state level.

Arshita Sharma is a finalist for Most Innovative Educational Project because of her approach to tackle the problem of plastic decomposition and her initiative in creating awareness and developing a solution for a pressing environmental issue.


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