India is a country where 60 percent of its population lives in villages. It is rightly said that the soul of India dwells in its villages. As a person who have lived in the cities, the village lifestyle is quite attractive. I get to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy the peaceful, calm and quiet life for a while. Then why do we see a trend that more and more people from villages migrate to cities which are already overpopulated and over polluted !
The ground realities about life in rural areas of India are much different. There are lack of basic necessities such as inadequate power supply, enough economic activities or job that make living in rural India a challenge. The infrastructure, heath care and education facilities are not respectable. The agriculture, primary occupation in rural areas, is also marred by climate change effects such as irregular and inadequate rainfall.
The Indian government as well as many not for profit organisation have realized these issues. They have taken the bold and decisive initiative to improve the living conditions in rural India. But the mere size and scale of problem is so huge that it need more efforts form many more actors. We at Leafymade are doing our best within our capacity to address some of these issues.
We make effort to enable and empower the tribal village communities in Odisha, India to be self employed or in other words to be entrepreneurs. They know their forests the best and have been sustainably living in and around them. Our efforts are to help them commercialize their traditional knowledge and help them to have secondary source of income. We primarily focus on the women communities and at present we have 200 women in our network involved in sourcing of the leafs used for Leafymade products.
I personally love spending time with these women. They are great source of inspiration. Their cheerful smiles and will to fight is something that I learn from them. In return, our team talk, discuss and teach them about women health issues, child care and many other issues. Next time when I go back to visit them, I will take a picture book of our customers in Sweden using their products. I am pretty sure they would love that.
Co founder, Leafymade
Stora Coop in Visby, Sweden saw their commitment on sustainability rewarded, winning the prestigious White Guide Green Sustainable Grocery Store of the Year 2019. What is the White Guide Green? The White Guide Green is the first initiative to map Sweden’s food stores for sustainability. Of nearly 300 food stores tested around Sweden, from Norrbotten […]READ MORE
Action against plastic waste has many drivers across the world, because for so many years plastics, styrofoam, and paper disposables had become such an integral part of our lifestyle. And now more than 10 million tons of plastics waste ends up in the ocean each year. FacebookTweetLinkedInREAD MORE
Leafymade provides one-time use tablewares that substitute conventional petroleum, and paper-based products for fully biodegradable products made from leaves. In Sweden alone, over 6 billion units of paper and plastic disposables are used for plates, cups, and take-away boxes. Our flagship products are leaf plates, the first of its kind in the Nordics, and they […]READ MORE
Do you know the Indian state of Odisha has a unique place in the tribal setting in India with 63 tribal communities (1), which constitute about 10 million people (Total population of Sweden, and there are about 5 Million tribal women in the state? YES, we are talking about the lives of 5 million tribal […]READ MORE
Plastics, styrofoam, and paper – a part of our lifestyle A few decades back, the invention of plastic and styrofoam made great sense. It made our life easy. Especially, the disposable made up of these materials stimulated our fast-paced lifestyle. One-time use items such as plates, takeaways, coffee cups, plastic cutleries became an essential […]READ MORE
It seems like summer was just yesterday, but here we are – scrolling our browsers in search of decoration ideas for Halloween! If you are like us, you have noticed how much single-use plastic waste gets thrown away during Halloween. This is why we came up with three sustainable alternatives to some classic Halloween decorations. […]READ MORE
There is a limit to how many resources Earth can provide. The linear economy not only depends on those scarce resources but also results in a non-biodegradable waste. However, there is an opportunity and a solution to these problems. If businesses and individuals reuse waste created from the production, the product life cycle doesn’t end […]READ MORE
A more sustainable living can be accomplished with small changes. We gathered some easy tips for you to reduce disposable plastic from your life. 1. Use soap bars. Instead of buying plastic packaged shower gel and shampoo every few weeks, you can use soap bars. Soap bars often come in paper or even without any […]READ MORE
India is a country where 60 percent of its population lives in villages. It is rightly said that the soul of India dwells in its villages. As a person who have lived in the cities, the village lifestyle is quite attractive. I get to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy […]READ MORE
As I grew up a lot changed around me. Life had its own pace and I reached to a point where I get to visit my mother once or twice in a year. One thing that I miss the most is the food prepared in the house by my mom. Even today, whenever I visit […]READ MORE
Leafymade is all about making disposable consumer products out of natural materials and therefore biodegradable. Our goal is providing a sustainable solutions to disposable plastic and paper. Yes, all our leaf products are for sure in complete harmony with nature! Our Motivation We are a team that is driven not only to reduce the footprint […]READ MORE