The thought of writing yoga and waste in the same sentence seems strange. But there are some problems related to basic yoga props and products one uses every day that I only started thinking about in the last few years. The first of which is the very basic yoga sticky mat that one uses to … More Yoga waste?
For Earth Day this year I spent the afternoon at the Arts Village off MG Road doing demos, a workshop, and sharing the joy of composting with people who seemed quite engaged with the subject. The young people organising the event went for the theme of #BreakFreeFromPlastic with gusto – not allowing a single item … More Earth Day 2018
This was my first purchase during my no-buy year. But I made the purchase for work, so I’m excusing myself. Sometimes we have people in the office who want that mid-day coffee break and they’ve been bringing those coffee cups back to the office. The cups are paper lined with plastic and so they’re not … More Bamboo or plastic?
I’m not one of those people who makes a New Year’s resolution each 1st of January. But then I read this piece by Ann Patchett, “My Year of No Shopping” in The New York Times that left me inspired to take my zero waste habits to the next level. No shopping, of course, isn’t possible in … More A Year without Shopping
It’s been a couple of years now since I began this quest to waste less, to live a zero waste lifestyle, to consume less. And the ideas seem to be catching on in the world around me – even cities or municipalities in India are using the language of zero waste to describe new initiatives … More Zero waste is catching on
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
It seems it is Zero Waste October – and I just found out about it. Here is a website with plenty of challenges for your school, business, or city if you want to try to push people to reduce their waste and consumption. Also, here is a great story from Fast Company about a fantastic new … More Zero Waste October
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
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)
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