This was published in Lazmi Health. I’m posting my original version below. You can see the published version through this link. For some odd reason, they removed all my source links and put a sort of bibliographic list at the bottom, which I don’t like. Nature operates using a closed loop system. Everything is recycled, … More Pledge to compost: Healthy soil, healthy humans
Editor’s note: Approx 125kg of sanitary waste is generated per person during their menstruating years and these sanitary napkins can take 500-800 years to break down! #ThePadEffect is a campaign to advocate for sustainable menstruation and prevent thousands of tons of sanitary waste. Posted by Marcy Newman (originally published on the Feminism in India site) Of all … More Where Is This Magical Place Where All Of Our Sanitary Waste Goes? | #ThePadEffect
This is just a quick post because I keep getting people who ask me about where they can donate things like furniture and clothing that other people might like to buy or use. I will say that it seems that a number of kabadiwallas with enough space collect furniture – I have one in my … More Cleaning house? Here’s where to donate your belongings
Menstruation has been in the air in India. It’s clearly on people’s consciousness more than usual. In the past few months there have been a couple of campaigns that caught my eye. The first one, sponsored by Stone Soup and Women Endangered, is called #LetsTalkPeriod. Here is their video: Here’s the problem: anyone who knows India, … More Why menstrual health and the planet’s health must go hand in hand
Last week at the EcoFemme workshop in Auroville we had a very interesting discussion about plastics. It came up because, of course, plastic is a key ingredient in disposable pads. It’s also a liner used on the bottom layer of the EcoFemme pads as a way to leak proof them. It’s a minimal amount for … More Plastic Breaks Down. Period.
Last week I was in Auroville again for another EcoFemme workshop. I’ll write more about that when I have time, but for now, here is a glimpse of an inspiring exhibition I had the good fortune to catch before it closed. It shows a huge range of informative and interestingly designed items by the school … More Trashion and other upcycled designs
I was delighted to find my neighbourhood in the news this week–especially because it was being highlighted for its initiative in segregating wet and dry waste. Funnily enough I had no idea about these people even though I’m in the loop in at least 3 different city-wide and ward-wide organisations related to this matter. But … More Cleaning up the neighbourhood
Yesterday I had the opportunity to go on the Bengaluru Trash Trail, which I’ve been dying to do for a few years now (you can read various accounts of it in the press here, here, here, here, and here. While this journey to follow the trash from your neighbourhood to the various places your trash … More Bengaluru’s Trash Trail
My first real job was in the public relations department at a company called LensCrafters and their corporate headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio. Technically I was an intern there for 6 months, but my mentor there, Susan Knobler, didn’t treat me like an intern. She trusted me with all sorts of responsibilities and projects. I did … More Closing the loop
On 100 Foot Road in Indira Nagar is this fabulous new bus stop ad featuring Amitabh Bachchan promoting composting in Kannada. There was some buzz about this recently, and some of his Hindi commercials can be seen on Youtube (see below). The videos are terrific because they’re reaching out to some key demographics of people … More Thank you, Big B for promoting composting!