Today is World Environment Day, a time to assess and address the kind of collective impact we’ve had on the environment. While it is important to review where we’ve been failing and why we haven’t been meeting environmental standards and goals the world over, it’s also important to take a look at some of the positive aspects to this story. This is to say, to look at ways in which new, innovative solutions have arisen in response to this massive challenge. Some of these new businesses chart out new paths for addressing our environmental impact while also creating social value and even generating revenue. Here are three examples of eco-conscious startups from India:
Nuru Energy, a clean-tech company founded in 2008, and operating out of India and East Africa, is one of the most interesting startups in the energy space in India. Nuru Energy aims to help solve the global problem of energy poverty, which currently affects over 2 billion people worldwide. In this effort, they’ve developed a simple yet robust off-grid recharging platform, called the the Nuru POWERCycleâ„¢ pedal generator, which provides clean and sustainable power which can be used to recharge mobile phones and Nuru’s own portable modular LED lights quickly and efficiently.
Our global dependence on fossil fuels has reached a critical point, necessitating countries around the world to look for domestic alternatives to sustain their growth. One company that is trying to push this agenda forward in India is Earth-100, by offering companies biofuel solutions to supplement their energy needs. Biofuel, in particular biodiesel generated by algae, has long been looked at around the world as a feasible source of domestic energy. Earth-100 helps companies bring down their carbon footprint, elevate corporate image, and still be on par with the market rate.
Sarga is involved in creating eco-friendly fabrics and furnishings. It uses organically developed or naturally available fibers like organic cotton, bamboo, lyocell, modal, flax and jute. Fibres at Sarga are organically grown or are naturally available, and most are also certified organic. Products used for processing are chosen carefully to ensure that no harmful chemicals are used, and all prints, dyes, threads and consumables are free from chemicals and harmful substances. While Sarga started off as an eco-friendly furnishing company, it is now planning to move into the apparel segment. Interestingly, it also sees a sizeable demand for industrial application of fibers also known as â€˜technical textileâ€™ be used in jets, wind turbines, car bumpers, car panels etc., and is exploring options with General Electric and National Aerospace Laboratories at the moment.