Natural Fibre

Sustainable Living

Innovation | Skill Development

As part of our sustainable living and skill development programme, young professionals work on innovation and skill development. Training programmes are organised to make eco-friendly goods, sustainable textiles and eco-friendly bags as an alternative to plastic products and thus support the efforts around reducing plastic pollution. We also promote programmes for the conservation of natural resources amongst local community members in villages through citizen science and experiential learning initiatives. Here is a brief overview of some of the programmes:

Eco-friendly bags and baskets made from Water Hyacinth

'From Weed and Waste towards Wealth'

Water hyacinth is known for its elastic yet tough property. It could be turned into fibre for making eco-friendly goods and bags that could enhance income for local community members. We organise skill development programmes for self-help groups (SHGs) in villages to help them create eco-friendly goods for creating sustainable livelihood opportunities. The conservation programme at Bhindawas Bird Sanctuary, a collaborative initiative of the Haryana Forest Department, Government of Haryana and Earthwatch Institute India, aims towards improving entrepreneurship opportunities of local self-help groups in Jhajjar District. The SHG members are trained to make eco-friendly bags and handicrafts from water hyacinth.

Eco-friendly goods from Sabai Grass

Promoting skill development of artisans and self-help groups for making eco-friendly handicrafts from Sabai Grass fibre in Bhubaneswar and Balasore, Odisha. Sabai Grass possesses high-quality fibre. Due to flexibility and strength, the leaves are utilised for making ropes and other utility articles.

  • Skill development programmes for village community members and self-help groups for making eco-friendly handicrafts from Rambans Fibre in Kimsar, Uttarakhand.

  • Skill development for women self-help groups to prepare eco-friendly goods, baskets and bags from Water Reed and Water Hyacinth Fibre to replace plastic bags and to promote the traditional heritage of Kauna Craft in Imphal East, Manipur.

  • Promoting skill development of community members and artisans for sustainable clothing using natural fibres such as Lotus, Bamboo and Aloe Vera with an aim to minimize carbon and water footprint in Bengaluru, Karnataka.

  • Promoting eco-friendly hand-knotted rugs by reducing carbon and water footprints. Skill development of the community members in Jaipur, Rajasthan.

  • Promoting handmade eco-friendly Gudri craft and reviving the age-old tradition of recycling waste cloth for creating bio-degradable goods and handicrafts in Delhi NCR.

  • Promoting research on the bamboo plantation and heavy metal and also promoting research on bamboo-based herbal tea.
    Skill development programmes for community members.

  • Promoting techniques of bamboo craft for local artisans and skill development for self-help groups in Kerala.

  • Promoting bamboo and water hyacinth based craft in Nalbari, Assam.