In the early months of the lockdown, while people adjusted to staying indoors almost 24×7, staying connected to their family and friends via the internet, one thing changed for the better and that was the environment. We suddenly saw cleaner skies, the air became pollution free and the trees looked greener. All this has been changing since the lockdown ended and everything opened up, but there are some entrepreneurs who are trying to make the Earth a better place to live by their innovative methods. Here’s a look at some of the eco-warriors and what they are doing.
The story of Chuk
Chuk was launched in 2017 by Ved Krishna in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh. Krishna wanted to reduce garbage, replace plastics with non-toxic alternatives. The company makes tableware made from agri-residue which was earlier burned. Chuk uses sugarcane fibre called bagasse to make their disposable plates, bowls and boxes which are easily compostable. The company’s customers include the Indian Railways, Amazon, Haldiram, Lite Bite Foods and Starbucks to name a few. Want a starry touch? The company supplied 75,000 units of its products for the wedding reception of Ranvir Singh and Deepika Padukone in Bangalore a couple of years ago. (Pic: Chuk/Facebook)
Buy one product, plant five trees
Clan Earth calls itself an Earth first company and its co-founders Broteen Biswas and Priyanka Mandal want to plant one million trees by 2030. They make eco-sustainable backpacks that have no plastic elements in it. The company uses Waxed Cotton Canvas which is a natural vegan fabric which is woven in a way to make it extremely durable and sturdy. For each product sold, Clan Earth plants five trees. You can choose from purses, wallets, backpacks, coconut candles and their Zero Waste Kit which contains 14 things including bamboo toothbrush and plantable cover notebook. (Pic: Clan Earth/Facebook)
Making carbon tiles from polluted air
Carbon Craft design is a Mumbai based company founded in 2016 by Tejas Sidnal. It has a team of architects and engineers who want to make construction more sustainable. The company says that products are made by ‘upcycling’ air pollution. Carbon Craft Design extracts black carbon from polluted air and upcycles it into carbon tiles. They have developed building material made with air pollution. Every carbon tile is handcrafted from the start. The captured pollution is processed to remove harmful heavy metal impurities, and fused with a mixture of cement and natural materials. The whole process consumes the least amount of energy compared to the conventional tiles, the company claims. (Pic: Carbon Craft design)
Udit Sood and Nikita Barmecha co-founded EcoRight in 2017 in Ahmedabad. The company makes eco-friendly bags, totes and now masks from recycled cotton and Juton (jute+cotton) which are better for the environment. They even have special sections for kids which have Disney and Marvel characters on their bags, backpacks and laptop sleeves. All EcoRight products are made from fabrics that are durable and in ethically-audited manufacturing facilities. EcoRight has 18 product lines and are available on 11 websites across the world. EcoRight has tied up with Norquest Brands Ethically audited to SEDEX 4 pillar standards. This means that the facilities follow all social, environmental, legal and ethical norms. And the cherry on top, 90% of their workforce is women. (Pic: EcoRight/Facebook)
Making eco-friendly garments for women
MINC or Mini Couture was founded by Mini and Kochery C Shibu in 2007. The company makes eco-friendly garments using natural dyes, organic cotton and ahimsa silk. It also promotes the use of Khadi and makes accessories, formal and informal wear for women.