Here in India – where tea is grown aplenty all around us – it’s astonishingly difficult to find high quality, loose leaf tea, whether you’re at organic markets or supermarkets. There are all sorts of organic teas, but they are usually sold in tea bags many of which are actually made at least partially of … More Teabox
This week I encountered a customer who lives in Benson Town and who wants to find the Dry Waste Collection Centre in his ward. Unfortunately, this is harder than it seems – even my initial attempts to explain it don’t suffice. So I thought I’d share the steps I took to find this information out … More BBMP Ward & Zone information
The thought of writing yoga and waste in the same sentence seems strange. But there are some problems related to basic yoga props and products one uses every day that I only started thinking about in the last few years. The first of which is the very basic yoga sticky mat that one uses to … More Yoga waste?
For Earth Day this year I spent the afternoon at the Arts Village off MG Road doing demos, a workshop, and sharing the joy of composting with people who seemed quite engaged with the subject. The young people organising the event went for the theme of #BreakFreeFromPlastic with gusto – not allowing a single item … More Earth Day 2018
This was my first purchase during my no-buy year. But I made the purchase for work, so I’m excusing myself. Sometimes we have people in the office who want that mid-day coffee break and they’ve been bringing those coffee cups back to the office. The cups are paper lined with plastic and so they’re not … More Bamboo or plastic?
Last month I attended Teri’s World Sustainable Development Summit. It was on the heels of having just finished a terrific new book – Josh Tickell’s Kiss the Ground (it’s connected to the organisation and its brilliant videos). At one point in the book he says (or someone he quotes?) something about how the world sustainability isn’t … More Sustainablity
Hindi film actor Aamir Khan has had a talkshow on television for the past few years that examines social issues in India. It’s called Satyamev Jayate and one of the episodes – “Don’t Waste your Garbage” – from a few years back focused on the garbage situation in India. You can watch it below with … More Aamir Khan on waste
Last week I went to Delhi to visit a friend. Her idea of our time together included food, strolling, and shopping. We went to a handloom exhibition where I was tempted by gorgeous sarees from all over the country. We went to Cottage Industries and bookshops. Lots of things to tempt me with, but I … More My first no shopping test & kiosk recycling
About a month ago I attended the India Bioplastics Summit hosted by a company called Energy Alternatives India (EAI). It was the first time I had been to a non academic conference and although I was expecting it to be heavy with industry types, I didn’t expect it to be so uncritical of a new … More What I Learned at a Bioplastics Conference
I’m not one of those people who makes a New Year’s resolution each 1st of January. But then I read this piece by Ann Patchett, “My Year of No Shopping” in The New York Times that left me inspired to take my zero waste habits to the next level. No shopping, of course, isn’t possible in … More A Year without Shopping