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Rhea SinghalEntrepreneur and Founder Ecoware
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Rhea Singhal is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and Founder and CEO of Ecoware, India’s first and largest sustainable packaging company.
Rhea was previously a senior sales executive in the Oncology team at Pfizer UK and after moving to India, Rhea founded Ecoware with the sole aim of fixing India’s plastic menace. Ecoware disrupted the food packing industry by introducing a fully compostable alternative to plastic and styrofoam. Ecoware is made from the waste of common agricultural crops that would otherwise be burnt in the open, contributing to severe air pollution.
Rhea Singhal has created social awareness by educating consumers and encouraging change in consumer behavior. Her awareness strategy includes working with various institutions such as schools and hospitals, where the toxicity of plastics have been highlighted and healthier alternatives are discussed.
Her challenges included setting up a consumer business, overcoming the stigma associated with being a female business owner and being a foreigner who spoke very little Hindi. Despite these hurdles she convinced generational traders across India to sell a product they had never seen and that cannibalized their current revenue. One of her greatest successes has been convincing the Indian Railways, the largest food service operator in India, to switch to biodegradables.
She has been featured in various publications - Forbes, Hindustan Times, Economic Times, India Today and CNBC. Rhea Singhal is a recognized leader in a number of fields ranging from Circular Economy and Sustainable Packaging, to Climate Change. As a mother to two young children, Rhea know first-hand the harmful impact of pollution on the most vulnerable. This is her constant motivation to do better.