6 Zero Waste Organisations That Are Building A Sustainable Future
Sustainability as a concept has percolated deep into the walls of our society today. As climate change report and grim news stories about manmade & ecological disasters inundate our everyday conversations, homegrown brands in India are racing against time to innovate and rethink how products in the market can fall into the zero-waste category.
It is no news that one of the most prominent problems faced in India is its poor waste management systems. Young innovators and entrepreneurs have come together for this purpose to reassess the impact of this on our ecology and to create newer systems and products that can mitigate the looming issue. Here are 6 zero-waste organisations you should know about.
From creating zero-waste work spaces to curating zero-waste events and aiding businesses via sustainable consulting, Skrap is a turn-key establishment that handles end-to-end services with regards to waste management.
When a massive fire broke out in Mumbai’s dumping ground, co-founder Divya Goel got thinking about the city’s inadequate waste management systems and how this can be tackled. Divya’s research pushed her into introspecting about the waste that her own home generates and that is where the idea for Skrap originated.
The company which has grown multifold in the past few years now curates events, workshops and workspaces for major Indian brands that include, Mahindra motors, Bacardi Weekender, Kommune and more.
Skrap is India's leading curator of zero-waste events
The organisation whose name translates into the Kannada term for ‘green force’ is a social impact organisation based out Bengaluru that works closely with waste pickers and their communities. Hasirudala aims to uplift the community of waste-pickers by providing them with a safer work environments, adequate health facilities and more.
Amongst several waste management initiatives, Hasirudala has also launched a zero-waste management system. Their immediate case studies were located in the neighborhoods of Bengaluru to assess how waste was generated and managed on a day-to-day basis.
Through this research, the organisation launched a Zero-Waste initiative that includes intense citizen engagement and decentralised waste processing to reduce the waste generation in every locality.
Hasirudala supports a large community of waste collectors, most of whom are women
Turns out that nearly 150 million tonnes of CO2 is released into the atmosphere in India due to crop burning. In an attempt to resolve this issue, Craste India stepped in with a product that can transform this waste into value based products.
The team incorporates the model of a circular economy in order to reduce the generation of inorganic crop waste. The brand has gone ahead and created high-quality packaging material including paper products and molded packaging material.
Craste's eco-friendly packaging created out of waste
With a mission of bringing together nature, people and technology, this organisation creates waste management solutions that reduce the toxic impact on the environment. Their clientele currently spread across Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad, Mumbai & Goa where they manage over 77 tonnes of waste a day.
Their waste management services including e-waste management products extend to corporates, residences and institutions where they also provide additional awareness training on the effects of poor waste management.
Saahas's wide range of waste-management facilities
Founded by engineer and business graduate Siva Sankar in the year 2014, Noval India is a design-based waste management company that specialises in waste auditing and solutions for the same.
The company generates large-scale machinery to tackle waste handling. From organic waste converter to compact incinerators, Noval’s products adhere to large corporations and bio-medical industries.
Noval India's large scale machinery that reduce waste generation
Back in 2015, the founders of Phool were privy to a ghastly incident that disrupted their lives. They witnessed the pilgrims and visitors drinking and bottling up water from the river Ganga despite the evident muck that inundated its waters. Through effective research and study, the brand zeroed down on wasted flowers as their choice of product material.
A year and half into their study, a flowercycled incense stick was developed and there was no turning back ever since. The brand which has now diversified into creating vegan leather and festival gifting boxes employs the local community living alongside the Ganga to create the products.
Phool Co's Assorted Diwali Gifting Hampers
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