Zero Waste October

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

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