It is common for us read a newspaper once and never pick it up again.
Did you know that wastage of newspaper is one of the leading causes of paper pollution? Even after recycling the paper, it is estimated that the recovery rate of paper in India is only 26 percent.
We, at 21Fools tried to make an effort to bridge this gap by making India's very first newspaper that is printed on plantable seed paper. This newspaper will not pile up in your house but will turn itself into a beautiful green plant.
Our inspiration of making this sustainable newspaper was was born when Mr Anand Mahindra, Chairman of Mahindra Group tweeted about a Japanese newspaper that grew into wildflowers.
Mahindra Group is one of the leading companies in our country that takes extra efforts to ensure sustainability and conservation of the environment. So we made a newspaper dedicated to Mahindra Group and named it "Mahindra Newsletter" just like they do. This newspaper features their eco-friendly initiatives towards to environment as well as the society.
This newspaper is made out of waste cotton and is embedded with marigold seeds. After reading, it can be covered in a thin layer of soil and watered regularly. In a few days, the newspaper will bloom into beautiful flowers.
With this, we encourage and support every sustainable alternative that prevents the wastage of paper. Apart from newspapers, we make seed paper calendars, coasters, wedding invites, business cards and various other products that grow into greens.
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Being Eco-friendly is not just limited to planting trees or managing waste. You can now adopt a green lifestyle at an individual scale with the help of these apps.
Below are our top 5 green apps across a range of applications, that could help you stay sustainable, expand your eco-knowledge as well as save money!
With an attractive green interface, Joulebug tops our list. This app makes the entire saving-the-planet concept into a fun and entertaining game.
With every sustainable effort that you make, just update the app and you can earn Pins, Trophies, Badges and other fun goodies.
This serves as a great motivation to become greener and earn more goodies. It also allows you to compete with people, thus making the overall experience more engaging.
This app uses GPS to calculate your carbon footprint based on your travel. It tracks your carbon emission in a chart format where you can set monthly goals to decrease your emission.
In addition, It can also track your electricity and gas consumption with the help of your electricity bills data to further contribute to consumption.
Ps- This app is free!
If you happen to be a fuel hog and have no idea why, this app can be your best friend.
The app tracks the energy consumption for your car, detects excess energy consumption and changes your driving habits making your car fuel-efficient.
Eco-Dice serves as another amusing way to eco-fy your lifestyle. Simply toss the dice using your touch screen and the app assigns you a green task to complete for that day. The tasks are as simple as carrying your own grocery bag, turning off an appliance or using the public transport. If you want to contribute to saving the environment but don't know how, this app is for you.
If you happen to be a Shopaholic and wish to make eco-friendly choices, this app will be your paradise. Ranging from Clothing and Personal Care to Pets and Gifts, this app has an extensive variety of products to choose from. It only displays brands that do good for people, animals, and the planet.
We all wish to be eco-friendly, but sometimes require that “push” to execute our thoughts and intentions into actions. Apps serve as an engaging medium in changing our attitude and in general, adopting a healthier and greener lifestyle. Are you going to give them a try?