Sustainability

Action-oriented research based projects for a sustainable future

At earth&us, we are passionate about implementing creative sustainable solutions for the planet with finite resources.We strive to protect the commons.

This is the thread that binds us together as a team. It is the roof under which our diverse range of projects reside.

Our projects encourage a re-evaluation of what we need to be happy, to inculcate a practice of sharing, to examine what we are consuming and how it affects the planet.

  • Simhasth
    Simhasth” or “Kumbh” is a religious festival which is held once every 12 years. In Ujjain in...
  • Rain Water Harvesting
    Access to water in rural and remote households is a big challenge in India. In collaboration with...
  • Zero Waste Management
    earth&us worked extensively on zero waste management with the Department of Town Panchayats in Tamil Nadu. The...
  • Period of Change
    One of the most noticeable and significant waste streams in many villages are disposable plastic sanitary pads....
  • amrutDhara
    amrutDhara has been created to reduce the consumption of one time ‘use & throw’ plastic (PET) water...
  • Shared Transport Service (STS)
    earth&us envisions integrated, affordable and quiet electric transport solutions for India. There are a number of modular...
  • Auroville Library of Things (ALoT)
    The Auroville Library of Things (ALoT) facilitates sharing of under-used things by moving them from a space...
  • Neem Tree
    The Neem Tree is a community space for people to hang-out and engage in fun and inspiring...

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

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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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Zero Waste Management

earth&us worked extensively on zero waste management with the Department of Town Panchayats in Tamil Nadu. The Department is responsible for the municipal administration of 528 Town Panchayats with 80 lakh (8 million) inhabitants. Having conducted a detailed survey by visiting 22 Town Panchayats, the team developed a training programme for the municipal staff and waste generators including households and shopkeepers. The training material took the form of 7 booklets covering a plethora of topics on waste management. The team also conducted training workshops for the senior municipal staff which was well received.

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Waste Management Training Booklets:  English  | Tamil

Needs Assesment Final Report

Needs Assesment Site Visit- A Visual Journey

Needs Assesment Site Visit Final Report

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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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Simhasth

Simhasth” or “Kumbh” is a religious festival which is held once every 12 years. In Ujjain in 2016, it was attended by over 75 million people over a month, making it the largest human gathering on earth. 50 of our volunteers pervaded Simhasth in 2016 with a campaign “Reconnecting religion with environment” to promote environmental sustainability and behaviour change. Lakhs of people were impacted including those who signed our pledge promising to adapt to more sustainable ways of living and practicing religion in a way that does not harm the environment.

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