An international award-winning organization with the core mission to end waste that leads to environmental impact, by redistributing items to those in need. By collecting all types of waste, we as an organization hope to decrease our negative environmental footprint and grow as a more sustainable community.
Sachi Bajaj, the founder of Me2U, is a senior at the Harker School in San Jose, California and holds an avid passion for environmentalism. Starting in ninth grade, Sachi became heavily involved in her school’s Green Team, which focused primarily on ending single-use plastics in the community.
Working to Eliminate Waste Every Day
Food waste is such a widespread problem where nearly 400 pounds of food is wasted per person annually as Americans dispose of 15-25% of the food they collect. Another statistic shows that every single day, 365 pounds of food is wasted, ending up in dumps and landfills. The U.S., having such a consuming nature, is only seen to project the amount of food waste in the future, knowing that the amount of food waste increased by 50% since 1974.
Due to the level of food waste in the world, there have been detrimental effects on the environment. Firstly, when wasted food ends up in landfills, it often decays without oxygen. Hence, methane is produced, which is 20 times more harmful towards the planet than carbon dioxide. Increased methane leads to the decline of the ozone layer, which in turn furthers the problem of climate change. Secondly, food waste causes astonishing amounts of groundwater and air pollution.
Me2U has expanded to other types of waste like clothing, books, and toys. To put it into perspective, each year, 320 million books are thrown away in the U.S., and the average American throws away 81 lb of clothing. Due to pollution, loss of biodiversity, litter, pests, toxic chemicals, and worsening the problem of climate change, this waste is ruining our environment every single day. This all stems from improper waste management, which is especially prominent in the Bay Area. Through Me2U, the waste is going to people who need it, completely eliminating the problem of people not disposing of items in the right way.
Me2U’s core mission is to end waste that leads to environmental impact, by redistributing items to those in need. By collecting all types of waste, we as an organization hope to decrease our negative environmental footprint and grow as a more sustainable community.
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