Shriti Pandey

Strawcture Eco

Big Idea: 
Carbon-reducing building materials made of ag waste in India

Strawcture designs and manufactures carbon-reducing building materials out of ag waste like rice stubble, to make selling waste more profitable for farmers than burning. Their panels can be used to build walls, floors, and ceilings, all with better thermal and acoustic insulation than the alternatives.

Shriti is an entrepreneur, civil engineer, and cat parent. She was born and raised in a smaller city outside Delhi, but it wasn’t until she spent a year in a rural Indian village that she felt the magnitude of the air pollution caused by stubble burning. After witnessing subsistence farmers and their families inhale smoke for two seasons, she set out to solve this problem. She started Strawcture in 2018 with $10,000 and 2 carpenters, and has since then sold more than a million square feet of carbon negative building materials. She is a Forbes 30U30 Asia (2021), TEDx Speaker, and an Acumen, Echoing Green and Unreasonable Fellow.

Henry Arnhold Fellows