Non-stick pans with natural ceramic layer made of minerals instead of plastics. Thermolon does not release toxic fumes, blister or peel even at 450 degrees C, contrary to ordinary non-stick pans.
Turn all your kitchen scraps into organic, slow release liquid fertilizer easily and without smell! Add your scraps and a little bran to the bucket and walk away. The microbes will do all of the work.
Choose Energy Star qualified dishwashers. On average they are 10% more energy efficient and 12% more water efficient than standard models.
Save water with low flow taps – it’s not only good for the environment, the savings in your utility bills will pay for the cost of the taps within a few months. From then on, you enjoy continued savings.
Remove chlorine, lead and harmful contaminants and enjoy clean, fresh water – using low cost technology and zero energy.
Save water even while the tap is on. These water saving faucets deliver both water efficiency and adequate flow.
W+W is the fusion of washbasin and water closet in one piece. The delicate and innovative technology re-uses the discarded water from the washbasin to flush the lavatory – saving water and your wallet.
Cleaning products made of plant-based and mineral ingredients that naturally care for your skin, are completely biodegradable and have minimum impact on aquatic life.
Choose this iron with the auto steam control handle that knows the optimum amount of steam needed to iron. The handle has a unique censor that produces more steam when you intuitively put more force to get rid of stubborn creases. When the handle is not pressed, the technology limits the output of steam and saves energy.
When shopping for appliances, look for an ENERGY STAR label (for energy-efficiency). Adding just one of these products to your home helps you live a greener life and save money.
Use water based paints for your walls that are low on VOCs. VOCs are solvent and petrochemical additives that evaporate from paint during manufacturing and application, and degrade your indoor air quality through pollution.
Reduce up to 90% energy consumption compared to normal halogen bulbs. LED bulbs can last for more than 25,000 hours, require no maintenance and do not produce heat. The color of the light can be customized - white cold light for the business environment and warm light for the home.
When you buy a new Television choose one that incorporates LED technology to reduce your electricity bill and your carbon emissions. Often the LED televisions are made of materials that are easier to recycle. Choose one that has a low stand-by power consumption.
Synonymous with timeless design, Vitra takes a cradle to cradle approach in the manufacture of its home and office furnitures. Using a high proportion of recycled materials, like polyester yarn, these eco-friendly furnitures are manufactured with low VOC (volatile organic compounds) glues and adhesives, safer for your health. The company's manufacturing also includes high end waste management programs and the use of renewable energy on site.
Swap fossil fuels for the abundant natural energy of the sun. Install solar panels on your roof. It will reduce your electricity bill too.
Consider pollution-free solar garden lights. Made of silicon wafers, light energy is captured to become soft, diffused light when the sun goes down. Place these stand-alone lights anywhere in your garden or outside area, they are without cabling and inbuilt photo sensors automatically switch them on and off between night and day.
The Change Initiative is the premier destination for sustainable living in the Middle East. We bring the community together with sustainable solutions through our simple but meaningful ethos: Live Good, Feel Good, Do Good.
Proudly home grown in Dubai, The Change Initiative aspires to be a global brand name in the sustainability space, providing a platform for solutions that promote responsible living. The Change Initiative welcomes consumers and corporations alike who are interested in making environmentally and socially responsible purchases, whether it is for their home, in the workplace or for a project under development.
We offer thousands of innovative B2B and B2C solutions such as Fair Trade food, energy efficient light bulbs, ecological detergents, organic clothing, and locally made soaps, low emitting paints and solar tubes. We proudly count The Taste Initiative, Direct to Home (D2H), Vitra, Ecover, Derma, and Ulster Weaver as brands under our umbrella.
To inspire people to integrate sustainability into their day-to-day lives.
To become the world's first and largest supply chain dedicated to sustainable human development.
Loek Malmberg is Chairman of the Board of Directors of The Change Initiative. He also serves as Chairman of the Skagen Group, a diversified business conglomerate with stakes in the global security firm G4S, formerly Group 4 Securicor, Danish Yachts, Ecover, and numerous small to medium-sized businesses around the world.
Today, under his guidance, the Skagen Group is acquiring assets specialising in environmental solutions and innovative technology with the long-term aim of encouraging more sustainable consumer behaviour.
Sheikh Mazrui is one of the most prominent entrepreneurs in the UAE and has made immense contribution to the region’s economic growth. An environmentalist to the core he has long inspired industry leaders to adopt eco-friendly standards of performance and delivery in the UAE and abroad. His vision is to make sustainable goods and services accessible and economical for all.
Gundeep Singh is founder and president of The Change Initiative.
He began his career as an operations manager with ITC in India, before
serving the Charanjit Singh Group as Senior Manager Operations from 1988-
1994. He later became the youngest general manager of the Southern Pacific
Corporation in South East Asia, working for the company between 1994 and
In 1997 Singh started his own business, The Learning Curve, before joining
UAE-based Al Ghurair Group in 1999. He was Regional Manager Human
Resources at HSBC Middle East from 2002-2006.
A graduate of India’s University of Madras, Singh has master degrees from
New York State’s Cornell University and the ESSEC Business School in
He received a Fulbright Scholarship with one of the highest GMAT scores
recorded in India and was nominated to attend both Harvard Business School
and Duke University.
Singh is a certified trainer and a published author in India of the motivational
business titles ‘First Steps to Career Success’ and ‘Understanding Your
Capability’. He also speaks eight languages, including French, German and
Tim is a senior business leader with 30 years’ experience in retail, working in fast moving, single and multi-site environments within both national and international organizations. He has worked very successfully within the GCC/MENA region since 2006; firstly in Kuwait and then for the last four years in Dubai.
Tim has worked for the LVMH Group brand Bvlgari establishing JV companies in Kuwait and Bahrain, was appointed as Group Chief Operating Officer of Bin Hendi Enterprises in 2010, and started working in the Middle East when appointed as CEO of Villa Moda based in Kuwait in 2006. As a result he has extensive experience of directly managing significant retail operations throughout MENA and leading demanding transformation and change programs, as well as startup and JV operations.
Before moving to the Middle East, Tim worked for House of Fraser, Estee Lauder, Debenhams and Marks and Spencer. Tim believes very strongly that understanding that people, and your relationship with them, are what make great things possible.
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