Our Mother Earth has gifted us such beautiful landscapes, varied variety of flora and fauna and the perfect environment for us humans and other species to co-exist on this wonder planet. But, do you think we are giving back to our Earth as much as we are taking from it or as much as the Mother Earth willingly gives to us? Well, most of us will say no to this question because in the day-to-day running of our busy lives, we fail to recognize the importance of all the gifts that we get from our environment, and instead we recklessly spoil the atmosphere. But, today we are going to tell you about one man who has created a platform, through which one can gift the wonders of nature not only to people but also give something back to the environment.
EnviroFriend is the company we are talking about here, which was founded by Girish Naik. As the name suggests, the company has always done things which are environment friendly. What started as a waste management company initially, went on to become this one-of-a-kind start-up which now provides plants to people so that they can gift these plants to their guests in marriages, birthday parties, festivals, house warming parties and various other special days that people like to celebrate.
In the summer of 2015, Girish’s sister was getting married, and as is the custom in most Indian families, this family too had decided to give fruits and coconut as return gifts to the guests who would attend the wedding. But, this was somehow not going well with Girish, who came up with the idea that the guests should be given plants as return gifts. The idea struck a chord with his family as well, and in no time Girish ordered some thousand plants from Tamil Nadu. At the wedding, the Naik Family gave plants to all those guests who were interested in having them. All this gave Girish a business idea, he thought if his family could do it and if his guests could like the idea, why could he not try it with others. Within three days, he got his first paid order.
The business slowly and steadily started gaining momentum and from covering 1-2 functions in a month, the company now gets 5-8 big orders every month. The prices of the plants have been kept nominal, so that people readily take up this idea. And people also get to choose from a great variety of plants; ranging from different flowering plants to plants of religious importance to timber and valuable species. Currently, Envirofriend delivers plants all over Karnataka.
Envirofriend has grown from where it started and this company definitely deserves all the praises it gets for an idea which has deep ecological concerns. In trying to create awareness about environment protection by planting, Girish contacted the District Collector and Assistant Director of the Devangere district of Karnataka and gave them a few ideas. They liked those ideas so much that now, whenever there is a function at their office, they order plants from Envirofriend. Instead of greeting a guest by a garland, they now give the guest a flowering plant and instead of lighting the lamp, the special occasions at these offices now get initiated by watering new saplings and plants.
From whatever Girish does through his company, it is quite evident that he is a true friend and a care taker of the environment. He told us that now he feels even people at large are becoming more aware about environmental concerns. Girish believes that we are nothing in front of the environment; we are because of nature, and if we do not take care of it, we will be no more.
Truly, the entire existence of life on earth has been possible through the nurturing nature of mother nature, and if we keep playing with its feelings, we will only be the losers. But, through Envirofriend, we can, not only give something of great value to our loved ones and even strangers for that matter, but also give something back to earth so that our environment remains clean and green.