Anand Mahindra wants to finance this startup of a 23-year-old who makes sneakers from plastic waste


When it comes to nurturing creative talent and helping them gain global recognition, no one does it better than businessman Anand Mahindra. It’s no secret that the boss of Mahindra and Mahindra is super active on the microblogging site and often shares insightful information with his followers of blah blah.

Mahindra on Wednesday showed support for an Indian entrepreneur whose company produces sneakers made from plastic bottles and trash bags. The business mogul asked Twitter for help in putting him in touch with the person behind the initiative and expressed interest in funding the business.

The 66-year-old also said he was embarrassed that he hadn’t heard of the “inspiring startup” before.

“Embarrassed not to know about this inspiring startup,” Mahindra said, adding that “These are the types of startups we need to encourage, not just the obvious unicorns.”

“I’m going to buy a pair today. (Can someone tell me the best way to get them?) And when he raises funds, count me in! Mahindra posted on Twitter.

The company was founded by Ashay Bhave, a 23-year-old who had the idea to start a sneaker company that recycled plastic waste when he was in business school. The goal of the ‘Thaely’ brand, literal translation of plastic bags, was to find a solution to the problem of the 100 billion plastic bags used each year that use 12 million barrels of oil and kill 100,000 marine animals each year. .



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