Last week I went to Delhi to visit a friend. Her idea of our time together included food, strolling, and shopping. We went to a handloom exhibition where I was tempted by gorgeous sarees from all over the country. We went to Cottage Industries and bookshops. Lots of things to tempt me with, but I … More My first no shopping test & kiosk recycling
There’s a great little start up in Bangalore run by a woman named Sahar. It’s called Bare Necessities and she’s making products to make it easier to live a zero waste life. I recently bought her home made toothpaste – which is terrific. It’s the only toothpaste I’ve found that is sold in a reusable … More How to brush your teeth without plastic
Okay, it’s not really plastic ice cream. But what I want to share is about a Bangalore establishment – everyone’s favourite place for ice cream sundaes. It’s Corner House Ice Cream and it’s a place that’s packed on a warm summer day. And when three of my favourite people invited me for dessert there, I … More Plastic Ice Cream
This is just a quick post to remind people to sign up for Plastic Free July. This year there are lots more resources on the website, including this checklist that you can use to pinpoint what items to target for the month: Plastic Free July Action picker. The Story of Stuff has joined in, too. Sign … More It’s Plastic Free July Again!
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
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
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
This weekend I had a wonderful opportunity to join the sociology class at my school in their discussions around food with the local farmers who are active in the movement to maintain control over food, seeds, and livelihoods. We saw a short film (see below) and discussed these issues with local members of the Food Sovereignty Alliance … More Food sovereignty & waste
I was so excited to learn that the new maths teacher at my school decided to order old fashioned slates for all her students. Another maths teacher had done so, but she had ordered the new fangled and toxic plastic slates that require plastic white board markers. But this teacher went out searching for the … More Sustainable school supplies