A Green Gift
What criteria do you keep in mind while gifting to someone near and dear.
Americans throw away 25% more trash between Thanksgiving and New Year’s than at any other time of year. The extra waste creates about 25 million tons of garbage, which is 1 million extra tons per week!
Did you ever think that your gift should be gentle to the planet, or did the thought of an eco-friendly gift ever cross your mind?
If yes, here are some considerations for an eco-friendly gift-
- Succulent plant- Best gift to add positive vibes in the life of your loved ones! These little plantlets are low- maintenance, durable and super aesthetic.
- Canvas tote bag - Gift intricate and eco-conscious canvas bags which the receiver could carry with pride to shop or maybe to his yoga classes.
- Coconut crockery- Sounds interesting! Gift 100% organic and reusable coconut bowls and spoons for kitchen use.
- Recycled paper stationary- How about some pencils made from recycled newspapers, in which no trees are harmed for their manufacturing.
- Seed paper coasters - Reduce ecological footprint with eco-friendly coasters made from plantable seed paper. After the event, just rip them and sow to see beautiful flowers blooming.
Refer to our latest blog on eco-packaging for some creative ideas to pack your gifts.
So before you click the “buy” button, use your creative mind and think about the gifts which your loved ones can use multiple times.
Happy green gifting!!
With the emergence of e-commerce, consumers worldwide get products ranging from groceries to electronic gadgets delivered at their doorstep, and the sales of this sort are ever-increasing. Thereby it poses a massive demand for packaging material. With a gulp in my throat, I quote that "55% of the packaging material used is plastic."Moreover, due to the usage of labels, tags, and tapes, the situation worsens as they make recycling tougher.
We are drowning in a sea of packaging waste, and the time to reach back to the bank is now like sand slipping from the fist. Around 43% of manufactured plastic in India is used for packaging purposes and is mostly single-use plastic. Not only apparel or gadgets but even food packaging accounts for a large part of this figure. Such packaging harms the environment and is also injurious to health.
Moreover, gift wrapping papers pose an added threat to the environment.
What alternatives do we have?
Set up a zero-waste packaging goal and work towards it.
Use recycled paper envelopes or corrugated shipping boxes.
Ditch internal plastic packaging and use glassine or wax bags that are 100% biodegradable.
Use thermal labels or recycled shipping labels.
Many revolutions have already taken place-
A reputed company called Loop is working on the old milkman’s model where they use recyclable packaging. Once the customer has used the contents, he/she can return the packaging material instead of throwing it away, and the company cleans it and reuses it.
Amazon’s Frustration-Free Packaging(FFP) is a program designed to eliminate excess packaging or "box within a box"shipments.
Getting alcohol in a tetra pack or getting logos on a packing box printed with soy ink or plantable packaging which once sown can germinate into flowers or edible packaging made of Kombucha is no wonder today and is being devised in many parts of the world. Still, it is all about awareness, knowing the consequences of plastic, and making wiser choices to release the mother earth from the trap of plastic.
When can Indian Cities work towards a Greener Planet?
Mumbai, one of the metropolitan cities of India also shares the title of being one of the most congested cities. Not a long time ago, a news report stated that Mumbai is the third most polluted cities among the ten international cities in the world. With this growing population, congestion in traffic has also increased as people prefer to use their personal transportation for commutation.
Studies have shown that one of the major sources of air pollution are transport and traffic and are responsible for approximately one quarter of the particulate matter present in the air we breathe. Recent data reveals that inhaling polluted air causes approximately 4.5 million premature deaths in a year whilst afflicting many more.
A few years ago 12 major cities from around the world, belonging to the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group signed the Fossil-fuel-free-street Declaration , with an agenda to make the major areas free of fossil fuel by the time we reach 2030. The mayors of these 12 cities pledged that they would promote activities like walking, cycling, and the use of public transport for commutation under the declaration.
We definitely acknowledge the fact that six of the 12 metropolitan cities of India are a part of this group dedicated towards bringing global change, but why haven’t the esteemed mayors of these respected cities done anything significant yet,about the global environmental concern that we are facing?
In order to seriously combat climate change the mayors, Kishori Pednekar (Mumbai), Mira Aggarwal (New Delhi), Vishnu Laata (Jaipur), Firhad Hakim (Kolkata), and Saidai Duraisamy (Chennai) of the cities that are a part of the C40 group, need to concede that with the ongoing climate change, all of us are heading towards an eternal damnation. This is the time for them to come up with tougher environmental solutions. Afterall the citizens deserve to reside in a greener and healthier city!
Organic Products- Is It Worth The Expense?
According to a survey, about 42 percent of respondents were willing to spend up to 25 per cent more than conventionally-grown food products to buy organic food. A switch to organic food is likely to cost an additional Rs 1,200–1,500 per month for a family, according to a recent ASSOCHAM-EY joint study.
