What is the difference between Recycling and Upcycling?
Recycling is the process of turning waste into a reusable material or product. It involves taking common household items, such as paper, glass, and plastic, breaking down the materials, and using them to form another product that is often of lesser quality and mostly using heat or chemicals in the process. For example, the quality of plastic and paper slightly decreases every time it is recycled.
Upcycling, on the other hand, is a form of recycling that turns waste into a material or product that is of a higher quality or use. You do not need to send items to a recycling center to be broken down using heat or chemicals. Instead, you just have to use your creativity to figure out new ways to re-purpose or fashion items.
How does Aarohana sell its UPCYCLED-HANDWOVEN products to conscious consumers?
Aarohana EcoSocial Developments sells its products via 5 different shopping channels:
1. On our online shop www.aarohana.org
2. At our office in Pune (India). Address is available on our website
3. We also sell directly through exhibitions in India and abroad. You can find our upcoming events on www.aarohana.org
4. We also export our UPCYCLED-HANDWOVEN products through Export partners in the USA, the UK, Singapore, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, Dubai, Costa Rica and some other countries.
Can we donate waste plastic to Aarohana EcoSocial Developments for Upcycling?
Yes! You can! We accept 4 types of waste plastic such as:
· Poly carry bags
· Multi-layered packaging like food wrappers, detergent packets and more
· Glittery Gift Wrappers
· Old Audio/Video Cassette Tapes
Please make sure that they are CLEAN and NO waste particle lingering inside the bags.
Carefully cut; straight cut at the bottom or at the
top and open the gift wrappers. Watch the below video for better understanding…
What type of waste plastic Aarohana EcoSocial Developments do NOT accept?
We do not accept the following types of waste:
· Oil Packets
· Milk Packets
· Pet Bottles
· Tetra Packs
· Small Sachets like shampoo, ketchup etc.
Where can we donate waste plastic to Aarohana EcoSocial Developments?
We do not have any collection centres or do not provide a collection service.
However, you can ship your plastic or drop your package at our office. Our address is as given HERE
Can we order Aarohana’s UPCYCLED-HANDWOVEN products in bulk? Is there any discount given on bulk order?
Yes, you can order in bulk. We can offer special price and also customize the product (depends on feasibility) depending upon the order size. For more information, please contact _____________________________
Please note: Same color in bulk is not possible as our raw material is waste plastic.
We want to give Aarohana’s products as corporate gifts. What is the procedure?
We can offer special price for corporate orders. We also customize the products (depending on feasibility) according to the requirements of the client and the order size.
For more information please contact _____________________
Can we customize UPCYCLED-HANDWOVEN product?
Yes, you may. But we only accept customization in bulk order. For more information, please contact _________________________________
Can I also join Aarohana EcoSocial Developments?
Yes! You can!
We, at Aarohana EcoSocial Developments are always looking for passionate people to join our Green Team!
You can either volunteer, intern or join our team by sending your resume and cover letter stating why you want to join and how can you contribute at _________________
We also update our job requirements on our website under ‘Careers’ tab at www.aarohana.org/careers
ORDERING and PAYMENT
How can I place an order of Aarohana’s UPCYCLED-HANDWOVEN product(s)?
You can order easily using our online platform. Click on www.aarohana.org and go to the menu “Shop Online”. Browse through our categories and products. When you find a product you need, you can click on “Add to Cart” button. You can repeat this to add other products you require to the “Cart” and click on the “Checkout” button. You will then be asked to create an account, and then you go through the ordering process with great ease. After your order is placed, we will send an email to you, with your Order Summary. Order summary will also be stored in your account.
What payment methods can I use to place an online order?
We accept the following payment methods on our website:
1) All the major Credit/Debit cards are accepted.
2) Another option is PayUMoney, CCAvenue, PayPal and Transferwise, which some of the safest portals.
3) You can also use NEFT/Bank
Account number: 055220110000198
Account holder's name: Aarohana EcoSocial Developments
Current / Savings: Current
IFSC Code: BKID0000552
SWIFT Code: BKIDINBBPMB
Bank Name and address: Bank of India, Karve Nagar, Pune, India
PAN Card: AAMCA3963H
What should I do if the payment is not accepted while placing an order?
Please try again in a little while. If the payment is still not accepted, please verify your account balance, whether the payment is debited or not. If everything is as it should, but you still can't make the payment, please contact on the number mentioned in the Contact Us section on our website to notify us about the problem. We will manage the order manually for you.
How can I change the delivery address after placing an order on the website?
Please contact on the number mentioned in the Contact Us section on our website, to notify us about the problem. We will change the delivery address of the order manually.
What are the delivery charges for my order?
Delivery charges are dependent on the shipment requirements. We have a flat rate on products. You can see the shipping fees on the checkout process before the payment is made.
What kind of packaging will be used to courier my order?
