Controlling The Monster
Items for which there are available sustainable alternatives make them accessible. eg plastic straws can be easily replaced by paper or steel
Items for which alternatives do not exist , for these items the objective is to limit their damage by better educating the consumer and making the producer financially responsible of the consequences on the environment.
Items which are already well captured , the objective is to make sure that they land in either existing or forthcoming recycling bins
What are the single use products that are to be phased out by 2022
- food containers
- cups for beverages
- cotton bud sticks
- cutlery, plates, stirrer, straws
- sticks for balloons, balloons
- packets and wrappers
- beverage containers, their caps and lids – beverage bottles
- tobacco product filters
- sanitary items – wet wipes, sanitary towels
- lightweight plastic carry bags
Banning has not ever worked – in any country
How do we prepare the people and how do we help the industry to phase out these products in a smooth manner?
A multi prong strategy – starting now !
- Consumption reduction
- Market restriction
- Product design requirement
- Marking requirement
- Extended producer responsibility or application of polluter pay principle
- Separate collection objective
- Awareness raising measures
The social enterprise sector is growing rapidly . People are realizing its importance to take action on issues related to food ( has resulted in the rise of organic food industry), financial services, health services etc. Some of the matured social enterprises have started experimenting new ways on how quickly they can reach new beneficiaries , achieve larger impact and leverage efficiencies of scale without having to reinvent the wheel.
SCALE UP OR SCALE OUT
Turning everyday workings of a social enterprise into a systematic cooperation that can be easily replicated elsewhere can be tricky. Finding partners who are aligned to your values is challenging. We too are grappling with these issues. What kind of license do we grant, what training and support should we provide , and issues of branding and intellectual property.
CASE STUDY OF CONSERVE HRP
Conserve HRP grew rapidly in the last 12 years.. we made upcycled products and managed to get big and mainstream clients like @urbanoutfitters, @habitate , @adolfoDominique etc. We were also fully entrenched in the fair trade world. We went through several audits and were scaling up continually. But a watershed moment came and we realized as a social enterprise we would be making larger social impact if we scaled out rather than scaled up.
What do you think is the futrure of social enterprise? Scaling UP or Scaling OUT.
Some pointers based on my experience with working with rural and urban community members
The key purpose of the training program is always, “how do we enable increased access to livelihood opportunities for the community.” Mapping and exploring their outside environment, and their inner fears and insecurities. Understanding their skills and available resources as a group is key to a successful setting up and running of a social enterprise.
objectives of the training are:
- Developing mechanisms to identify problems, gaps , needs or challenges in their environment and to come up with practical solutions.
- Identifying and articulating their individual skills, knowledge, passion, talent – whatever they can bring to the table
- Ideas to put all available resources, land, capital and time to productive use of earning an increased income and reduce unemployment
- Be able to initiate AND run a sustainable social enterprise. Take responsibility and ownership.
Inspirational quote – Bill Drayton , Ashoka
Social entrepreneurs are not content just to give fish or teach you how to fish. they will not rest until they have changed the fishing industry
Social brands are increasing globally. Number of companies are racing to get their brands associated with social enterprise. CSR funds are being are being used to create social brands. More and more Ngo’s are moving towards a social enterprise model. The social enterprise industry is getting bigger and gaining attention globally.
European Union is thinking of creating a label, just as there is a label for organic products, fair trade products. But do we really need a label for social enterprises?
A top down solution will not work
Labels are always expensive for small producer groups. Getting certified and due diligence process cost money and highly educated manpower. Most social enterprises are managed by cooperative members. A top down solution is being suggested by the western world. We must not let this label emerge. Lets not set legal boundaries or be fooled by vested interests. It’s a sunrise industry .More innovation and newer models in this sector have yet to happen.
Conserve India engaging foundations to beat plastic pollution – join our campaign to name and shame these following companies. Like and share this post. Its important that they understand the citizens want cleaner environment. POLLUTER PAY PRINCIPLE is here to stay. The citizens have been given this defence weapon by the highest court of the land.