Few questions we need to ask ourselves before getting attracted towards the green pamphlets and sales pitches of the fancy grocery store runners-
How much difference does this product make to my health?
Are the claims of the seller true regarding it’s nutritional value?
How much difference does it make to my grocery bills?
Does organic mean “ no GM( genetically modified) varieties?
Once a person finds persuading answers to the above questions, only then he/she shall choose the organic products over others.
Why are organic products costlier than conventional ones?
Organic produce tends to cost more than its conventional equivalent because organic farming is more labour-intensive due to fewer pesticides used. Moreover, due to non-usage of preservatives, the shelf life of organic products is less, and they are produced in limited quantities.
Organic products have many benefits. They are rich in nutrients. Moreover, organic produce is 30% less likely to be contaminated by synthetic pesticides than conventionally grown produce but ensure that these benefits reach you, and you are not cheated by catchy and attractive advertisements by portraying fresh farms and orchards.
Think and ask, is it worth your money?
Understanding the concept of Sustainable fashion
Amidst this increasing climate change, one thing that we all can agree upon is that we are in need of industries that advocate sustainability. The United Nations Environment Programme, in a study has found that the entire process of production for a pair of jeans requires more than 3.5 litres of water. This is equal to emitting approximately 33.4 kilograms of carbon equivalent.
The fashion industry constitutes the world’s third largest manufacturing sector after the automobile and technological industry. Hence there is a growing need for realignment of their business models and production processes towards improved sustainability.
While there is no clear definition as to what is sustainable fashion, one can believe that it refers to those clothes, and textiles that are manufactured, distributed, and used in an environmentally conscious manner. Ensuring that the natural resources are used efficiently and carefully, making use of renewable energy resources at every stage, and maximizing repair, remake, reuse, and recycling of the product and its components, are some major ways in which the fashion industry can be made sustainable.
The global consumption of apparel is expected to rise from 62 million metric tons in 2019 to 102 million tons in the upcoming 10 years. Surely the major responsibility of the fashion industries lies in making their production and distribution process eco friendly in nature, but they also have the possibilities towards encouraging their consumers in engaging in more sustainable consumption patterns. Some strategies for these could include renting or leasing clothes and other accessories, creating fashion of lasting style and durability, supporting textile recycling, and manufacturing clothes with those textiles that are environmentally certified.
Around 87% of the total fibre input used in fashion industries is either incinerated or disposed off in a landfill. With such disturbing stats, green canvas products require minimal usage of water in their production and none of our materials disposed of in the landfills in order to gain tax subsidies. Via this, we are committed towards reducing our carbon footprints and encourage our customers to do so as well.
Celebrate Diwali: the eco-friendly way!!
Not burning crackers on Diwali is an appreciable practice but it still doesn’t make up an eco-friendly Diwali in its real sense.
It is hard to digest that tonnes of paper is used to wrap Diwali gifts, synthetic colours from an aesthetic rangoli when washed away lead to water pollution and fairy lights which are used to adorn the houses are a big threat to the environment.
How to make a difference?
Say nay to crackers because “around 2.5 per cent of annual pollution in Delhi-National Capital Region is due to use of crackers for a few days during the festive season.” says a report.
Adorn your house with clay diyas instead of candles or fairy lights. Use of LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes)is also suggested. They use at least 80 percent lesser energy than the regular ones and also come in various hues.
Make rangoli from flower petals or natural colours rather than synthetic dyes. Also, pulses and flour can be used to make rangoli and then it could be fed to the birds. Making traditional rangolis like Alpana or Kolam is the most eco-friendly way of adorning.
Notch your crockery! This Diwali, avoid buying expensive pottery instead serve dinner on banana leaves. Not only will your guests appreciate your creative knack, but also it is the healthiest and most eco-friendly way to serve meals.
It is high time to recognise the plight and prepare a roadway by which we can give rise to a healthy and environmentally balanced world.
Enjoy the festive season but not at the cost of deteriorating the environment.
Happy eco-friendly Diwali!!
Weekly Plastic Ingestion of Humans
The menace of plastic pollution has been on a steady rise for decades. Supporting this statement, a study conducted by Australia’s University of Newcastle, and commissioned by WWF International has said that us humans might be consuming five grams of plastic each week. That’s the same amount of plastic that goes into making a credit card.
Shockingly enough, the study states that most of our plastic ingestion can be attributed to drinking water, whilst the second major source is the consumption of shellfish. As it is ingested wholly, the plastic that is there inside the digestive system of the shellfish also gets eaten up by the humans.
On a weekly basis, mankind is capable of ingesting over 1700 particles of plastic from drinking water alone.
It is distressing to know that since the year 2000, the world has created plastic worth of all the previous years combined. A third of this plastic is released into Mother Nature.
