Crockery Bank For Everyone is a non-profit initiative started by Sameera Satija that lets people rent steel crockery for events and langars, all for free. The idea behind this initiative is to reduce plastic waste and encourage Delhiites (including heads of all religious groups) to lead environmentally-conscious lives.
This bank lets anyone rent steel plates and glasses for free. All you need to do is drop a message on their Facebook page, share your personal details like name, address, along with a copy of your ID proof and also, the kind of crockery that you require. You'll then have to drop by Sameera's place in Gurgaon to collect the utensils. In return for the plates and glasses, she doesn't want anything, really. But if you do want to help Sameera, you can donate money for a thali and a cup, but an even better alternative, she suggests, is starting a crockery bank in your own area.
We understand that you might have health concerns over this system of an open crockery bank, but Sameera recommends that if you use Potassium Permanganate or soapnut powder (reetha) to wash the utensils, you have nothing to worry about. She can even get you the powder for just INR 30. Plus, using the Crockery Bank's utensils is any day safer than eating and drinking in the regular styrofoam cups that are loaded with chemicals.
Despite having a regular 9-5 job, Sameera's dedicated to make this city a better place to live in. She also organises her own composting workshops and is more than happy to collaborate with RWAs and CSR groups locally. Check out her Facebook page for more info.