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Aarohana’s Upcycled-Handwoven Products turn 3!!!

Happy Birthday To Us! Happy Birthday To Us! Happy Birthday! Happy- Happy Birthday! Happy Birthday to Us!

Yay! We are 3 years old. You can surely tell, we are excited. And why wouldn’t we be? In this past 3 years Aarohana Upcycled Handwoven has grown heaps upon heaps ( heaps upon heaps of Upcycled Plastic Bags and other products, that is).

These heaps of growth wouldn’t have been without you, our lovely customers and patrons.

You were there, loving and supporting us, throughout this wonderful journey. And it is time we, Team Aarohana, give you a little something-something. What could it be? A little box of happiness perhaps? Scroll down below, to see the exciting offers and gifts we have got for you. There is #somethingforeveryone.

*All you have to do is send us a little video or a photo testimonial, perhaps of your Aarohana Product and you get a special gift from Aarohana, right in time for the festive season.

**Shop at Pune Store or shop online and get and a free gift.

***And last but not the least, a special offer for our loyal customers. Bring in or ship your damaged Aarohana Product and we will repair it for free. Plus you also get a free gift

Come over and visit our new Office and take up these wonderful offers, before all our products are off the shelf.

Like we said, there is #Somethingforeveryone and no one will leave unhappy. Be a part of our birthday month celebrations and enjoy our wide variety of upcycled handwoven products, made with love and care of our #Upcyclingwarriors and Artisans.

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Wrapped!

Was our planet gift wrapped for us by its Creator?

Imagine the entire Earth being wrapped in Plastic? Doesn’t this spec of our imagination, give you goosebumps or suffocate you, perhaps? That is how it is going to be, if we do not take the threat of plastic and the pollution it causes seriously!

Now coming back to the ‘wrapping’ part? When was the last time you wrapped a gift for someone in a glittery wrapper or received one yourself? What purpose does a glittery, shiny wrapping paper serve? (oops.. did I just say paper.. It is wrapping plastic, right?) So what purpose does this glittery plastic serve, apart from making your gift look pretty? What do you do with it when its purpose is served? (Too many questions, too little time) Throw it away, perhaps or if opened properly the first time, reuse it once more for some other gift! Eventually the gift wrapping plastic, runs its course and ends up in the landfills, as its multi-layered property makes it unfit for regular recycling. And the harm it causes becomes just another statistic.

However, there are ways that the shiny and glittery piece of plastic can be UPCYCLED, in ways you have never thought of!

Think about the upcycling part this way, who does not like a good and functional handbag? The answer is everybody! So how about using a functional bag which is made by upcycling the shiny gift wrapping plastic? Yes! Fully Functional Bags can be made by upcycling the left over plastic. While the thought of using a bag made of upcycled plastic may sound fancy, also think about the other benefits you are achieving for yourself and for the next generations:

  1. Removing these from the environment where they would stay for 100s and 1000s of years
  2. Saving millions of life forms from getting stuck in this plastic or swallowing it
  3. Removing some of the litter it causes, which is a sore to our eyes
  4. Setting a fashion trend by promoting eco-conscious fashion choice
  5. Supporting sustainable fashion
  6. Supporting the livelihoods of our tribal women and youth!

Yes, thats what Aarohana EcoSocial Developments and our very creative tribal and underprivileged youth and women do!

First the gift wrappers are collected, sorted and cleaned. Then they are cut manually, just using a pair of scissors. Now is the fun part, where a traditional CHARKHA and HANDLOOM are used to convert these gift wrappers into a beautiful shiny fabric, ready to be used for making your favourite UPCYCLED-HANDWOVEN “Glitter” product from Aarohana EcoSocial Developments. Voila!

These awesome bags, diaries, home decor and office utility products are up for grabs! Click on the photos to grab some of our choicest and awesomest Combinations NOW!

The Show it off Combo (A perfect combo for those who like to slay, the sustainable fashion way)

The Work it Combo (This one is for the Go-Getters)

Love thy Greens Combo (A perfect one for those, who love, live and breathe the colour Green)

These wonderful Combos are now available on the website.Click on the link below and Grab your Upcycled and Handwoven combo

Aarohana Combo

PS: You can also give us the material for the bags (Address given in the link below)

Aarohana Eco-social Developments

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Plastic Ban- A much debated yet much needed Ban – by Zitin Munshi

I live in Mumbai, the Financial Capital of India. The city that never sleeps. My city is a city of stark contrasts (we will get back to that in a minute). The everyday hustle and bustle is an integral part of any Mumbaikar’s life. Add to that the ever-rising pollution in the City, too. Now back to the contrast, my city has everything from High Rises to Asia’s Largest Slums and State of the Art Highways to Garbage Dumps.

Recently, during one of my Shopping Excursions, I noticed an unfamiliar sight, the shop keepers who always handed out a 2-rupee plastic bag, where now, promptly handing out a 2-rupee Paper Bag. “A City that has contributed too much, to the plastic waste has suddenly turned eco-friendly, how? And why?” I asked myself.

It was then that I realized that the unrelenting shopkeepers where now adhering to the much-wanted Plastic Ban that the Maharashtra Government had enforced a day earlier.

On 23rd March, 2018, a much awaited and wanted notification for the Plastic Ban was initiated. The Government banned manufacture, sale and use of plastic bags, disposable plastic spoons, forks, cups, glasses, containers, PET bottles less than 500 ml, and thermocol for decoration.Now with a few modifications and implementations, the ban has been put in place from 23rd June, 2018.

The ban was brought under the Maharashtra Non-Biodegradable Garbage (Control) Act enacted in 2006. However, the Act, was modified to allow PET bottles of all capacity “made of high quality food grade virgin Bisphenol-A free material” with a pre-defined buyback policy printed on it.

Maharashtra generates around 1200 metric tonnes of plastic waste every day. Imagine the waste generated every day by India, by Asia and by the 7 billion+ people on our planet.

With Maharashtra coming through with the Ban I hope other states follow the suite too.

A much-needed change and small step towards saving our planet.

Why Ban Plastic?

Here is an Infographic from the Times of India to understand why the Ban on plastic is necessary

Here are a few links to help you understand what the ban on Plastic means.

https://www.firstpost.com/india/maharashtra-plastic-ban-govt-seems-determined-to-implement-18-march-order-heres-all-you-need-to-know-4428509.html

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/maharashtra-after-state-wide-plastic-ban-whats-allowed-whats-not-the-way-forward-5119185/

https://www.deccanchronicle.com/lifestyle/health-and-wellbeing/170318/maharashtra-bans-plastic-5-reasons-why-plastics-are-bad-for-everyone.html