What will happen if humans consume such large quantities of plastic every week is still unknown, but one can guess that the answer isn’t going to be bright and rosy.
Plastic pollution has latched onto all of us in a way that now it is inside of us. It has now become a major global issue that demands the urgency of everyone’s attention. Incorporating items like bags that are cent percent eco-friendly could definitely count as a small yet significant step towards our combined fight against plastic.
Stubble Burning: Regional malpractice with global impact
"Haryana burnt its thickest bundle of straw this year." said the reports. Forest fires, pollution, loss of soil nutrients are among the many harmful effects of stubble burning.
On December 10, 2015, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) had banned crop residue burning in the states of Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, and Punjab. But according to an estimate, 20 million tonnes of rice stubble is produced every year in Punjab alone, 80 per cent of which is burnt. A study estimates that crop residue burning releases 149.24 million tonnes of carbon dioxide and 9 million tonnes of carbon monoxide. These contribute to environmental pollution, smog, and melting of glaciers. Apart from this, stubble burning leads to the loss of friendly pests present in the soil’s top layer as the heat from the burning paddy can penetrate 1 cm into the soil. Moreover, health problems caused by it cannot be ignored. According to a report released by the Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bengaluru, people in rural Punjab spend Rs7.6 crores every year on treatment for ailments caused by stubble burning. What can be done but isn’t being?
What can be done but isn’t being?
In 2014, the Union government released the National Policy for Management of Crop Residue, which tells the alternative ways to deal and decompose the farm straw.
Peasants can also use-
Happy Seeder- used to sow crops in standing stubble.
Rotavators- used for land preparation and incorporation of crop stubble in soil.
Zero Till Seed Drill- used for land preparation by directly sowing seeds in the previous crop stubble.
Paddy Straw Chopper- used for cutting paddy stubble for easy mixing into the soil.
And many more such machines and ways are available but why they aren’t used widely?
Maybe because of the lack of subsidies or knowledge or just because of resistance to a change.
Should we, the city dwellers, be worried about this? Yes, because this rural malpractice has global implications.
5 Eco-friendly hacks to Live a Sustainable Lifestyle
Sustainable Lifestyle has been the “it word” these days with everyone trying to promote or make a move to Sustainable living. For some people, it is still a Jargon that they find hard to decode let alone adapt. To debunk this myth built around Sustainability, we would be listing 5 Eco-friendly hacks for a Sustainable living that are easy to follow without compromising on your lifestyle!
To begin with, Sustainable Lifestyle is a way of living that promotes reducing one’s carbon footprint on the Earth, i.e. minimizing the burden on natural resources. This can be done by adapting more Eco-friendly alternative ways that serve the purpose without exploiting natural resources.
People of late, assume Sustainable Living to be tedious that can make their current life, lesser productive. But in reality, a Sustainable lifestyle brings oneself closer to nature, without compromising on the quality of life.
As a beginner, if you are enthusiastic about the idea of Sustainable Living but don’t know how to begin with, here are 5 easy hacks that can make your current lifestyle more sustainable:
Carry your own steel straw, fork, and spoon to avoid using plastic disposable ones when you eat out.
Plastic disposable cutlery is one of the major contributors to plastic waste. While most people use disposable cutlery during takeaways and dine outs, they can carry their own cutlery kit to avoid the plastic waste.
This can help you reduce waste, by Reusing the stainless steel washable cutlery.
Take cloth bags when going for grocery to cut down plastic waste
Cloth bags are sturdy, and trendy at the same time. Beautiful cloth bags not only add up to your overall style and accessorize the look, but also serves utility in the best possible way. These bags are multi-functional and can be carried for grocery shopping, because of their durable nature.
Turn off the lights when not in use to save electricity
Producing electricity consumes a lot of non-renewable resources, especially when it is produced at the Thermal power plants. While renewable green energy systems like Solar Plants, Wind Energy Plants, and Hydroelectricity Plants are fairly less in number, we can contribute by saving electricity.
Because the less we consume, the more we can reduce our carbon footprint on the earth and promote sustainability. Thus, it is always a good idea to switch off the lights, and appliances when not in use and save electricity.
Using your own steel tiffin boxes to get takeaways, avoiding the disposable packaging
While grabbing a quick takeaway lunch, we often oversee the disposable packaging that comes with it. Try carrying a steel lunch box for takeaways, and cut down the waste generated from the packaging of your food.
These steel lunch boxes are sturdy and easily washable, which makes them environmentally friendly and sustainable.
Buy vegetables from the local farmers market for fresh package free vegetables
Buying vegetables from the nearby farmer’s market, not only guarantees you the fresh veggies and fruits straight out of the farms but would also cut down the extra packaging that the supermarkets put on the vegetables.
Eating fresh without any disposable waste is a simple step toward sustainability.
Green Cover Increasing In India- factual or hallucination?
