Speaking about climate change at the Oscars ceremony this year, Leonardo DiCaprio highlighted the importance of acknowledging the gravity of the climate change problem since it is REAL. He said, “Let us not take this planet for granted. I do not take tonight for granted.” He further added, “A world that we collectively felt in 2015 as the hottest year in recorded history. Climate change is real, it is happening right now. It is the most urgent threat facing our entire species, and we need to work collectively together and stop procrastinating. We need to support leaders around the world who do not speak for the big polluters … but who speak for all of humanity.”
There are many people across the world who share this ideology, and then there are entrepreneurs too who have taken a step towards raising awareness about the environmental protection issue. They could have easily invested into an e-commerce startup, or any commercial business for that matter, bringing them tons of profits every year but they chose to take the other path, the path that is certainly not easy and warrants undivided dedication for years to come.
Here are 8 Indian startups which deserve attention for supporting the REAL cause:
They have created a resistant, cheap, and easy-to-use method to generate energy from cows’ manure. SustainEarth team is an amalgamation of expertise in renewable energy solutions, conviction to listen, and engage with the rural communities and a passion to impact through sustainable technologies.
Established in 2009, the company operates in East India to provide clean energy solutions to villages. They provide decentralized energy solutions to undeserved households and institutions. Besides, their wide range of solar products, Onergy have also launched new and innovative products like solar TV, solar computer, solar micro grids and solar irrigation systems.
Initially a Mumbai startup and expanded to the rest of the country, this social enterprise promote waste recycling as well as waste pickers’ dignity. For biodegradable waste they use Biogas plant or Composting, and non-biodegradable waste is channelized to recycling units.
The company has engineered a patent pending idea into an automatic garbage machine to segregate waste into easily manageable blocks. It is fundamentally focused on providing solutions to address the need of current environmental challenges.
A Bengaluru based company that encourages waste management at a hyper local level. They focus on building the capacities of the Institutions like the Municipal Corporation as well as support progressive policies around waste management.
Based in Hyderabad, PaperWaste, spreads awareness on usage of paper in our daily life. They pick up paper waste from individual households and corporate and take it to the paper re-cycling mills.
Taking advantage from the fact that farmers can keep bees only if they grow organic product, founder Shrikant Gajbhiye encourages them to introduce the striped insects in their farms. This, in turn, not only offer an additional source of income from the sale of honey and wax, but it helps increasing the annual yield.
Founded by IIM Calcutta alumnus in 2009, ReNew IT, collects computers and other electronic devices disposed by big corporate companies which are still in good conditions. After fixing them and clear the data, they sell it back to the market at a very reasonable price. The primary goal of our company is to increase the number of high-quality, low-cost PCs and related parts and accessories available to Students, NGOs, Small Businesses and other users.
Overall, Indian startups are heading to a more eco-friendly setups as a step towards a cleaner and greener environment.