Where Is This Magical Place Where All Of Our Sanitary Waste Goes? | #ThePadEffect

Editor’s note: Approx 125kg of sanitary waste is generated per person during their menstruating years and these sanitary napkins can take 500-800 years to break down! #ThePadEffect is a campaign to advocate for sustainable menstruation and prevent thousands of tons of sanitary waste.   Posted by Marcy Newman (originally published on the Feminism in India site) Of all … More Where Is This Magical Place Where All Of Our Sanitary Waste Goes? | #ThePadEffect

Why menstrual health and the planet’s health must go hand in hand

Menstruation has been in the air in India. It’s clearly on people’s consciousness more than usual. In the past few months there have been a couple of campaigns that caught my eye. The first one, sponsored by Stone Soup and Women Endangered, is called #LetsTalkPeriod. Here is their video: Here’s the problem: anyone who knows India, … More Why menstrual health and the planet’s health must go hand in hand

EcoFemme Workshop

The reason for my trip to Auroville last week was to attend a workshop at EcoFemme. The first day of the workshop was held at Pitchandikulam Forest, a gorgeous space in Auroville that does many things, including maintaining a garden full of medicinal plants and educating people about their uses. This was one of the … More EcoFemme Workshop

Auroville

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

Bathroom waste

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

Funeral waste

The past month or so I’ve been away from school as I had to attend my mother-in-law’s funeral. In a Hindu family, or more specifically in an Iyer family, there are a number of rituals and a great deal of waste that one has to contend with. Unfortunately, I wasn’t 100% on the ball and … More Funeral waste