Compostable plastics are not compostable

It was so pleasant to open The Hindu this morning and to read about the BBMP’s attempt to crackdown on so-called “compostable” bags made of so-called “bioplastics”. The article rightly points out that: The bags usually don’t get composted or even decompose Sometimes the stores are just printing “compostable” on the bag when it’s really just plastic … More Compostable plastics are not compostable

Kiss the Ground

One of the most inspiring organisations I’ve come across in a long while is Kiss the Ground, based in my hometown of Los Angeles. They are creating fantastic short films about the wonders and necessity of composting that are terrific for raising awareness. What I love is the clarity and specificity of their arguments – … More Kiss the Ground

Closing the loop

My first real job was in the public relations department at a company called LensCrafters and their corporate headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio. Technically I was an intern there for 6 months, but my mentor there, Susan Knobler, didn’t treat me like an intern. She trusted me with all sorts of responsibilities and projects. I did … More Closing the loop

ATREE’s Workshop on Bulk Waste Generators

Last week I had the opportunity to attend a workshop hosted and organised by ATREE. It centred around a report they recently completed about the status of decentralised solid waste management policy innovation in Bengaluru, with a special focus on residential bulk generators. I had hoped that they would be highlighting at least one case … More ATREE’s Workshop on Bulk Waste Generators

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