A Bah Humbug Post (or ideas for a green Christmas)

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)

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

Wedding waste

Last week I went to Ranchi in Jharkand to our friend’s daughter’s engagement ceremony. It was a lovely celebration in so many ways, but it was also an interesting place to examine…you guessed it! Plastic! As with weddings, there is a great deal of excess and waste at an engagement ceremony. For starters, the mehendi comes … More Wedding waste

e-waste

Probably the most difficult aspect of waste that I’ve encountered is e-waste. At home I’ve been collecting e-waste for 2 years (fortunately it’s very little: mostly batteries and CFL light bulbs) largely because I didn’t know how to dispose of it properly. The same thing is true at school where I’ve been collecting for myself … More e-waste

Kaapi & Chai

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

Buying in bulk

I’ve been shopping at Organicz4U for over a year, but for some reason it hadn’t occurred to me that they sold food in bulk. Yes, their bins were right in front of my eyes, but I hadn’t looked inside nor had I thought to ask about it until last night. I have also found a number … More Buying in bulk