Basic Needs

Access to food, water, mobility and things

We believe that provision of basic needs is a fundamental human right. Our team is committed to exploring and implementing solutions that would address basic needs in the most sustainable way.

We believe that a combination of appropriate technologies, systems thinking and responsible design can deliver groundbreaking economical solutions.

  • Rain Water Harvesting
    Access to water in rural and remote households is a big challenge in India. In collaboration with the Govt....
  • Period of Change
    One of the most noticeable and significant waste streams in many villages are disposable plastic sanitary pads. They are...
  • amrutDhara
    amrutDhara has been created to reduce the consumption of one time ‘use & throw’ plastic (PET) water bottles in...
  • Shared Transport Service (STS)
    earth&us envisions integrated, affordable and quiet electric transport solutions for India. There are a number of modular projects in...
  • Auroville Library of Things (ALoT)
    The Auroville Library of Things (ALoT) facilitates sharing of under-used things by moving them from a space of static...
  • Neem Tree
    The Neem Tree is a community space for people to hang-out and engage in fun and inspiring activities to...

Neem Tree

The Neem Tree is a community space for people to hang-out and engage in fun and inspiring activities to enjoy games, music and movies together. It is also restaurant that serves affordable, locally grown food to residents of Auroville. It also inculcates the habit of conserving water while washing one’s dishes using a system that ensures less wastage. We also encourage learning workshops and other such activities in this space.

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Neem Tree Facebook Page

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Auroville Library of Things (ALoT)

The Auroville Library of Things (ALoT) facilitates sharing of under-used things by moving them from a space of static ownership to dynamic accessibility. The objective is to counter the current trend of hyper-consumption and make the most of our things as a community! We think of this as a prototype and hope to create an open-source franchise model to spread the idea of Library of Things across India.

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Research Paper on ALoT

ALoT Facebook Page

 

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Shared Transport Service (STS)

earth&us envisions integrated, affordable and quiet electric transport solutions for India. There are a number of modular projects in the pipeline that will make this vision a reality. The Shared Transport Service (STS) addresses two of the pain points: price and carbon emissions for trips made from Auroville and Pondicherry to Chennai.  It is a platform that enables the residents and visitors of Auroville  to  share taxi rides.  

STS Facebook Page

Book a Cab Online!

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amrutDhara

amrutDhara has been created to reduce the consumption of one time ‘use & throw’ plastic (PET) water bottles in India. In 2013, it was among the first few organisations to pioneer and test water ATM in public places. Plastic bottles are significant source of plastic waste and are responsible for serious damage to ecosystems and marine life.

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amrutDhara Website

amrutDhara Facebook Page

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Period of Change

One of the most noticeable and significant waste streams in many villages are disposable plastic sanitary pads. They are also responsible for clogging sewers in cities which are still manually cleaned by workers from the lower caste. The ‘Period of Change’ project addressed the issue of menstrual hygiene management through a national workshop in Pune and a series of webinars. The main objective was to promote more environmentally sustainable and healthy ways to manage
menstruation.

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Rain Water Harvesting

Access to water in rural and remote households is a big challenge in India. In collaboration with the Govt. of Meghalaya, we have pioneered an approach that begins with installing rainwater harvesting systems at schools in water strained communities. The installation is accompanied by extensive awareness and training for school staff and parents on operating and maintaining the system. Local workforce is employed to enhance technical skills in the region. It is expected that the villagers will soon start making rainwater harvesting provisions in their homes when they see the school system working well. A similar initiative has started in Tripura through CSR funding.

This initiative is in collaboration with Biome Foundation, Bangalore.

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