There is a lot of talk about going green. Sustainability has been a buzzword for a while, and living an environment-friendly life is the need of the hour. Simply put, opting for a sustainable lifestyle reduces your carbon footprint and contributes towards protecting our planet.
Here are a couple of our social entrepreneurs who offer innovative ways to go a little greener this year.
1. Reuse plastic waste fashionably with Aarohana
Right from our roads to rivers, there is an ever-growing heap of dumped plastic waste owing to the rampant industrialisation and commercialisation.
Aarohana Ecosocial Developments is a social enterprise that has been set up to conserve and nurture our natural surroundings and rich culture & heritage. Founded by Amita Deshpande and Nandan Bhat in August 2015, Aarohana upcycles waste plastic into beautiful handcrafted fabric, using a traditional charkha and handloom. They use this fabric to produce fashionable consumer products such as handbags, accessories, home decor, and office utilities. Apart from reducing plastic waste, they provide livelihood opportunities to the tribal women and youth in Dadra Nagar Haveli and Maharashtra. Till date, they have been able to provide livelihood opportunities to more than 24 people.
Take your first step towards an eco-friendly lifestyle by browsing & placing an order for their products here
2. Get new & natural everyday necessities from EcoSoul
Sustainable living isn’t just about the natural environment; it is about the human quality of life as well. A number of household items such as detergents, soaps, and other cleaning paraphernalia contain chemicals that have long-term effects. Besides being harmful to us, these products pollute the environment and have detrimental effects on living organisms or flora and fauna of our ecosystem. Surfactants, phosphates, parabens, acids, thiazolidones and many such chemicals are potent cancer-causing agents, hormone disrupters, metabolism inhibitors, allergens and so on.
Sushama and Saniya Bhalerao wished to design toxin-free solutions for people in order to live more sustainable lives. They founded EcoSoul – a social enterprise that offers a range of natural, environmentally friendly cleaning items that are handmade with love. These products not only help in reducing water pollution, but also empower women from low socio-economic backgrounds from Pune. These women are trained and equipped with the skills to handcraft these products.
Gift yourself a hamper of goodies today by browsing & placing an order for their products here
3. Grow your own food with Edible Routes
Whether it’s a large empty terrace, a small backyard or a shoe-box sized balcony, Edible Routes can help you start your own homegrown produce, one gamla at a time. Even just a few pot plants of herbs, tomatoes and other small plants are enough to make a difference.
For small-scale kitchen gardens in the city, they provide turnkey services. They help you design, build, and manage your home vegetable garden, and provide you everything you need to do so: containers, weed mats, drain trays, potting mix, seeds, khaad, and organic pest-control solutions. They also provide maintenance and supervision visits as part of the project to kick-start your garden. Post-setup, they provide you with all the knowledge and products you need to maintain it by yourself: planting calendars, regular to-do lists, information about fertilising schedules, and watering-cans, neem khali – all of it!
Start cooking some delicious recipes with your own grown veggies. You can write to them email@example.com or call 9811071751