Last week I was in Auroville again for another EcoFemme workshop. I’ll write more about that when I have time, but for now, here is a glimpse of an inspiring exhibition I had the good fortune to catch before it closed. It shows a huge range of informative and interestingly designed items by the school … More Trashion and other upcycled designs
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)
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
So said a young boy in the 7th standard class who finished up Devika akka’s upcycling workshop today. I’m so happy that he–and actually many others in this class–realised that the point isn’t about upcycling and making things out of trash. The point is to get a sense of what we throw away and what … More “It’s about learning not to buy so much stuff”.
The last two days of Devika the Garbage Guru’s upcycling workshop focused on design of an object that we are all familiar with and all think we need: shoes. And she did so by combining nature and waste in the most seamless and beautiful ways. She began with a presentation about footwear more generally–showing us … More Upcycling shoe workshop
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
Yesterday a couple of senior girls came to my house. They wanted to have an earnest conversation about what they could do to minimise the flow of plastic–and especially mutli-layered foil packaging. I showed them a few ideas on Pinterest, of things they could make with the wrappers, but the truth is most of these … More Plastic Pause
Last weekend the 8th standard girls in my hostel were running around screaming as they were searching for bits and pieces of trash that they could use for their science project. Their teacher gave them an assignment in which they had to make a catapult, a ladder or a bridge, a war tank, or a … More Toys from Trash
I just learned about this wonderful initiative from a blogger in Australia: Plastic Free July! You can learn how to participate and sign up on the link above. If you’re a part of an organisation or a school it would be great to sign up as a group, too. Since I’m at a boarding school … More Plastic Free July!