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  • How Donating Clothes Helps the Environment and contributes to Sustainable Lifestyle?

    As per reports in a fashion magazine, 73% of discarded clothes end up in landfills, that are brimming with so much urban waste that by 2050, India will require one the size of New Delhi to fit all of the waste it produces. That means in another 30 years, Indian will be brimming with urban waste.

    In the age of social media fashion gurus and influencers it’s easy to get caught up in the rat race of the hunt for the latest rags. The latest trends outfits soon becomes outdated and lingers on in the dark side of the closet piling up you wardrobe and eating up all your free space.

    Well, modern fashion is a fickle mistress, and her moods keep changing all the time, with new trends replacing old ones within a few months. So, what do you do with all the awesome clothes you just wore once and twice that tragically is outdated or no longer fitting clothes? 

    The answers lies in recycling, reuse and upcycle. Believe it or not, donating clothes not only helps bring a smile to someone needy but it’s actually great for the environment. Here is how:

    1. Donating Clothes reduces Landfill waste

    Every year, tons of clothing are discarded and end up in landfills. Many of these clothing items are in usable condition. These textiles can take up to 200+ years to decompose. Decomposing these textiles emit toxins that are released into the air and water, polluting the environment. The bigger these landfills, the higher the levels of pollution.

    If you reuse, repurpose or donate your clothes, you stop the landfills from getting bigger and give your clothes a new life; creating a positive effect on the environment.

    2. Old Clothes brings Smiles and Helps those in need

    By donating your clothes to charity, orphanages, old age homes or communities nearby you, you can help underprivileged people who cannot afford clothing and basic necessities.

    Clothes discard in landfills taking up space and polluting the environment can instead help the people that need them the most.

    Another way is to donate clothes to companies who are into upcycling. They recycle and find creative ways to reuse as long as possible.

    3. Saves Water and Reduces Water Pollution

    It takes 2,700 liters of water to make one cotton shirt. Fashion industry uses tonnes of water in the production of new clothes. By donating instead of throwing, you can break the cycle of overusing fresh water, hence saving tonnes of water

    Additionally, When the rain falls on textile landfills and the toxins released, the water rinses out the chemicals, and together they accumulate at the base of the landfill, eventually finding their way down to the groundwater.

    When you donate clothes and they’re reused by someone else, there’s no need for such high production of new items since there will be lesser demand. Hence, clothing donation saves water by protecting it from polluting chemicals. Think back to the huge landfills

    Please note the production of nylon (clothes made of synthetic materials) involve great greenhouse gas emissions, and nylon breaks down in the washing machines and causes a buildup of microplastics in our water systems.

    4. Lowers the Carbon Footprint in the Environment

    Certain fibers in mass-produced clothing don’t break down at all. As mentioned before, Textiles can take up to 200+ years to decompose in landfills. These textiles in landfills, release the most dangerous chemicals to our environment and the emissions contribute a large amount of greenhouse gases every year.

    Additionally, the production of new clothes requires a lot of power along with water. The more power you need, the bigger the emissions of greenhouse gases.

    The donation of clothing will ensure that all the water and energy that was used in the creation of new garments will not simply go to waste. The longer the clothing is used is in circulation, lesser clothes will be produced and discarded at landfills.

    5. A Circular Economy with a Sustainable Lifestyle

    By donating used clothing, you contribute to reuse, recycle and it is used for as long as possible, then recycled.

    Creating a circular economy that builds a sustainable environment where things don’t go to waste as easily, and where everything is being used to its maximum potential. Sustainable living leads to a brighter future for all of you.

    By donating clothes you do good for others, the environment and to yourself. Time to act and be responsible. Take one step at a time, you can book a doorstep pick with us at www.happieesouls.com and we deliver directly to our NGO and upcycle partners in need.

  • This NGO got listed on Happieesouls and look at how things changed!

    So What is happieesouls all about? How does it help an NGO? Is it beneficial for the user? To answer these questions, here we go with a very simple explanation of what happieesouls does..

    It all started with the problem that there are 32 lakhs NGOs in India which exist primarily on papers but might not exist in reality. This questions credibility of those thousands of grassroots NGOs that are actually working for the people and making an impact day on day. Well, those are the ones we believe in.

    We believe in the power of giving and give visibility to the change makers. Basically, Happieesouls is an NGO aggregation platform of genuine grassroots local NGOs. Happieesouls connects the NGOs, individuals and the corporates nearby. There are more than 100 NGO’s listed on its platform in a span of just 2 months and the numbers are soaring every day. Happieesouls’s mission is to get each and every genuine NGO its rightful donor who is presently concealed under the huge gap between the grassroots level orphanage, trust, home, foundation, society for the disadvantaged and the charitable donor. At Happieesouls, the NGO can launch itself nation-wide within few minutes.