Should we measure a country’s success -by its GDP or it’s international relations index, or it’s happiness index, or should we consider it’s green index? Did it ever bother you? Do you know the number of trees in your neighbourhood, city, and state?
Is Van Mahotsav or other tree plantation drives done by politicians, just about getting the pictures clicked for social media?
Let’s dig into the definition of forest cover first. According to the definition given by Forest Survey of India “all patches of land, with a tree canopy density of more than 10% and more than one hectare in area, irrespective of land-use, ownership, and species of trees.” Is that enough? It is similar to defining a literate person as “one who can read and write his/her name.”
According to the 2019 report, the country’s total forest cover is 712,249 square kilometres which is 21.6% for its total geographical area. A rise of only 0.13% is seen from 2017. With this rate of increase, the target of achieving 33% cover by 2030 is a distant thought.
These numbers from the report help India stand 10th in the world in terms of forest area, but few realties are not superficial and are camouflaged by attractive numerals.
The reports fall short of a few points :
A massive amount of forest land is diverted to non- forest use.
Poor implementation of the Forest Rights Act 2006, which protects the rights of tribal communities and forest dwellers over the forest resources.
Going by the definition, even an orchard or a small plantation comes under ‘forest’, which is not true.
Data analyse trends at the global level; the country-specific context stays missing and is not focused upon.
Compensatory afforestation, which is asked to be done by industrialists, is a flawed concept according to the experts as it interferes with the local area’s biodiversity.
So, in a nutshell, what we see is just the tip of the iceberg. But the situation is never so bad that it could not be tackled. So rather than mulling over the reducing forest cover, we should come up with community action.
Always remember that we are the custodians of our planet, and we need to pass a green planet to future generations. Wouldn’t you agree?
The curious case of sustainable brands
What exactly does a sustainable brand stand for?
Everybody loves fashion. And that’s a fact. In the FY 2018, Indians spent ₹5,408 billion on buying clothes, a hike from the ₹1,924 billion they spent in 2010.
However, you can love fashion and be eco-friendly. And how do we do so? By purchasing our clothing from a sustainable brand.
A sustainable brand has several criteria, which makes it different from fast fashion brands. It includes :
Paying fair wages to farmers, weavers, and artisans.
Promoting indigenous handwork like mirror work, block-printing, etc.
Encouraging handmade or woven products rather than adopting machines at the greatest level.
Do not indulge in child labor or exploitation.
Using handmade textiles or homegrown fabrics like khadi.
The literal reason which makes them a ‘sustainable’ brand is that they use upcycled materials or waste like plastic bottles, discarded clothes, cosmetics containers, and scraps to create new products or clothing.
Using natural dyes extracted from petals, barks, and leaves.
These brands primarily use sustainable fabrics for their products. These fabrics include organic cotton, organic hemp, sheep wool, camel wool, cashmere, yak wool, silk, and recycled leather.
So, at an individual level, should adopt sustainable clothing to the greatest extent we can. Mind you, it is almost impossible to eliminate fast fashion from our lives, but we can do our bit to incorporate sustainable clothing.
And how do we do so? With budding eco-friendly, sustainable fashion labels of India.
1. Mio Borsa
2. No Nasties
3. Ba No Batwo
4. Nicobar by Good Earth
5. Doodlage by Kriti Tula
8. Paromita Banerjee
10. House of Wandering Silk
These brands, at their individual levels, are doing their bit to make India more sustainable. Let’s do our bit to support sustainable products in our daily use.
Top 5 eco-friendly countries and why Denmark tops the index
We millennials have our priorities fixed. And these priorities may be a bit different from the previous generations. This generations' priorities include low debt, a career they want to pursue, a balanced personal and professional life, environmental conciseness, and travel. Yes, travel.
This generation has a greater urge to travel the globe. To learn more and experience more with the help of travel. These people might shift their base completely due to their experience and learning in a said country or city. But one of the primary criteria to select a location is their eco-friendly or sustainability factor. After all, who wouldn't want clean air, clear water, greenery, and ecological diversity?
The EPI organizes 32 indicators into 11 issue categories and two policy objectives.
The following countries (with score) top Environmental index:
Overall, region-wise, Southern Asia performed the worst with an average of 32.72.
But how did Denmark top the rankings? What policies or laws do they follow, which are different from other countries?
When it comes to climate change action, Denmark leads the world and has reduced CO2 emissions by more than half since 1996. Its capital city Copenhagen cut emissions by investing in wind energy and biomass. Their expansion of bike lanes has had a major impact, so much that now there are more cycles than cars on the streets.
The city aims at becoming the world's first carbon-neutral capital by 2025. The country sourced 47% of its electricity from wind power in 2019. It also plans to at least triple its offshore wind capacity by 2030.
