Pakistani startup declares war on climate change
Author: Afreen Mirza
Team Pakistan Researcher
Global Human Rights Defence
Climate change is one of the most severe issues of the 21st century. The uncontrolled course that climate change has taken causes irreparable damage to the ecosystem. Moreover, climate change affects the social and environmental determinants of health – clean air, safe drinking water, sufficient food, and secure shelter. Between 2030 and 2050, climate change is expected to cause approximately 250 000 additional deaths per year, from malnutrition, malaria, diarrhea, and heat stress. In Pakistan, a startup called ‘’Suftech Innovations’’, introduced disruptive technology to fight a groundbreaking assault on climate change by reducing marine and soil pollution, and plugging greenhouse gas emissions into a measure that matters. Suftech leads the transition from a linear plastics economy to a truly circular and sustainable plastics economy. Ahsan Ejaz, the co-founder, and chief executive officer of Suftech Innovations Private Limited, told Geo.tv:
Due to the unfortunate economic scenario in Pakistan that has put restrictions on imports and made everything imported extremely expensive it has at the same time created opportunities for businesses that rely on local materials. At Suftech we create virgin-like polymer from plastic waste which is readily available in Pakistan therefore we were not impacted by the shortage of raw materials ensuring the availability of our product and cementing our position as a reliable supplier for our customers’’.
It is optimistic that innovations like that are being implemented, especially in Pakistan because even though the country suffers from other devastating issues like violence and severe violations of human rights, organizations like Suftech help to minimize the catastrophic consequences of climate change.
Sources and further readings:
Mirza, A. (2023, May 1). Pakistani startup declares war on climate change. Geo News. https://www.geo.tv/latest/484802-pakistans-suftech-innvoations-join-fight-against-climate-change