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As an increasing number of eco-activists are devoting themselves to saving our planet, we pick a few whoA�are making headlines this year. By Team Indulge

WE are biting the very hands that feed us. Global expansion is so rapid-paced that, in a short while, wea��ll be running on empty. A few statistics should put things in perspective: every eightA�seconds a child dies due to contaminated water; six billion kilos of garbage is dumped into our oceans every day. But ita��s not all bad news. For the second year in a row, global energy-related carbonA�dioxide emissions have remained flat (with respect to economic growth) thanks to the adoption of stricter emission laws. We possess thousands of years worth of geothermal powera��in fact,A�one per cent of Australiaa��s geothermal power potential can provide energy to last 26,000 yearsa��and the amazing potential of renewable energy is at our fingertips. So, to commemorateA�World Environment Day (June 5), we meet regional environmental superheroes, who are making a difference and inspiring us to join in.

Name: Kriti Tula, Paras Arora and
Vaibhav Kapoor | Location: Delhi
It only took a few years of experienceA�in the fashion industry for Kriti Tula
to realise there was an abundance ofA�wasted fabrics that were simply beingA�thrown away. a�?I thought we couldA�still make chic clothes, while promotingA�a sustainable lifestyle byA�working purely with waste,a�?A�shares the creative director.A�Joined by co-founders ParasA�Arora and Vaibhav Kapoor,A�Doodlage was born two-and-ahalfA�years ago. They sourceA�their fabrics from factoriesA�and textile houses fromA�across the country, ensuringA�the raw material is uniqueA�for each collection. WhileA�they do have their own line,A�they also work withA�Fabindia, BrahmakarmaA�and Avaran to create collectionsA�with fabrics theA�brands do not want toA�part with. From turningA�jeans into denimA�jackets, to creatingA�patchwork jumpsuits,A�the styles are very current.A�a�?It feels good thatA�wea��re doing our little bitA�for the planet,a�? concludesA�Tula. Details: facebook.com/doodlage

Name: Adrian Pinto | Location: Mumbai
The planet consumes close to 60 billionA�bottles of wine every year, whichA�amounts to over 33 million tonnes ofA�winery waste. This fact inspiredA�Adrian Pinto, senior manager-wines atA�Pernod Ricard India, to develop a processA�that converts the waste into paper.A�a�?Since pomace (which ends up asA�compost) in the form of seeds, stockA�and grape skin has high fibre, IA�knew it could be upcycled to be aA�good alternative to wood in paper,a�?A�claims Pinto, who has applied for aA�global patent (pending) for a�?PaperA�Made from Organic Waste andA�the Process Thereof a��. With thisA�paper, the 45-year-old hopes toA�reduce the wine industrya��s carbonA�footprint and, in the future,A�create a circular economy whereA�materials and resources are recycledA�endlessly.A�Details: greenpaperworks.com

Name: Sujith Pulpara | Location: Kochi
Triba is a 90-day-old initiative thatA�dreams of a carbon-neutral country.This open-to-all nature conservationA�group helps peoplea��who join them onA�treks to areas like Tiger Hillsa��gain aA�deeper understanding of sustainable livingA�by interacting with regional tribals.A�a�?This weekend, wea��re headed toA�Pampadum Shola National Park for anA�eco-restoration project. We will removeA�water-absorbing eucalyptus, make contourA�bunds from fallen trees to preventA�landslides and help recreate green meadowsA�from the seeds found in wild buffaloA�manure,a�? says co-founder Sujith PulparaA�(33), a biometrics professional. In July,A�they intend to help tribals in Munnara��sA�Wildlife Division and develop a districtwiseA�Nature Volunteer Database to supportA�the government. Details: facebook.A�com/TRIBA-Walk-With-A�Nature-1037487096316342

Name: PVS Suhasan ReddyA�and Harika Meka | Location: Bengaluru
PVS Suhasan Reddy and Harika MekaA�have been on their a�?say no to plastica��A�mission since 2011. a�?When my wifeA�and I started seeing a surge in the useA�of plastics, we left our jobs to conductA�awareness drives. Then, when peopleA�started asking a�?If not plastic, whatA�else?a��, we began working on alternatives,a�?A�explains Reddy. Thanks to theA�MBA graduatesa�� e-store, SaveGlobe,A�theya��ve been getting invites from corporateA�houses, hotels and food vendorsA�to discuss greener ways of doing business.A�The store sells eco-friendly, biodegradableA�food packaging, kitchenware,A�flower pots, shopping bags andA�more. While their food packets areA�made from sugarcane bagasse andA�bamboo fibre, they also sell plates andA�bowls crafted from rice husk. NowA�they have a line of edible spoons andA�forks fashioned from wheat, cornstarchA�and water, and baked. InA�the comingA�months, theyA�want to replaceA�plastic garbageA�bin liners withA�those madeA�from wood celluloseA�and kraftA�paper. Details:A�saveglobe.in

