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An Alternative Model of Sustainable Living: the case of Auroville in India.

IOSR Journal Of Humanities And Social Science (IOSR-JHSS)

Volume 20, Issue 11, Ver. V (Nov. 2015) PP 38-49

e-ISSN: 2279-0837, p-ISSN: 2279-0845.

An Alternative Model of Sustainable Living: the case of Auroville in India

Nandini Gangopadhyay and Prof. Premangshu Chakraborty Department of Geography University of Kalyani West Bengal

Community recycling and reuse projects

WELLPAPER is another project which was inspired by the concept of sustainability in 2005 in Auroville. WELLPAPER stands for Womens Empowerment through Local Livelihood. It was initiated in 2005 in South India as a tsunami relief effort to provide alternative livelihood to

affected families from local areas. It gradually developed into a social enterprise model for women from the villages in Auroville. WELLPAPER promotes products made of recycled materials and thus promotes the sustainability clause as well. WELL PAPER uses waste magazines and news papers to create beautiful handicrafts. The waste produced in their units during work process is also recycled and remodelled into other crafts at Well Studio. At WELLPAPER instead of heavy machinery only simple tools like scissors and needles

are used. Since Auroville discourages the use of plastic bags paper bags and recycled shopping bags are widely

used (Well Paper, n.d. para 1).

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