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Otrivin helps Bengaluru’s underprivileged school children breathe cleaner through its ‘Pollution Capture Pencils’ initiative

The project initiated by Wunderman Thompson Singapore, along with Wunderman Thompson India and WPP Team Haleon installed air purifiers in schools to collect toxic air particles and turn them into pencils

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Nasal health brand Otrivin, a part of global consumer health company Haleon, has launched a clean air initiative called ‘Otrivin Pollution Capture Pencils’.

The project collects pollution by-products and uses them to make (certified non-toxic) pencils for underprivileged children in Bengaluru, India.

The initiative is driven by the fact that 98% of children in India breathe toxic air, according to research by the World Health Organisation (WHO), not only outdoors, but also in their classrooms - where children spend up to 8 hours a day.

Developed in collaboration with Wunderman Thompson India and Wunderman Thompson Singapore as part of WPP Team GSK/Haleon for the Otrivin Actions to Breathe Cleaner programme, the project has focused on Bengaluru - where inhabitants breathe air that is considerably more polluted than WHO guidelines - and started in three low-income schools in the industrial areas of Peenya, Hegganahalli and Mallasandra, areas with the poorest air quality.

For this initial phase of the project, twenty-two air purifiers, with the ability to wipe out up to 74% air borne pollutants, were installed both inside and outside the school buildings to improve air quality for over 1,500 young students. 

Over two months, the purifiers – which use soot cleaning technology developed by Indian innovation company Panjurli Labs headed up by CEO Ashik SV - cleaned over two billion cubic feet of toxic air.  

The resulting pollution residue was gathered and mixed with graphite to create the core of 10,000 custom-designed pencils. Certified non-toxic, Otrivin’s Pollution Capture Pencils were distributed to students, and will also act as fundraising tools for the installation of more air purifiers in local schools – thereby creating a self-sustaining ecosystem for change. 

Farhad Nadeem, Global Marketing and Digital Director, Otrivin, said, “We at Haleon and our creative partners are led by our purpose – to help people breathe cleaner. The Otrivin Actions To Breathe Cleaner initiative is built on the premise that no action is too small when it comes to reducing our exposure to air pollution. The Otrivin ‘Pollution Capture Pencils’ pilot in India is one such action that attempts to convert air pollution into positivity. We hope that this initiative, while not solving India’s pollution challenge, inspires people to take simple actions to make the world a better place to live in and breathe.”

The collaboration is supported by a launch campaign developed by Wunderman Thompson Singapore, working in conjunction with a wider team at WPP including Wunderman Thompson India and Grey London. The film was produced by Tandem Media Labs with director Shamik Sen Gupta.

Wunderman Thompson Singapore’s Creative Director, Aarti Nichlani said, “Air pollution is not going away in a hurry. Meanwhile, it’s the poorest children who bear the greatest burden. An innovation like Pollution Capture Pencils helps make a change at a time when children need it most… today.”

Wunderman Thompson Singapore’s Chief Creative Officer, Mateusz Mroszczak said, “The biggest reward for any creative agency is to deliver an idea that works both for the client and the greater good. An opportunity like this doesn’t come by often. We’re really proud to have partnered with Otrivin to take a small, but meaningful step to help bring cleaner air to India’s children.” 

Matching the innovative technology of the air purifiers, the design and packaging of the Otrivin Pollution Capture Pencils is equally imaginative, featuring artwork created by Indian multidisciplinary artist Gautam Dutta. Dutta has drawn on his background in graphic design, infographics and illustration to produce three designs which represent the three schools involved in the project. Each design has many small details, specific to each school, to fully capture the children’s imagination.

Gautam Dutta said, "Before I started designing, I went to visit the schools to research and draw inspiration. I was deeply moved by the adversity that these children go through whilst trying to study and shape their future. Despite this, the children have some of the biggest smiles I've ever seen! With my illustrations I not only tried to capture the essence of positivity and resilience of the children - but also hope for a brighter future where they can breathe in cleaner air.”


Agency Creative – Wunderman Thompson Global

Bas Korsten, Global Chief Creative Officer, Wunderman Thompson

Daniel Bonner, Global Chief Creative Officer, Wunderman Thompson

Agency Creative – Wunderman Thompson Singapore

Mateusz Mroszczak, Chief Creative Officer, Wunderman Thompson

Jon Loke, Executive Creative Director, Wunderman Thompson

Aarti Nichlani, Creative Director, Wunderman Thompson

Tulika Shanker, Associate Creative Director, Wunderman Thompson

Nuttawee Pisanprechatam, Art Director, Wunderman Thompson

Agency Account Management – Grey London

Hanna Essinger, Global Account Director, WPP/ Grey London

Agency Project Manager – Grey London

Lisa O’Brien, Senior Project Manager

Agency Account Management – Wunderman Thompson Singapore

Jaimesha Patel, Managing Partner, Client Services

Agency Account Management – Wunderman Thompson Delhi, India

Bhavana Dogra, VP and Executive Business Director, Wunderman Thompson

Rahul Singh, AVP and CSD, Wunderman Thompson

Arjun Bhutani, Brand Manager

Agency Production – Wunderman Thompson Singapore

Kimie Ong, Executive Producer 

Clients: Otrivin 

Farhad Nadeem, Global Marketing and Digital Director, Nasal Health/OTC

Ahsan Malik, Global Marketing Manager 


Gautam Dutta, Illustrator

Production House: Tandem Media (India)

Director: Shamik Sen Gupta

Producer: Danny V Lobo 

DOP: Yashveer Singh - Yogi 

2nd Unit DOP: Nishi Dugar

Project Manager: Santosh Gowda  

Editor: Abhilesh Shivalkar 

Animation Director: Spectrum Studios

VFX Director: Mukesh Sinha

Colourist: Swapnil Patole 

Audio Production:

Composer: Rohit Chaturvedi 

Music Producers:  Rohit Chaturvedi and Sanoli Chowdhury 

Mix and Sound Design: Sanoli Chowdhury 

VO: Archita Trisal 


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