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
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!
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
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.
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
Last month I had the honour of attending a lecture that son gave (I won’t reveal the topic because I can’t even begin to unravel that level of theoretical physics) at the new International Centre for Theoretical Sciences in Bangalore. Below are a few snapshots. It seems that most of the folks there are following the … More Water & waste done right
Last month I travelled to Ranthambhore National Park in Rajasthan to go on a safari with my best friend who was visiting from Beirut. Another friend had arranged the trip as she works with the extraordinary organisation Dastkar. What I love about the way that Dastkar works is that it is not a charity. It … More Sustainability & livelihood in Ranthambhore
Warning: this post will likely sound a bit like Scrouge to many readers. Last night I walked down to the main street in my neighbourhood and I noticed lots of shopkeepers had Christmas wares for sale: plastic Christmas trees, polyester Santa hats, and lots of unnecessary, plastic junk. I get why Christians want to carry … More A Bah Humbug Post (or ideas for a green Christmas)
Recently I took a trip from Bengaluru to Delhi by train. It was a wonderful experience, except for all of the trash. Travelling by train, not unlike flying in an aeroplane, means producing a large quantity of trash for many reasons, especially because of all the food and drinks served and consumed along the way. … More Train trash