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Jakarta Post

Teenagers win international award for green solution

  • Teressa Warianto

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, August 29 2016   /  08:59 am
Suprihatin (left) and Raafi Jaya Sutrisna (JP/Teressa Warianto)(left) and Raafi Jaya Sutrisna (JP/Teressa Warianto)

Suprihatin (left) and Raafi Jaya Sutrisna (JP/Teressa Warianto)Raafi Jaya Sutrisna and Suprihatin, two students in Pati, Central Java, may only be 17 years old, but they already have the makings of great inventors.

They saw a problem in their hometown, tried to turn it into an opportunity and won an international award for it.

Pati, a small town with a booming tapioca industry, produces tons of cassava skin waste each month, which prompted Raafi and Suprihatin to look for a sustainable solution to deal with the waste.  

The two teenagers, who worked on the project at their school, SMA PGRI 2 in Kayen district, created a cassava skin composite that can serve as an environmentally friendly alternative for raw materials in the production of planes, trains and automobiles.

 “The inspiration for our invention came from waste. We saw a huge waste probl...