"The legislation requires the government to set binding emission targets for each sector of the economy every five years and could serve as a model pathway for other developed nations" Extract from Climate Chapter in EPI report.
Denmark's proactive actions and policies are the primary reason why they have topped in 2020 ranking. The country has been in the top 5 for the past 2 rankings (the report is published every two years). It has made remarkable progress, from ranking #13 in 2014 and #21 in 2012.
The rise of Vegan culture
A beginner’s quick guide to Veganism
The Vegan culture has been on the rise in the West. And is slowly becoming a mainstream way of living.
Our Indian culture has always respected and valued animals. Sometimes maybe too much. But it is a deep-rooted fact that we don’t consume meat. At least traditionally. This is, in fact, the biggest myth when it comes to Indian consumption habits. It is a myth that India is, in fact, a ‘vegetarian’ country.
According to a BBC article, based on ‘non-serious’ estimates, it is concluded that about more than a third of Indians ate vegetarian. Based on 3 large-scale government surveys, about 23%-37% of Indians are vegetarians.
However, based on research by American anthropologist Balmuri Natrajan and Indian economist Suraj Jacob, Indians under-report non-vegetarian habits-particularly beef, and over report vegetarian consumption, all due to ‘cultural and political pressures.’
But today’s generation is active participants on several issues, unlike our previous generations. We are inclined on making healthy life choices keeping in mind our environment. And that is why Veganism is making the table rounds.
What is Veganism or being Vegan? Veganism refers to a lifestyle choice which attempts to exclude all forms of animal exploitation or cruelty from their lifestyle.
The vegan concept’s core virtue is that it enables, through the tiniest efforts, the prevention of vast amounts of animal suffering and environmental degradation.
Why are people turning Vegan? There are several reasons as to why an individual makes an active choice of shifting to veganism. One of the major reasons is ethics. Ethical vegans believe that every creature has the right to freedom and life. They also oppose the psychological and physical stress these animals undergo for food production. They do not wish to part take in such consumption or clothing simply because there are alternatives.
What do they eat? Nuts and seeds, fruits, vegetables, bread, pasta, rice, tofu, beans, and lentils.
What do they avoid? Red meat, fish, eggs, dairy products, poultry, mayonnaise, shellfish, and honey.
Some of the vegan products that are steadily growing are- vegan yogurt, vegan cheese, and vegan ice cream.
Other reasons for adopting veganism are health and environmental factors. Vegan products are also used for their potential health effects. It can reduce the risk of heart diseases, type 2 diabetes, cancer, and premature death.
About 18% of greenhouse gas emissions are caused by farming livestock. With a vegan dominant lifestyle, there could be a 70% decrease in food-related CO2 emissions.
Being an Indian vegetarian makes it slightly easy to convert to veganism. The only catch is that you have to let go of your dairy products and switch to soy or almond milk.
But being an Indian non-vegetarian consumer does not make the transition easy to veganism. After all, we all love our butter chickens.
However, it is needed, to make our lifestyles eco-friendly. Be it in eating habits, clothing habits, accessory habits, or travel habits.
Make active choices for a healthy and better future. Let go of fast fashion and switch to eco-friendly clothing, ensure you do not partake in animal exploitation in tourism and travel, ditch plastic bags, and switch to 100% cotton totes.
To conclude, it can be predicted that veganism will be a dominant culture in the coming years and generations.
Why fast fashion is harmful for you and our planet?
Fast Fashion refers to a business model that uses cheap material and labor to produce clothing at lightning speed. This form of fashion is primarily for affordable, trendy clothing that needs to be made available quickly. Fast fashion brands include global brands like H&M, Nike, Zara, Victoria’s Secret, Mango, and hundreds of other medium-sized brands.
How to identify fast fashion brands?
Is that brand quick to release clothes seen off catwalks or celebrities? They do not pay their workers well? Are you always in a frenzy to buy these trendy clothes due to limited availability? These clothes aren’t long-lasting? If yes, then it’s time to make a list of brands to avoid.
Why is fast fashion bad for the environment?
The fashion industry is the 2nd most polluting industry on Earth, behind oil. This rapidly growing industry produces about $1 billion of garments annually. And about 85% of them get dumped in landfills, burnt annually.
A population of 40 million work in the garment industry today. They are subjected to exploitation, including mental and physical pressures from long working hours. The leader in fast fashion manufacturing is Bangladesh, which accounts for 80% of the world’s garment and textile businesses.
These environmental and social implications tell a lot about what kind of living we are used to. Where exploitation is common, and clothes are everything. It’s high time we make conscious choices about our lifestyle.
Mind you; we are not asking you to ditch fast fashion altogether (and frankly, no one would too); what we ask you to do is try limiting your fast fashion purchases. And think of actively switching to eco-friendly clothing.
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House plants that are natural air purifiers
Who doesn't want to inhale pure air and stay away from dust and pathogens?
