As individuals, how can we reduce our daily plastic usage?

Posted by Arunima Kumar on 29 May, 2018

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Replenish - Bottles with a recharging cartridge

Posted by Earthr.org Content Team on 26 Aug, 2018

Up to 95% of the substance in household cleaning products is water, and disposing of the packaging when the bottle is empty is wasteful. This design from Replenish offers a concentrated recharging cartridge screwed into the bottom, which when inverted fills a chamber with sufficient liquid that can then be topped up with tap water. It’s an all-round winner saving waste and materials, along with the transport emissions from shipping water.

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Bogobrush - Biodegradable toothbrush

Posted by Earthr.org Content Team on 26 Aug, 2018

The Bogobrush is completely biodegradable made of a bamboo handle and 100% nylon bristles. The bamboo is excellent in that it can grow faster than the product wears out.  Both the handle and bristles will decompose so easily you could bury them in your backyard. When sibling team John and Heather Mcdougall discovered how over 450 million plastic toothbrushes gather in just America’s landfills each year, they decided to come up with a better brush. They have committed that every toothbrush purchased, someone in need will receive a free toothbrush.

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Ecobirdy: Sustainable Children’s furniture. Designed, upcycled, recyclable.

Posted by Vivek Mehta on 13 Jun, 2018

Ecobirdy targets school going children to make them more aware about how the use of common plastic toys can be harmful to the planet and how old plastic toys can be given life.

They have curated a storybook for this purpose which is read to the students and a large collection container is brought to the schools where the children and their parents are invited to bring their old and unused plastic toys to donate.

How do they keep them involved: Transparency of upcycling. All kids and parents are asked to leave their contact when bringing old toys. They receive an email as soon as their old toys is given a new life.

After the collection in schools, the plastic toys are unpacked and prepared in a sheltered workshop. The toys are checked to make sure there are no unwanted materials such as batteries and textiles. Following this, all plastic toys that can be recycled are put into a large container and transported to the professional recycling centre. By collaborating with a sheltered workshop, they strive to create social-added value.

The recycled plastic is used to create furniture for children which can be purchased from their website and is further recyclable.

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Bakey’s Edible Cutlery: Use your cutlery and eat it too

Posted by Kunal Nandwani on 29 May, 2018

Plastic contains several chemical complexes that leach into food increasing the incidences of cancer and it adds on to the mounting non-degradable material garbage.

Set up as an alternative to disposable plastic/wood cutlery, bamboo chopsticks, Bakey’s edible cutlery is made out of mixture of sorghum, rice and wheat flours, kneaded with hot water. The products are baked in moulds.

There are no preservatives, chemicals, additives, colouring agents, raising agents, fat, trans fat, artificial chemical nutrition or animal ingredients, milk or milk products. These are 100% natural products that are vegan as well and are 100% degradable (if you choose not to eat them).

Having production franchisees across the world would eliminate the logistics costs and the import duties and Bakey’s is looking to cut its costs of logistics down. It has business opportunities for overseas sellers.

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