Name: Iris Maju | Location: Shillong
Former Mrs India World 2015 and greenA�movement advocate, Iris Maju states thatA�she is not a model. a�?I participated in theA�Mrs India World pageant to make contactsA�around the country to further myA�cause,a�? explains the educational counsellorA�(originally from Kochi), who has beenA�promoting sustainable living for 15 years.A�She cycles 15 km a day and joined DrA�Sarojini Montero (on the Kochi leg) ofA�her ride from Leh to Kanyakumari, toA�promote cycling. She also teaches childrenA�in the Army Schools in Jaipur, Leh,A�Pune and Patiala about recycling, creativeA�composting, starting organic gardensA�and saving water. a�?My Re CyclothonA�initiativea��workshops conducted acrossA�the country, where I promote cycling andA�greener commutinga��was inspired byA�the Army, as they startedA�practising the a�?NoA�vehicle to worka�� dayA�almost two decadesA�ago. Ita��s great to seeA�the increase ofA�cycling clubs, and IA�hope to start womencentricA�bicycle clubs inA�Shillong, Kochi andA�Delhi soon,a�? says theA�kalarayapayittu artiste.A�Details: facebook.com/Green-OGreen-390459731148301

Name: Sivaraj Muthuraman | Location: Tirupur
Four years ago, Sivaraj MuthuramanA�made waves in the city when he rode his
cycle rickshaw-turned-pedal bike atA�Marina Beach. The zero-emission conceptA�vehicle, now a solar and batterypoweredA�one, caught the attention ofA�many, but its lack of a licence raisedA�roadblocks with the police. a�?I own five ofA�these vehicles, out of which two haveA�been donated to Sathak EngineeringA�College (Chennai) where students areA�working on them for research and developmentA�purposes,a�? says the 31-year-oldA�MBA graduate from Heriott WattA�University, Singapore, adding, a�?I amA�looking to improve the design now, getA�my licence and hit the roads in sixA�months,a�? he concludes. Details: facebook.A�com/sivaraj.muthuraman.5

Name: Anu Tandon |A�Location: Mumbai
While on a holiday in Greece, textileA�designer, artist and sculptor, AnuA�Tandon, met an elderly woman whoA�had retired from a cushy job inA�America to set up a loom in her home,A�to make the most beautiful fabrics.A�a�?That struck a chord as I had beenA�working as a freelance designer forA�years. I started thinking about theA�larger picture and wanted to make aA�difference,a�? begins Tandon, whoA�started her furniture brand, The
Retyrement Plan, three years ago.A�She uses the waste from tailoringA�units, old tyres and packaging, toA�handcraft cane furniture that is bestA�described as a riot of colours.A�Ottomans, arm chairs, stools andA�couches make up her quirkyA�collection. a�?I also wantedA�to give local artisansA�and craftsmen a living.A�I currently workA�with small-timeA�craftsmen inA�Gujarat, Rajasthan,A�Bihar and WestA�Bengal,a�? explains theA�artist, whoa��s excited toA�be participating in theA�London Design Week inA�October. Details:facebook.A�com/TheRetyrementPlan


Name: Abhijit SinhaA�|Location: Bengaluru
It was late 2013 when Abhijit SinhaA�decided he had had enough of city life.A�So the engineering graduate moved toA�Banjarapalya, a little hamlet about 30km south of Bengaluru. When the villageA�children, fascinated by his smartphoneA�(something theya��d never evenA�seen before), figured out how to use it inA�no time, he realised here was somethingA�he could tap into. a�?With the help of theA�NGO, Jaaga, I helped them learn fromA�the Internet and adopt DIY methods toA�invent things out of unused, upcycledA�material (think robots made with usedA�toothbrushes and drones with plasticA�bottles). Thata��s how Project DEFYA�(Design Education For Yourself) wasA�born,a�? he shares, adding it has twoA�makerspaces now, equippedA�with computers, tools andA�raw materials. a�?It costsA�me about Rs 25,000 aA�month to maintainA�each space, which isA�not much, and the
rewards are priceless,a�?A�he smiles.A�Sinha hopes to set upA�similar makerspacesA�in Kochi, Bihar andA�Uganda (in collaborationA�with local outfits), by nextA�year. Details: facebook.com/ProjDEFY



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