Our packaging is plastic free. We use the waste fabric pieces of the lining cloth as our packing material. The details of the shipment are handwritten by marker and it is couriered through Post Office via Speed Post or another reliable courier company.
Are there any discounts offered on the bulk order of Aarohana’s UPCYCLED-HANDWOVEN product(s)?
Yes, we do offer bulk discounts. Please mail us at email@example.com with your requirements.
Can I cancel my order?
If you want to cancel your order, please do so as soon as possible. If we have already processed your order, you need to contact us and return them ONLY if they are unused and sent in the exact condition they were delivered to you.
Do I have to order online only?
You can order by visiting online shop www.aarohana.org and placing an order through our online shop or contacting us on the number mentioned in the Contact Us section of our website
Online ordering is preferred in most cases because by ordering online, you will save time, you will have an easier payment process and all the information about the order will be accessible for you anytime.
Can I return Aarohana’s UPCYCLED-HANDWOVEN product(s) after I have received the order?
No, we do not have a return policy but we do offer an Exchange option. If you want to exchange product(s), please contact on the number mentioned in the Contact Us section on our website.
How to create an account on Aarohana’s website?
Go to www.aarohana.org and observe the icon on the top right corner of the page. Click “Create a new account”, then just fill in all the needed information and click “Create”. After submitting the form, your account will be confirmed and you will be notified.
Can I retrieve my forgotten password on Aarohana’s website?
You can retrieve your password by clicking “Forgot password?” Instruction on password retrieval will be sent to your email.
How do I change my personal details or email address on my Aarohana’s account?
You can easily change all your information on your account. Go to the www.aarohana.org and log in, then click “My account” and “Edit”. Here you can change all your contact information.
Are my details safe? How secure is Aarohana EcoSocial Developments’ website?
Our web store is secured with an SSL certificate. This means the information you input is encrypted and it will not be available for third parties.
COUPONS AND MY CASHBACK
How do I apply a coupon on my order?
You can apply a coupon on the cart page before order placement. The complete list of your unused and valid coupons will be available under “My Coupons” tab of Website/M-site.
Do you ship Aarohana’s UPCYCLED-HANDWOVEN products worldwide?
Yes, we do ship our products worldwide. We also have partners in the USA, the UK, Dubai and Australia
Can I track my order online?
Yes, you can track your order. We will send you the tracking details of the shipment when the parcel has been couriered.
What will be the Shipping time of the courier?
Shipping time depends on the delivery address given by the customer. Shipping time will be confirmed upon the order confirmation to the customer.
What will be the Shipping cost of the courier?
Shipping costs are dependent on your location and products on your order. Our online store shows the shipping fee and shipping cost is automatically added during the checkout process.
Can I change my shipping address in my Aarohana account?
You can easily change your shipping address on your account. You just need to login and click “my account” and “edit”. You can also change the shipping address during the checkout process if you need. Just click “edit” below “shipping address”.
EXCHANGE POLICY AND AFTER CARE
What is Aarohana's Exchange Policy? How does it work?
Aarohana's exchange policy gives you an option to exchange items purchased for any reason within the specified exchange period (7 days from the date of the delivery). We only ask that you don't use the product and preserve its original condition, tags, and packaging. You are welcome to try on a product but please take adequate measure to preserve its condition.
You can return the product(s) to us by couriering
it to our Pune office address, as provided on the Website.
How do I care for my Aarohana’s UPCYCLED-HANDWOVEN products?
Aarohana EcoSocial Developments makes each and every product with love and care for you, our conscious customer.
Following are the care instructions
- GENTLE HAND WASH with EcoFriendly detergent
- Some of our products have been combined with natural dyed fabric, sourced from our partner artisans. Natural dye bleeds its color, hence best is to wash our products separately from other clothes/bags
- Do not wash them in the washing machine
- Do not wring the product
- Do not use bleach
- Do not iron
- Do not keep/dry in harsh sunlight
- Keep away from extreme heat like dryers, blowers, heaters etc
Can I get my Aarohana’s UPCYCLED-HANDWOVEN product repaired?
Closing the Loop is very important to Aarohana EcoSocial Developments. We strongly believe in "Repair" and have added it to our 5 R's framework, namely REFUSE, REDUCE, REUSE, REPAIR and RECYCLE or UPCYCLE!
Come to our workshop in Pune or courier us your old products, and we will repair it for FREE!!! So that you can use our products for as many years to come without throwing them away and if the product reaches the end of its life, then send it back to us, so that we will upcycle it further or dispose it off safely!
Does Aarohana sell its products on any other platforms than your website?
Does Aarohana have stores in Bangalore/Mumbai or other city?
Apart from Pune, we do not have stores in any other city.
Can Aarohana help other Team who too are working in the field of livelihood in their city and want to apply start same process of plastic upcycling?
At present we are a small team want to expand our work. We do not have the resources to train/help other team in this regard.
When is Aarohana coming to my city?
Please do check our Events page on www.aarohana.org