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These 100% bio-degradable products made out of plant fiber can replace the environment damaging plastics in future.

We all know about the harmful effects plastic has on us as well as the environment. That’s the reason too many corporates are concerned about and are trying to bring more and more biodegradable products into the market.

A year ago we told you about edible cutlery and now it’s Earthware. It’s the South India’s first only manufacturing unit of products made from plant fibre which are 100% bio-degradable.

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Earthware manufactures eco-friendly food containers, plates, bowls etc. that are also healthy to eat out of. Products made from fibre like sugar cane, wheat, bamboo, cellulose etc. are known as bagasse products. They are a result of natural plant fibre and compostable.

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The containers are made of bagasse which are water-resistant, shatterproof, microwave-safe and decomposes on their own within 90 days, which makes them a perfect substitute to plastic.

“We’ve been around for a long time and then suddenly the demand has doubled,” says Samanvi Bhograj, founder of Bengaluru-based Earthware. Samanvi recalls the start point for Earthware, saying, “We weren’t looking at it as a business: it was more of a social responsibility thing for us. The business has emerged now,” she told Indiahikes.

Plastic is toxic! It is full of harmful by-products and chemicals that are released during its breakdown process. Biodegradable products, however, are completely safe and free of toxins which end up harming us over the course of time.

Earthware makes cups,plates, bowls, cutlery and lunch boxes. The Bangalore-based company ships all over India as well as abroad. It’s time for us to shift our focus towards more environment friendly products like these in innovating, spreading and using such products keeping it’s impact on our health and the environment at large.

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This village is producing electricity in a mud pot with the Cow-dung and discarded battery cells. Here’s how?

You would have heard of Bio-gas plant, but here’s a totally different story.

This story is of village Poorejham Tiwari located on the Sultanpur road 5 kms. from Haidergarh town in Barabanki of Uttar Pradesh.

Brijesh Tripathi, a young farmer in village Poorejham, who is just intermediate passed out has invented this new way of producing electricity in a mud pot with cow-dung and discarded battery cells.

He takes cheap Chinese bulbs used in electric welts, and 3 discarded battery cells. He replaces the cover of those discarded cells and connects the positive and negative wires to it and then dip then in three mud pots filled with cow-dung paste and then he mixes a small quantity of salt and detergent powder to the paste and his process works well to generate electricity.

The village is deprived of electricity and only 2 liters of kerosene oil is distributed per family from the ration stores. In such conditions, the lives of the people of Poorejham village is miserable in the absence of any electricity. Few years ago only pillars for electricity have been installed in the village but no wires or electricity ever came to this village.

Brijesh says he read in the newspaper about the process and he thought of testing the same. When he experimented first the bulb lighted, then he checked it for radio and it worked and next he thought to charge the cellphone and the process worked.

Following Brijesh most of the villagers of Poorejham are producing electricity by his method and making their life easier. Now this formulae of Brijesh has became a hit in his village as well as in most of the nearby villages. Even the children in the village also know the formulae and are happy as they have electricity to carry on their studies.

Villagers are happy and surprised with the experiments that they get some electricity for their daily usage but they don’t know what chemical process goes behind to produce electricity in a mud pot filled with cow-dung and discarded battery cells. They hope when technical people will discover their experiment someday, they will create a better technology using their formulae.

We hope spreading their story can bring a change as well as electricity to their village.

 

 

Can you imagine what street children, rag-pickers and labor kids can do?

Delhi’s labor kids, street children and rag-pickers are doing a tremendous job. They are the reporters and publishers of their self – owned newspaper “Baalaknama.” Here’s the story:

“Where there is a will there is a way” or “Age is just the numbers” are all those proverbs which fit accurately to these kids. They have crossed the barriers of their age as well as the misconception what kids cannot accomplish.

It’s the story of these Delhi’s labor and rag-picker kids who are publishing and selling their own newspaper named “Baalaknama”. The story is totally a different and interesting one from what one can expect from any kid.

Chandni, chief editor of Balaknama, started this work when she was just 5. Chandni’s father died when she was quiet young, which made her responsible to feed her family and the circumstances led her to become a rag-picker. But, then she had her own dreams which led her to work this way.

The newspaper publishes the news about child abuse, child crime and child labor. The reporting network is spread across Delhi, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana. They have a team of 2 reporters in every area who collect news from their designated areas. Most of the team members are rag-pickers or labors.

The main area of concern is that till now more than 10000 kids have been joined the team as reporters. Those who cannot write narrate their news orally. Those who are 18 years and above are appointed as advisors in the newspaper.

An NGO named Chetna is also helping these kids in accomplishing their mission. At times these kids distribute free copies of their newspaper too so that their news can reach people at large.

The price for the newspaper is set for ₹ 2/- only, which is much cheaper than any other newspaper. These kids are engaged in their initiative towards creativity and journalism which will provide them a healthier life safe from robbery, begging, rag-picking and other child crimes.

Also read a similar story of 9 years old Hilde Lysiak, a self made reporter and a publisher of Orange Street News in Pennsylvania .

Above story also reminds me of 10-Years-Old Ishita Katyal who says, “Instead of asking children what they want to do in future, ask them what they want to do now. Ask them their vision for a better world. Ask them what they are doing to change this world. Ask them the real life problems they are solving. This will allow you all to empower a new generation to go faster than any generation ever has.”

“We can do a lot in this moment, in the present. The problem is our world has many forces working against the dreams of children.” says Ishita Katyal, the youngest Indian Ted-X Speaker.

All these kids are a big source of inspiration to others and we wish them good-luck in all their future endeavors.