    Kritagyata an NGO, working towards the betterment of children and women in need, was one of the few  NGO’s that got onboard at the beginning of Happieesouls. As they got listed on happieesouls, their donations-in-kind started to soar. They created their own bucket-list and now receive their bucket list items at their doorstep. So is the case with Ashanilaya, Need Base India and so on, who are all NGO’s working towards the betterment of the people.

    6 reasons why an NGO should get itself listed on happieesouls.

    • Online visibility

    Things have changed tremendously in the last decade or so, and internet is shooting for the stars. What another way than the internet to get yourself noticed by a maximum number of people. An NGO that gets onboard www.happieesouls.com will get maximum online visibility.

    • Untaped donor base

    An NGO that’s been running for a while now will have a certain number of donor’s who contribute to them but only from a limited locality or source. Happieesouls provides an opportunity to the NGO’s to launch them nation-wide and get the untapped donor base.

    • Doorstep services

    Happieesouls not only finds you the donor but also provides you with hassle free door-step delivery of the donations. What else can an NGO ask for? This is as good as it can get. Happieesouls picks up the donations from the donors and delivers it at the doorstep of the NGO which is in need of the supply.

    • Donor retention

    From the NGO’s point of view, it's most imperative that it does not lose its donor. The NGO definitely wants them to come back and do the donations. Happieesouls creates an ambiance and a working community where in the donors are willing to donate not just once, rather every time they get an opportunity.

    • Transparency

    Happieesouls thrives on establishing an impeccably transparent platform both for the donor community and the NGO.

    • Bucket list feature

    There are numerous features available for the NGO’s on Happieesouls’s platform, but this one is a flagship feature. Every NGO has its own kind of need based on their category and section of people they are addressing. At Happieesouls, the NGO can create a bucket list of all the items that they are in need of, find donors who are willing to donate.

    Changing the way the NGO viewed in-kind donations.

    #3 Easy steps to change your mentality about receiving donations

    1. Log on to happieesouls.com
    2. Click on NGO login tab.
    3. Create your account.

    And Ready to go!!!

    #Feelthepowerofgiving

  • 5 Things you should teach your child by the age of five

    1. Love

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    In today’s hectic schedules, work timings and competition to be successful, parents find themselves neglecting the most important aspect of any relationship. Communication. At the end of a tiring work day, just kissing your child and going to sleep isn’t enough. The child will have to see that you are showing love and respect towards him or her and other people in the family.

    We tend to assume that children are naturally affectionate and loving, which they are. But when the love is not reciprocated, that tends to build walls around them.

    The more you tell your child you love them, the more the child will love you back. The more hugs and kisses you shower your kid with, the more your house becomes a home.

     

    2. Honesty

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    It is so important to build character and integrity, which comes from a very basic principle in life. Honesty. We want to teach our kids to be truthful no matter how hard it is, whatever difficult situations might arise, it takes courage to stand up for what is right. The only way to do this is to show this to your child and be this way in front of them.

    Your child takes his cues from you, so it's important that you try to avoid any kind of deception, even a seemingly innocent one. (Never, for instance, say something like "Let's not tell Dad we got chocolate this afternoon.") Let your child hear you being truthful with other adults.

    If your child sees that you are honest and truthful, then he will mimic what he sees and pick up it up early on.

    Another way to help your child be honest is to not overreact when your child lies to you. By simply stating things like “Hey, I am not going to yell at you, think about it for a minute and tell me what really happened.” or even by appreciating your child when he/she is honest goes along way in building your child’s principles and values.

     

    3. Thinking about others feelings

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    We most often neglect helping children be considerate towards other people’s feelings. At a small age it helps if they understand that they can help someone else feel better, which in turn makes that person nicer to your child. The incentive of having that reciprocation of good vibes will be enough for your child to consider what they might say.

    For instance:

    Pooja was frustrated because her daughters, ages 4 and 5, were fighting every time she took them to the supermarket, "I finally told them that we needed to figure out how to do our shopping without everyone, including me, feeling upset," Pooja says.

    The mom asked the girls for suggestions on how to make the trip to the supermarket a better experience for all. The 5-year-old suggested that they bring snacks from home so they wouldn't fight for ice-cream. The 4-year-old said she would sing quietly to herself so she would feel happy.

    The girls remembered their promises, and the next trip to the supermarket went much more smoothly. Leaving the store, the younger girl asked, "Do you feel upset now, Mummy?" The mother told her that she felt just fine and appreciated how nice it was that nobody got into an argument.

