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Happy Cardboards

As my work gets more digital, I have been trying harder to look for tangible examples of design and art to draw inspiration from. My end of the week design inspiration is HAPPY Cardboards by Niti Parikh Studio. HAPPY Cardboards are laser cut and etched reclaimed and recycled materials transformed into fun and interesting interior [...]


Kyra is a compostable, completely natural, environmentally sustainable, detergent powder made from certified organic soapberries- Visit Krya website here

Redesigning the rickshaw ecosystem

I have always found 3 wheeler rickshaws that ply the roads of India extremely convenient. They are everywhere, affordable and go places where a taxi cab cannot. Its common knowledge that these two stroke engine vehicles are huge pollutants. Auto rickshaws seem like such a South Asian phenomenon that its tough to believe that rickshaws [...]

The Sustainable Urbanist – Jyoti Hosagrahar Part 1

Jyoti Hosagrahar is faculty at Columbia University, New York and Director of Sustainable Urbanism International at Columbia University, and Bangalore, India. Architect, planner, and historian, she advises on urban development, historic conservation, and sustainability issues in Asia. Her research interests include urban heritage, cultural and environmental sustainability of cities focusing on the intersections of nature, [...]

The Indovators – Part 1 | Lina Srivastava

Lina Srivastava is the Principal of Lina Srivastava Consulting, LLC, which focuses on employing strategy, innovation, engagement and the use of cultural assets to create and demonstrate social change. For our new feature ‘The Indovators’, Lina talks about opportunities for indian designers in the fields of service design, information design, systems design, climate change and [...]

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Disposable mugs

Unlike the westerners Indians use water to clean themselves after going to the toilet. However while traveling in cramped trains, the toilets have running water, but dont have containers or mugs to store the water to clean with. This unique problem has been addressed by Paul Sandeep. He designed a sustainable, disposable mug that could [...]

The Sun King Solar Lantern – Energy everyone can afford

Greenlight Planet is a startup based in Mumbai that sells affordable solar LED lights targeted at rural India. The sustainable solar design is a substitute for the kerosene lamps widely used in rural india. The lamp provides 16 hrs of electricity on a single days charge and is known to be twice as bright as [...]

Daily Dump – Compost at home

As a service, Daily Dump helps you manage your household waste and convert it to useful high-quality compost. It supports you with flexible service plans to achieve your goal of becoming a green citizen. Daily Dump is involved in developing a range of composting solutions. The Daily Dump products are designed to ensure that you [...]