Surprised how to do it naturally? Did you know some plants have air-purifying qualities besides providing aesthetic appeal?
Here is a list and some details about indoor plants with unbelievable healing properties, and these are scientifically proven.
Peace Lily - Also known as a spathiphyllum, is an undemanding plant to look after yet can absorb harmful elements like carbon monoxide and benzene. Earmark a corner of your house for them to grow!
Spider Plant - The spider plant is considered among the easiest air-purifying plants to grow. Growing spider plants at home or office help keep diseases like cold, sore throat away, and increase concentration and productivity. Pot one today!
Areca Palm - One of the best tropical foliage plants for larger spaces. According to the NASA Clean Air Study, Areca Palm can reduce indoor pollution, increase air humidity preventing itchy throat and dry eyes, and induce sound sleep. Make it a focal point of your lobby!
English Ivy - NASA Clean Air Study claims that it is the number one indoor houseplant of its air-purifying plants' list. Plant more Ivys, let them propagate, and inhale the cleanest air without any expensive mechanical purifier!
Anthurium or Flamingo Lily - Enter a hotel lobby and you can see a huge bunch of red flowers which look artificial but are one of God's creation. Along with giving an aesthetic appeal and freshness, they work towards purifying the air you breathe by removing toxins like Ammonia and Xylene. Plant one at a humid place in your house.
So pot these humble plants which not only give a touch of colour but work harder to clean the air you breathe. Gift yourself a fresh breath of clean air today!
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Transforming lives: One woman at a time with Raah Foundation
India is reaching new heights with its growing economy, but at the same time, the gap between the rich and the poor is getting wider. We have been pained to see how a significant section of our society still strives hard to earn a decent income and run their households.
Having moved by their daily struggle, we at Green Canvas have decided to work in this direction and do our bit to support the financial growth of the underprivileged through the Raah Foundation.
With our humble initiative of supporting Project Manini at Raah Foundation we vision to raise the financial and social standing of the women from underprivileged backgrounds. Project Manini aims to promote the financial independence of women, by helping them earn with dignity through skills like stitching, embroidery, etc. And we help them land the opportunity in the form of stitching the Green Canvas Bags!
These women stand a fair chance of contributing to running their households. This not only decreases their financial burden but also boosts their self-confidence when they start feeling self-worth and an elevated stature in the family and social circles.
The lives of these women are transformed in many ways, as they build a community of like-minded women who become their peers in the journey towards growth. Green Canvas, not only advocates for environmental sustainability but also practices initiative to support social sustainability, helping one woman at a time.
Be a part of this Social Reform and give an opportunity of dignified earning to underprivileged women at Raah Foundation by supporting Green Canvas and promoting our cause!
Check out our Environmental Friendly and Uber Trendy Tote bags now!
About Raah Foundation:
Raah Foundation is a registered NGO, based in Mumbai, working on various projects targeted at social and financial upliftment of the under-privileged. These projects have different focus areas like education, skill-training, generating employment and a lot more.
It is a young, dynamic, and professionally run for purpose organisation registered with the charities commissioner of India in 2011.With a focussed and integrated approach to tribal development in Jawhar and Mokhada blocks of Palghar district of Maharashtra, Raah Foundation takes a cluster approach to drive the change and the thrust areas are water security, agriculture, livelihoods, health and hygiene and revival of traditional Warli art. Raah also provides income generation opportunities through ups killing programs to marginalised communities from urban slums!
To check out their initiatives and know more about Raah Foundation visit www.raahfoundation.org
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The future of Bags
Life with plastic is not fantastic, and we all know that very well. With plastic shopping bags getting banned worldwide, the good old canvas shopping bags are coming back bigger, better, and bolder.
Reusable shopping bags are all the rage today and are quickly replacing plastic shopping bags in many homes and stores. Among the types popularly available, canvas tote bags are more common and widely preferred over others.
What is the material known as canvas made from?
Many people mistakenly think that "canvas" refers to the material it consists of. Actually, "canvas" refers to the fabric's weave, not its material content. It is plain-woven, a very basic weave that produces a sturdy and robust fabric. Furthermore, the canvas can be made into different varieties depending on how tightly the threads are woven together. Tighter weaves are referred to as "duck canvas."
By using a canvas bag, you are helping nature in its healing process.
Since canvas is made from natural materials, it is considered to be environment- friendly. Cotton, flax, and hemp plants are all renewable resources that can be grown quickly without harming the environment. Plus, one reusable bag is estimated to be equal to 700 plastic bags when used regularly.
Canvas bags are no more boring.
Here at Green Canvas, We produce and design canvas bags for all kinds of usage, style, and lifestyle. They are durable, stylish, strong, impactful, and, most importantly, we customise your bags as per your design and requirements.
