There is a fantastic new restaurant in Bangalore called Go Native. It’s a farm-to-table, zero-waste restaurant and as you walk in you can feel the freshness, including planters that line the entry way where lettuce that may end up in your salad is planted. There’s lots of plant themed decoration around the restaurant, which also … More Bengaluru’s Zero Waste Restaurant
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
I just finished reading the new book Not in my Backyard and viewing the short accompanying documentary of the same title. Both are put out by the Centre for Science and Environment, publishers of Down to Earth magazine. This is such important work–to do a survey of solid waste management across the country and to share the … More Not in my Backyard
It’s not an eight ounce jar like those of the famous Zero Wasters, but it’s a jar where I fit all my mixed/non-recyclable waste for the past year and a half. Lauren Singer’s TED talk inspired me to try this. In my jar you can find: toffee wrappers (the kind handed out at tollbooths and … More My Zero Waste Year (and a half)
In South India it’s filter coffee (or in the local dialect pilter kaapi). In North India it’s chai. It’s grown here, it’s fresh (especially from Coorg!) and it’s delicious. The way everyone used to drink these beverages was pure Zero Waste. Today, people have succumbed to the Western method of using tea bags. And it seems, … More Kaapi & Chai
The bathroom is the one place in my house where I have the hardest time reducing waste. There are just certain things that are waste producing that I can not live without. Dental floss is one of those things. I looked online for a biodegradable version of it, but couldn’t find anything here in India. … More Bathroom waste
Kamikatsu, Japan: the town that has no trash. Something to replicate!