THE CROAK is a weekly environmental newsletter put out by the eCoexist team. It is the voice of the environment on its last legs, the final croak that can either be a plea for attention or a call of triumph as the frogs jump out of the well of ignorance and denial.
Reducing waste beautifully!
At eCoexist we believe Beauty is essential part of Nature. Creativity and art are forms of Lakshmi in themselves, creating an energy of abundance and prosperity especially in products created out of waste. This Diwali, we have an assortment of small gifts that you can offer, packaging solutions for your gifting and also natural products such as kumkum that has been lab tested for heavy metals.
All our products are made by womens self help groups and artisans that earn from these endeavours. Most of the products are made using waste fabrics and none of them are polluting in any way.
Lamps and divas are the most beautiful aspect of the Festival of Lights - rather than using disposable clay divas why don't we shift to more permanent reusable ones? The Magic Diyas we have in terracotta can be filled with oil from the bottom and when turned upright the oil does not spill out anymore - MAGIC!
We also have a range of ceramic diyas made by the KupRkabi group in Mumbai - these lamps are made by womens self help groups and come in a range of bright colours.
Buntings and Torans
These stunning buntings and torans are made using waste and fresh fabrics - they will last for years and can also be used to decorate childrens rooms or for special events.
Paper temple - Devalaya - DIY
Here is a unique Diwali gift - this temple is made completely out of corrugated paper - it can be assembled and broken down to be stored - make s lovely gift for children to learn the significance of temples and sacred space. You can use it for an actual pooja or simply as a toy for children to play with.
You would never guess what these pencil cases are made from - recycled calendar backs. Desktop calendars have sturdy black card backs that need not be thrown away at the end of the calendar year. We collect them from corporates and convert them into these elegant cases that can be used for stationary or spectacles.
Kumkum is a big part of Diwali - but are you sure that the kumkum you are using is free of chemicals? eCoexist has been promoting pure kumkum made of turmeric for several years now - we have lab tested the kumkum to make sure it is free of heavy metals such as Lead Mercury Cadmium and Arsenic.
And lastly make sure you don't use any plastics to wrap your gifts - offer them in our cloth packaging solutions - adorable pouches for jewellery and larger drawstring bags than can be later used to store shoes or lingerie when travelling.
The Croak is a weekly environmental newsletter put out by the eCoexist team. It is the voice of the environment on its last legs, the final croak that can either be a plea for attention or a call of triumph as the frogs jump out of the well of ignorance and denial. Satirical, urgent and wise the newsletter brings to your attention, topics of global environmental relevance as well as emerging encouraging alternatives. Put together by a team of passionate Nature lovers, The Croak hopes to look at the environmental crisis in its face. It is a tool to reconnect readers to Nature, through questioning and self reflection. To understand the outer environment as a reflection of our own inner state, individually and as a species. And to take responsibility for enabling change.
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