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Happy customer diaries
Recently when Green Canvas was taking baby steps, we received a bulk order from Mrs. Geeta Subramaniam from New Jersey, U.S.A for her son's wedding. Producing such a huge number of bags in the initial days with limited human capital and constrained supply of material was far from a cakewalk.
"" Where should we begin?" was the very first question which came to our mind. The team worked relentlessly on the design optimisation to bring out something memorable for the wedding guests. The bags were to be packed with wedding favours and presented to 80 family members and guests. A unique 'his and her' design was chosen, representing both families with Mysore and Jaipur's themes on either side of the bag.
The sourcing, manufacturing, and printing got executed with the support and collaboration of an effective team. The wedding date was fast approaching, and during the pandemic, the shipping of the bulk order from Mumbai to New Jersey was a tedious and hefty task. Fingers crossed the shipping was done in three weeks window.
The wedding guests loved the idea of eco-friendly canvas tote gift bags.
Here is the review of the bags; it is exceptional because the bride of the family quotes it.
" The custom tote bags we received from Green Canvas for our wedding were stunning!! Great quality, beautiful colors, and we loved the idea that we could represent both the families with Jaipur and Mysore theme. We highly recommend these tote bags to anyone looking for a great return gift idea. Thank you to the whole Green Canvas Team!!"
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A how to use a tote bag guide
Tote bags have become more relevant and acceptable in recent times. While these totes are eco-friendly and stylish, one question still arises. What to do with a tote bag? Since early times we have been accustomed to purses, briefcases, backpacks, and others. While they are much in use now too, a tote bag can be a much relevant form of a woven cloth container in some cases.
Here are 5 ways of how to use a tote bag:
For running errands
Most relevant for one’s daily errands, a tote is a perfect grocery and vegetable shopping carrier.
School or College partner
Who said totes are only for casual use? Say hello to school or college totes. It fits perfect for your laptop or iPad and notebooks.
For a week-ender
Need to carry essentials for a weekend getaway? All this can be easily accommodated in a 38x55 cm tote bag.
A gym/yoga bag
While there are things called yoga gym bags and yoga mat straps, a simple canvas tote bag is much more feasible for such activities.
For beach picnics
Up for a beachy day? Then look no further, because totes are the perfect companion for your casual sunbath day.
Bonus Totes bags are absolutely the easiest to carry for future purposes. It definitely doesn’t take much space in your suitcase or purses for sure.
Encourage the use of totes in your household and around. Be it kids, house help, or family members. One step goes a long way.
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World Tourism Day
World Tourism Day is celebrated every year on the 27th of September. This day marks and celebrates accessible tourism, put in effect by the World Tourism Organisation( WTO).
This day aims to spread awareness about the importance of tourism and its social, cultural, and economic dimensions.
Different types of tourism are emerging these days like yoga tourism, medical tourism, dark tourism, adventure tourism, etc.
How to celebrate this day?
Remember, next time you travel, carry your essentials in an eco-friendly yet stylish manner.
We at Green Canvas manufacture tote bags that are spacious, stylish, and made up of eco-friendly canvas.
Also, we have our desi and global collections having bags ranging from Jaipuri prints to seven wonders of the world embossed on them.
Be open to new ideas, cultures, and beliefs of your tourism destination.
Be very particular about your tourism destination's cleanliness and beauty to keep it as you got it, for potential tourists.
The day highlights the contribution the tourism industry is making in reaching the Sustainable Development Goals.
"Travel far enough till you meet yourself"
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Men and their ‘motes’
Global fashion and its acceptance have changed over a few decades. And that’s why men and their men totes ‘motes’ are not a new thing. With a little jog down the memory lane, you’ll remember Joey (FRIENDS) and his newfound love and appreciation for ‘man purse’. While previously, it would have been ‘different’ and ‘unacceptable,’ it has come a long way to become practical. Don’t call it ‘gay’ or ‘feminine.’ Because motes have much more purpose than just being labeled.
Apart from being eco-friendly and affordable, these motes allow men to carry much more than what would be restricted. Be it a laptop, notepad, novels, charger, and n number of things. While many may have inhibitions regarding the motes and its acceptability, the market does not lie.
Sales for men's tote bags rose 11% in 2016, and sales of men's bags, in general, have also gone up by double digits, as NPD Group told The New York Times. According to IBIS World report, the men's bag market is now estimated to be worth about $176 billion in 2020.
According to Mintel, 15% of British men bought a man bag last year - and that rises to nearly a quarter between 16-34-year-olds.
Men totes are available in all styles and designs, which resonates with ones’ idea of self. There is no specific style to it, so pick which vibes with you. Don’t think twice if you want to shift to the motes.
#fashion #lifestyle #ecofriendly #canvastotes #totebag #ecofriendlylifestyle #reform #bringchange
World Suicide Prevention Day
World Suicide Prevention Day is observed every year on 10 September, organised by the International Association of Suicide Prevention.
