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
I enjoy cleaning my house. In India, this is not something that most people do themselves (there is a documentary called Lakshmi and Me that gives one a sense of this relationship). Most people hire others to clean their homes, sometimes cook their food, garden, wash their cars and any number of other daily household chores. … More Cleaning & clutter
There is a little oasis of sustainability, not far from Chennai, amidst rural Tamil Nadu, called Auroville. It is a place with thriving organic farms and lots of small businesses centred upon the environment in some way. This is where I first encountered the enterprising WasteLess people who created the Garbology 101 curriculum. It’s also where … More Auroville
I was so excited to learn that the new maths teacher at my school decided to order old fashioned slates for all her students. Another maths teacher had done so, but she had ordered the new fangled and toxic plastic slates that require plastic white board markers. But this teacher went out searching for the … More Sustainable school supplies
I’ve been meaning to write a post about shoes for a while now. As someone who is slowly (too slowly, I’ll admit) trying to become vegan, what my shoes are made of is something that increasingly matters to me. I do have a couple of pairs of leather chappals, both of which I continue to … More Chappals
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
It’s true: I constantly lecture myself and others about reducing what you buy. A parent of one of my little 9-year-old students even told me that she couldn’t get her to buy a new pair of chappals–even though she needed them!–because I told them to reduce and avoid! Another piece of evidence that Garbology 101 … More Cotton: It’s Complicated
I’ve been reading about repair cafes for a while now, longingly wishing there was one in my neck of the woods. This one in Holland that Al Jazeera’s Earthrise featured a couple of years ago is the first one I heard about: For those who are not familiar with this concept: when something breaks, you learn how … More Support Bangalore’s Repair Cafe!