- Karnataka milk co-op
- Mother Dairy
- Kerala mil co -op
- Parle Agro
- Aparna Group
“One species becomes extinct every 10 minutes. If not taken care of, this might become the next biggest catastrophe since the extinction of dinosaurs. The hour is upon us. Save the planet with #BluePlanetHackathon. hck.re/bph3 #hackathon #nature #conservation”
this campaign is to be a platform where thinkers, designers and developers from all over the world come together to create ideas and solutions that can potentially change people’s lives and be the next step towards environment conservation.
be a part of this global campaign – the blue planet hackathon. this beautiful plant that we live in , if not cared for and looked after will continue on this path of degradation eventually making life impossible.
A quirky and highly durable, light-weight wallet that doubles as a clutch and a sling . check out http://www.lifaffa.com
Upcycled clutch, from CONSERVE INDIA’S Fashion Brand LIFFAFFA, keeping in mind the delicate state of the earth and also helping those less privileged than ourselves. Check out lifaffa.com
Born of a desire to combat India’s twin problems of poverty and waste through fashion. LIFAFFA is a brand that stands for contemporary values and new-age fashion while combining social justice and environmental regeneration in its products.
Upcycled lap top bag . Light and Waterproof. Check out – Conserve India’s fashion brand http://www.lifaffa.com
Upcycled Accessories for the Urban Sophisticate
Much like the trees in Autumn, India is withering its old leaves of caste, corruption, social prejudices and exploitation. India is awakening to a new society of fair means and ethical ways – with the vision of equality, gender justice and ethical products. While there are many storms she bears in the friction that accompanies this change, there will but come Spring. We celebrate the beginning of the change and salute Autumn Within.
“Like flames upon an altar shine the sheaves;
And, following thee, in thy ovation splendid,
Thine almoner, the wind, scatters the golden leaves!”– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
R.K Laxman was an Indian cartoonist, illustrator and humourist. He was known for his creation The Common Man and for his daily cartoon strip, You Said It, in the Times of India, which started in 1951. He captured the essence of Conserve India’s upcycling plastic project in his cartoon. I remember meeting him, in his office. We had just started the Handmade Recycled Plastic project. And was really excited about its potential.
Next day, I saw the cartoon. !
Is Non profit or a social enterprise, a good career choice
This question has been asked many times in the last several years. Why do people work in the non-profit sector. Is it a calling? Did I hear some inner voice and decide to walk that path. or was it a vocation? A well to do bored wife takes to social work for some interesting drawing-room conversation.
Neither of the extreme position is right. I started work in the non-profit sector because i felt responsible as a citizen of my community, city , country and this planet. Didn’t Gandhijee say, be the change that you wont to see the change in our society. I realized that I loved fund-raising for a cause. And the cause should be close to my heart.I knew that I would not become rich working in the non-profit sector but I wanted my heart to be full. I was able to hire people who inspired me to do better. I realized I bond better with people whom I admire. A job is , I guess, you do regularly in order to earn money. In this the goal is to earn money. It is an end in itself. So if you are looking for good salaries than non profit sector is not the right sector.
Profitable Social Enterprise
There is a lot of confusion about the meaning of social enterprise. A social enterprise is a registered company, profits of which do not go to the shareholders but to the social projects which the social enterprise is committed too. We ran a successful social enterprise for 15 years. it was profitable and we grew at 30% a year. But the Board members and the CEO of the company did not see a great increase in their personal fortunes. We were committed to sustaining and growing our social projects. There are a lot of problems attached to this and many times each one of us had to look onto hearts and see where the anger and confusions were coming from. It’s not easy, in today’s time, to distribute the profits to social projects.
As Ngo’s become more business like, the salary model will change but nobody can deny that the bonds one forms , the experiences one gains and the empathy one acquires working in a non-profit is unparalleled. Would love to know your comments. do write .
Health Camp Organized by Conserve India