A few years ago, terms like Climate Change, Environmental Sustainability, and Circular Economy were not very popular in India, consciousness about products we use and the sustainability of them was once the concern only to some niche groups within society. They have proliferated in the last few decades, which has also changed the consumer purchase behavior such that 81% of consumers are interested in purchasing eco-friendly or organic products.
There are many organizations making essential contributions to the environment, society and the sustainability of India. They are putting all efforts to facilitate the conditions under which humans and nature can co-exist, while still satisfying the social, health and environmental needs of present and future generations. We have met many such organizations throughout the past few years and wanted to share a short list of some of the ones making the most impact!
What does being a Sustainable Organization mean?
We are highlighting organizations which are balancing their development with minimal or no impact on Mother Earth. It is a business striving to reduce pollution or the other major negative impacts on our non-renewable resources and working for improved standards of living with sustainable solutions.
Take a spin to find out 10 of the most influential sustainable organisations in India that are making a change, and pinpoint one you want to get involved with. If we have forgotten any, please mention in the comments so we can meet them in the coming year!
Delhi NCR, Aadhan is a social enterprise trying to create impact in the recycled infrastructure space, by recycling old shipping containers into eco-friendly, mobile infrastructure. They design buildings which can be sent to any location in the country. These structures are made from shipping containers retired from their tenure at sea, and other environmentally friendly materials, emphasizing a culture of sustainability.
Bangalore, The major focus of the company is utilization of locally generated waste and by products of agro-industries and palm oil industries and to develop value added products like omega-3 fatty acids for human and animal application and feed additives for aqua, poultry cattle and swine.
The company acknowledges the support and encouragement received from Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC-GoI) under the Biotechnology Industry Partnership programme (BIPP) scheme for the scaling up of the PoC developed through the BIG project.
Uttarakhand, Nestled in the Kumaon region of the Indian Himalayan state of Uttarakhand, Avani is a community built on the principles of sustainability and local empowerment. A global network of diverse employees, interns and volunteers give life to Avani’s community-centric rural development programs. Avani creates opportunities for rural women and men to find viable employment through a self-sufficient and environmentally sustainable supply chain. In a region where small farms are many families only source of income, Avani is a hub of opportunity; constantly developing new approaches to sustainable, conservation-based livelihood generation for rural communities.
Karnataka, Daily Dump was started in 2006, with the vision to constantly re-imagine relationship with the earth, with each other and with urban spaces. Essentially, they are in the mindset changing business - mindsets about “waste”, about marginal livelihoods, about whose job it is to take care of “waste”, about how we can harmless, etc. DAILY DUMP is a design led company where they use design to help imagine alternative scenarios that can help change behavior. Their objective is to reduce waste, improve material recovery, enable better livelihoods and to do this through the voluntary collective action of urban citizens.
Gujarat, Delivers the wholesomeness of an organic, eco-friendly bazaar to your doorstep, at your convenience. They help you choose a healthy life and more importantly bring you a wide range of certified organically grown foods and eco-friendly products right to your home; away from the uncertainty of chemically grown, genetically modified food and products. Currently growing their base in Gujarat, they wish to spread organic goodness across India.
NavAlt Solar & Electric Boats Pvt. Ltd. is based in Kochi, India. NavAlt’s vision is to make marine transport more efficient by drastically reducing the energy and resources needed for building and operation. They have designed boats and ferries combining advancements in Electric Vehicle technology, marine design and Photovoltaics so that they run on solar energy. NavAlt envisions a more efficient water transport system which doesn’t use fossil fuels.
Gujarat, Oizom is an Environmental Solution Company. Started with a life-centric approach, Oizom builds data-driven solutions for natural resources like Air, Water, Soil, Energy etc. By evolving with technology and through extensive R&D, Oizom Instruments aspires to set a class apart in its measurement accuracy and precision. Through an ecosystem of products, Oizom Instruments aims to make the environment understandable and predictable. With a dense network of Oizom Instruments and machine-learning data-science, Oizom strives to create a sustainable living environment.
Hyderabad, Oorja is a Cleantech Heating & Cooling company focused on providing sustainable solutions for industrial and commercial heating & cooling. They provide solutions based on Solar and Energy Efficiency that are economically viable for customers. Their vision is born out of not just the energy issues being faced by industrial and commercial establishments, but also the environmental problems due to continuous burning of fossil fuels for our energy needs. Heating & Cooling are very energy-intensive processes and Oorja’s products either eliminate or greatly reduce the need for fossil fuel consumption for these processes in industries and commercial establishments.
Global, Replenish is a worldwide movement to give back more than we take from planet earth. Replenish supports and facilitates sustainable, social businesses and invests towards a green, circular economy. Replenish Earth is the philosophy of living in harmony with nature; it is a cause and a collective action to protect the global commons - the natural resources we all share. The Replenish economy is founded on the principles of the World Replenish Index, a market place which transcends and includes GDP to 100% compostable products conscious of our environmental impact.
Mumbai, S4S Technologies is the food preservation company that invents new food processing machines. They sell these machines to farmers or use these machines at their own facility to produce the best quality processed food. S4S Technologies work with a range of partner organizations to create a sustainable supply of processed food products. Their technology includes a Solar Conduction Dryer, Haldi Tech, SmartDry, and Frost Dry.
Why we made this list:
We made this list to appreciate their amazing work in all different fields. To the organizations featured in this article, thank you for your contributions to the environment and humankind for making India a better place to live. Saathi salutes your innovations and hopes others will join the cause. You are voices of sustainability, future sharpers and earth heroes.
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