One good thing about living in urban India is that there are cobblers on every corner who can fix your chappals quickly and for relatively little money. At the same time, pretty much any where you walk you’re bound to see left behind chappals or shoes that broke and someone decided to leave them behind … More What to do with those old chappals?
A few weeks ago some people came to my door when I wasn’t home and handed my husband a flyer and a plastic bag (pictured below). This organisation – Well Being Out of Waste – claims to be working with BBMP and ITC. It asks people to use these plastic bags (not sure how one … More Well Being Out of Waste
Rimagined just opened in Bangalore and it’s beautiful. Everything they sell has been made from upcycled goods. They have lots of lovely gift items. They also have a website for people to order from if they are outside of Bengaluru. Here are some photographs of the shop in Whitefield. Do check it out!
Okay, it’s not really plastic ice cream. But what I want to share is about a Bangalore establishment – everyone’s favourite place for ice cream sundaes. It’s Corner House Ice Cream and it’s a place that’s packed on a warm summer day. And when three of my favourite people invited me for dessert there, I … More Plastic Ice Cream
This is just a quick post to remind people to sign up for Plastic Free July. This year there are lots more resources on the website, including this checklist that you can use to pinpoint what items to target for the month: Plastic Free July Action picker. The Story of Stuff has joined in, too. Sign … More It’s Plastic Free July Again!
There is one aspect of the waste stream – that really shouldn’t be considered waste at all – that isn’t accounted for in Bengaluru. It’s the coconut shell. Coconuts are a daily part of life here – whether it’s stopping for a drink of tender coconut or grating coconut for your dry subji. It may … More Coconut Challenge
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