    Do these small problem-solving exercises actually help a child learn the value of consideration? Yup. Over time, even a young child sees that words or actions can make another person smile or feel better, and that when she's kind to someone else, that person is nice to her. This feedback encourages other genuine acts of consideration and kindness.

     

    4. Forgiveness

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    There are always going to be disagreements, mistakes and arguments in your children’s lives. There will be situations where they will have to sometimes ask for forgiveness.

    The trick here is to not just encourage your child to apologise by saying “sorry”, which is quite important, but also to help them understand where they have gone wrong and why they are apologising. Just simply stating “sorry” is quite easy.

    For instance if your child breaks another child’s toy, our immediate reaction is to rush to him and ask him to apologise. It is better to, instead in a calm demeanour to take your child to the side and understand why he must have broken the toy. If it is because of jealousy, envy or anger, we can help them understand why they are having these feelings and create an open line of communication.

    Most importantly, this brings in the aspect of forgiveness. We can educate them about the harm that they did, due to those feelings and the impact it has had on the other child. It will help your child see clearly on what went wrong. Help him think of a way to compensate. Maybe he can make amends by offering his toy to play. Perhaps he could draw for his sister after fighting with her all day.

    By encouraging your child to make such gestures, you emphasize the importance of treating people fairly, an essential value that will one day help him negotiate the complicated world of relationships.

     

    5. Determination

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    Five-year-old Vinay showed his father a square he made with clay. "That's very nice and has a good shape," he told him. "Nice job!" The child then ran to his room and made another square to bring to his dad for praise-then another and another.

    "Each one was worse than the last," his father said. "I didn't know what to say." A good response might have been: "Well, Vinay, that square isn't as carefully done as your other one. Did you try your best on that?"

    Determination is a value that you can encourage from a very young age. The easiest way to do so is by avoiding too much praise and by providing children with honest feedback, delivered in a gentle, calm and supportive manner.

     

    Another way to help your kids develop determination is to encourage them to do things that don't come easily and to appreciate and praise them for their start. If your son is the shy-type, quietly encourage him to approach other kids in the play-area, even if it makes him feel nervous. If your daughter is quick to show her temper, teach her strategies (such as counting to ten or taking a deep breath) for holding back anger. Praise kids when they manage to do things that are difficult for them. If he/she hears "Good going, I know that was really tough!", then they are pushed by the recognition and become even more determined to keep trying.

     

    Want to help other children who need care? Visit Happieesouls.com to know how you can help!

     

    Sources:

    Parents.com

    Parenting.com

    Psychologytoday.com/parenting

  • 5 reasons how helping others can help you live longer

    A new research has shown that helping others seems to improve health and wellness. The research published in the Journal of Economic Psychology, found that donating to charity may actually improve the giver’s emotional and physical health.

    Here we look at five reasons how it helps:

    1)      Helping others heals

    When you volunteer to help others you will realize that you are also helping yourself. The act of kindness helps in healing the wounds left behind by the loss of a loved one. Any work related to charity helps in overcoming grief, studies claim.

    Seeing those orphans smiling ear to ear and eating ice-cream you bought them, must have left a positive feeling within your heart!

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    2)      Giving boosts mood

    A study out of England’s University of Exeter Medical School examined groups of volunteers and found that those who gave were less prone to depression and even lowered existing depression in them, due to the satisfaction and mood lift gained through giving.

    Remember how it felt when you gave a poor child some money or gave a homeless man food?

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    3)      Helps beat stress

    In this fast paced world, you are constantly expected to perform at your highest to achieve. This creates a lot of stress and studies have proved that giving reduces stress significantly. Focusing on the needs of others helps you manage stress more effectively.

    That marathon you ran for creating awareness about AIDS made you feel lighter, didn’t it?

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    4)      An act of kindness to improve immunity

    When you give, be it money, time, energy, kindness or even donate your old stuff, it gives back! Scientists attest that giving to others has a positive effect on your immune system due to increased serotonin production. This brain chemical regulates mood, calms anxiety and emits a “feel good” reaction that strengthens the function of the immune system.

    Helping that old woman cross the road made you a little bit stronger!

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    5)      Gives us purpose

    We all want to do something that creates an impact. We want to be a part of the change. Giving provides us that purpose and meaning for life. For example, looking at the difference made by giving makes you feel like you are a part of something bigger than yourself.

    Spending time at an old age home and making them laugh not only added happiness to them but also added meaning to your life!

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    If you haven’t given yet, don’t worry. Every day is a new day. You can still spread your beautiful smile onto others! Search discover and spend time at an ngo near you. Visit Happieesouls.com!

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