Suicide Prevention- Global Public Health Agenda!
How to observe this day?
Lend an ear to those in need.
Talking about this issue is an important first step in ridding society of suicidal thoughts- so discuss!
Connect and spot the warning signs of suicidal "ideation."
Find resources- World Suicide Prevention Day provides lots of resources for people to learn more about the reasons for suicide and how to prevent them.
The theme for WSPD 2020 is
"Working Together to Prevent Suicide"
An essential ingredient of the suicide prevention agenda is collaboration.
Let's come together, educate, spread awareness, and prevent suicides and suicidal thoughts.
#mentalhealth #worldsuicidepreventionday #collaborate #itsokaynottobeokay #stigma #connect #askagain
Children are smarter than we think. Similarly, they are sharper than we deem them to be. To teach the future generation what is good and what is bad, we must incorporate practical experience in their lives. By doing a particular task or activity, children tend to retain and understand more than just telling them about it.
Climate change and global warming are threatening issue to our humanity. And we are doing our bit by trying to reverse the damage done or change the mindset of our previous generations. However, it is never too early to teach your kids the value and power of nature, sustainability, and co-existence.
Here are 7 easy yet effective tips that will teach kids how to incorporate sustainability into their daily lives.
Recycle- The easiest and basic step towards teaching recycling to kids is how to differentiate between things that can be recycled and which cannot. There are numerous activities and games related to recycling designed to teach children about the process and its value.
Reduce- Use a cloth, reduce paper towels. The kids should be slowly but surely taught household chores or at least a part of it. Teaching kids to avoid bottled water or Styrofoam is a good way to conserve energy and electricity like switching off fans and lights when not in use.
Reuse- Wastes are lying around your house, which can end up being used in a Do-it-yourself project! The DIY projects are a hit now, especially in such tiring times. While the waste gets reused, the kids have a fun time creating something new. Some of the popular DIY projects are - Mason jar snow globes, Milk Carton bird box, and Paper Roll Dragon.
Say no to plastic bags, and yes to totes- The majority of people primarily use plastic bags for vegetable and grocery purposes. All these bags are one-time-use bags, so it is better to carry tote bags from home itself. The plus points are that tote bags are trendy in nature and are not only limited to grocery shopping; it can be used for various other purposes too.
Mini garden for and by kids- Miniature gardens are a perfect way to engage kids with nature and be outdoors. Such gardens give kids a sense of responsibility and ownership. This activity can also lead to making your own veggie or kitchen gardens at a later stage—a way of self-reliance and organic way of life.
Impact of lifestyle- It is good to teach our kids to prefer eco-friendly clothes over conventional clothing. Why choose eco-friendly apparel? The biggest reason is the reduction of toxic waste in the environment.
Lead by example-Just telling them that we should live a sustainable lifestyle is not good enough. The trick to success is to do what you preach and want them to follow. Seeing their parents be aware and do their part of making the world a better place is always an encouragement kid would want.
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International Charity Day
Someone truly said the temple is far away, let's do some charity and bring a smile on someone's face.
The United Nations officially declared 5th September as the International Day of Charity. The day commemorates the passing away of a pure soul Mother Teresa who made it her life's purpose to help the people in distress and eradicate poverty from the world. She committed her life to this cause at the age of 12.
How can we make a difference on this day?
Choose the causes that are urgent and spread awareness.
Invest, but always research needs to be done in advance about the cause and the charity event.
"Good deeds should be done with intention ,not for attention" so the act of real generosity should be anonymous.
So this International Charity Day, find the cause you believe in, donate, volunteer, and make a reform.
A small but concrete step can make an impact and bring a smile on someone's face!
#spreadlove #donate #volunteer #donatecanvas #giveabagofjoy #unitednationmission
The Thin Blanket
Ozone is to Earth is what armour is to a warrior. It is a shield against harmful Ultraviolet rays reaching the earth from the sun, thus preventing global warming.
We think, how can we protect this thin blanket?
The ozone layer is getting depleted due to increasing pollution and harmful fumes coming out of the condensers. This thinning of ozone is leading to an ozone hole. To prevent depletion, we need to reduce the use of harmful plastic as it is difficult to decompose, and burning the same can lead to the emission of the most toxic fumes which damage the gentle ozone layer.
At Green Canvas, we produce 100%canvas bags that are reusable, are a suitable replacement for plastic, and are biodegradable.
The theme for the World Ozone Day 2020 to be marked on 16 September, is Ozone for life: 35 years of ozone layer protection.
So this ozone day, let's save the roof of life by making the right choice, saying no to plastic, taking concrete steps, and applying paper policies in real life.
Let's pay tribute to mother earth!!
#ozoneprotection #gogreen #careforplanet #choosewise #sustainablebags #ecobag #environbag
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