Turning fallen leaves into paper
19-year-old student Valentyn Frechka
started an initiative called "Re-leaf Paper"
Location: Zhytomyr, Ukraine
It produces paper bags and packaging
from fiber extracted from fallen tree leaves
(SOUNDBITE) (Ukrainian) CO-FOUNDER AND CEO OF 'RE-LEAF PAPER' COMPANY, VALENTYN FRECHKA, SAYING: "The idea is very simple. Things which are believed to be waste can be reused or recycled. Leaves are waste that needs to be removed from parks because they emit a lot of carbon as they rot. No matter what people say, leaves must be collected and disposed of properly. It is an opportunity for a customer to use environmentally friendly packaging."