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PROJECTS

Some ongoing Projects of Green for Life Foundation (G4L) .

Inhouse Projects
- Urban waste removal. Study of municipal methods for garbage collection and disposal.
- "NO to plastic" campaign.
------ a) Bookmarks have been created and distributed making people aware of the dangers of plastic.
------ b) Recycled cloth bags have been made and distributed as an alternative to plastic bags.
------ c) Recycled newspaper bags have been made and distributed as an alternative to disposable polythene POS plastic bags.
- Less to Landfills. Pilot project in a Kolkata locality to encourage segregation of household waste, so that plastic and recyclables are prevented from reaching the landfill. G4L provides participating households eco friendly, liquid-resistant paper bags for food waste, etc; which will go into the municipal garbage, and tough recycled newspaper bags for plastics and recyclables; which trained G4L workers collect from the housholds on demand. There is a hotline number where a person can call or sms if they need more bags, or to schedule a collection of a full bag of recyclables.
- Organic cultivation. Green for Life Foundation has been promoting safe and healthy food through its Organic farm, at Baneshapur, some distance from Kolkata, for the last few years. The produce is available to the public, so that they can see for themselves the goodness of natural, sustainable agriculture. We have also encouraged farmers, with good success, to switch to organic farming methods, creating an Organic Farmers Network. A seed bank to preserve agricultural biodiversity and keep natural/organic seeds from extinction is also being planned.

Projects of EarthSmiles.net
- GreenRoots. A project in Kolkata's schools to green young minds, through talks, film, quizzes and eco-activity. Besides being a forum to promote greeness, the project runs sub programmes such as recycling of plastic pens (in association with Linc Pens) disposed of by students, and the re-use of books donated by students to their juniors in any GreenRoots school.
- PlanetPoints. PlanetPoints is EarthSmiles.net's eco-labelling programme which currently focuses in certifying The Pujas - the largest cultural event in Bengal - greening the festival through direct interaction, input and planning with local Puja organisers across Kolkata. Organisers must fulfil detailed criteria to have their events certified. These include the eco-credentials of suppliers, material used for Pandals, eco-friendliness of processes during the event days and overall impact to the environment. EarthSmiles.net auditors work with members of each puja to guide and monitor the events Environmental Action Plan for certification and reduce the events carbon footprint. PlanetPoints is currently working towards achieving profiency in Organic agriculture to enable certification of produce of the G4L farmers network.
- Green Gadgets. EarthSmiles.net creates and build a "green gadget" as proof of concept and inspiration to green enthusiasts, who can replicate or acquire the gadget from the Green for Life Foundation. Previous gadgets have been mini Solar water heater, Solar Oven (2 models). A solar cooler for rural areas and a non-motorised, car-like vehicle, are still under development.
- Return2Life. Social responsibility of individuals and corporations go hand-to-hand when it comes to ewaste management. Earthsmiles.net gives information and helps parties and helps parties to safely dispose of their ewaste, either to G4L or 3rd party specialised recyclers.

Projects with Development Research Communication and Service Centre (DRCSC)
- Building and supporting farmers network. DRCSC has been working towards the promotion and empowerment of organic farmers, with distribution and marketing of organic products.
- Organic Farmer Monitoring and Assistance. This phase of the support network has started with the establishment of a Organic Agri Info Service, giving regular updates of agricultural/weather conditions, on demand through voice or SMS to the farmers. An organic Helpdesk will also be established as part of this project. Farmers would also be able to avail of a system that links them directly to customers/buyers. Action research by DRCSC and field visits by the DRCSC staff would also strengthen and support the farmers network and enable 100% sustainable practices in cultivation.

Coordination Office:
89D Shakespeare Sarani
Kolkata 700017
WB, India
Ph: +91 33 40003930
Why Organic?
Interview of Aparajita Sengupta,
organic farmer and activist.
From EarthUpdated! TV
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