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
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
On 100 Foot Road in Indira Nagar is this fabulous new bus stop ad featuring Amitabh Bachchan promoting composting in Kannada. There was some buzz about this recently, and some of his Hindi commercials can be seen on Youtube (see below). The videos are terrific because they’re reaching out to some key demographics of people … More Thank you, Big B for promoting composting!
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
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
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
School began this week and I had my first Garbology 101 class with my 4th standard students yesterday. I realise that it is going to be quite a bit different than it was last year. In a lot of ways this is going to be a better test of whether this curriculum works. Last year … More Back to School
I’m not sure how I first learned about the Daily Dump, but it’s one of the first places I checked out when I first moved to Bangalore five years ago. I wasn’t yet ready to begin composting, but it certainly intrigued me. Now after composting at school with the children for the past few years, … More Urban Composting with the Daily Dump
As I was walking home from the market yesterday, I noticed the waste from one of the neighbourhood tailors. It was so distressing to see a pile of beautiful fabric scraps just thrown into a pile of mixed waste (and a rat running through to scavenge from the rotting food). There is so much that … More Kabadiwallas