Delhi Trash

Last month I took my first trip to Delhi. I must say, I was surprised by the level of trash (compared to Bengaluru) on the streets. I also liked the tricycle carts used for carrying both recyclables and mixed waste to their destination. There were lots of bins around town, though all that I saw had … More Delhi Trash

Hyderabad

Last week my husband and I went to Hyderabad for a few days. He had a conference to attend so we got to stay in a swanky hotel. While he was at meetings, I got to see the city. We were staying in the Cyberabad area and most of my sight-seeing was in the older … More Hyderabad

Spot the Batteries

This week my Garbology 101 students began to learn about e-waste. We did a little exercise which asked them to colour in all the objects on the page that require batteries to operate. It was interesting to see what they missed. Most of them didn’t pay attention to what was outside the window. Not everyone noticed … More Spot the Batteries

e-waste

Probably the most difficult aspect of waste that I’ve encountered is e-waste. At home I’ve been collecting e-waste for 2 years (fortunately it’s very little: mostly batteries and CFL light bulbs) largely because I didn’t know how to dispose of it properly. The same thing is true at school where I’ve been collecting for myself … More e-waste

Designing for the Dump

When the folks at WasteLess first introduced me to the world of trash, I picked up a book they recommended called Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way we Make Things by William McDonough and Michael Braungart. The book was quite an eye opener and I was especially amazed by all the revolutionary changes being put into place … More Designing for the Dump

Reading trash

Before I moved to India, I had to get rid of a lot of my books. It just cost too much to ship them. But there were also some books I wanted to read in the coming months. Although I had never imagined I’d be one of those people with a Kindle or a Nook, … More Reading trash