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Toss it or eat it!

Toss it or eat it!

It is estimated that over 40 billion plastic kitchen utensils—including 14–18 billion plastic spoons—are produced every year. Given our low rate of reusing and recycling them, most of this cutlery ends up in landfill sites, or worse, in oceans and lakes! Here, they contaminate the land and soil for at least 450 years—the time plastic takes to degrade. Simply put, this is a recipe for disaster!

But there are edible alternatives, read on...

Life along the Ganga

Life along the Ganga

A Kolkata man has taken it upon himself to document life and livelihoods along the river Ganga
[The Ganga] is dying. Pollution from the factories and farms of the fastest-growing large economy in the world . . .  has turned its waters toxic—BBC The Ganges, India’s holy river, is also one of the most polluted in the world . . . There are many causes of Ganges river pollution—English Online

Oregano kick!
The Pen Speaks

The Pen Speaks

I am waiting for my death. Death? Not exactly. My days are numbered as the ink is about to finish. Soon, I will be discarded and thrown into a dust bin. One more in the countless old ones with finished inks, discarded and to be replaced by a new one.

My Wriggly Friend

My Wriggly Friend

"Oh, my God! Mummy, there is a snake in the house.”

"I am dead and yuck!” I heard the desperate cries of my two daughters, Badki and Chutki.

Alarmed, I ran towards the room from where I could hear their voices, to check whether it was actually a snake in the house or something else. As soon as I crossed the threshold of the room I spotted three earthworms wriggling in through the space between the main door and its frame, into the house. My younger daughter Chutki was calling it a snake and the older one Badki was so scared to see them that the glass fell from her hand and broke!

The Gift

The Gift

It was the last day of the outdoor adventure camp. The campsite was right in the middle of lush green nature with the ethereal mountains by the side. It was a treasure trove of rare flora and fauna, a perfect storybook destination. Kind and friendly villagers lived in the nearby hamlet. It was these sights and sounds, the warmth of the people around, the fresh unpolluted air and the collective experience of everything around that made Praveen come here again and again. Praveen was the camp in-charge. Every year in the month of May, Praveen and his team organised nature-connect sessions for children.

Irresponsible India
Turning Plastic into a Resource

Turning Plastic into a Resource

Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Sikkim is leading the way to reduce plastic waste

How to Manage and Compost Kitchen Waste at Home

How to Manage and Compost Kitchen Waste at Home

Priyanka Bhasin, from Roots and Wings, is a partner with Daily Dump. She explains what is kitchen or organic waste, how to segregate waste and compost it at home using Khamba or earthen pots and some other easily available elements. Daily Dump is a Bengaluru-based green initiative that is promoting waste management and composting at home in Indian cities.

Thought for food
Sowing the Seeds

Sowing the Seeds

With her hair neatly oiled and braided, wearing her green-and-white school uniform, Selvi sat on the mat waiting for Amma to get her favourite tiffin of idlis and carrot sambar.

But today, as she waited she couldn’t smell the usual aroma from the kitchen. 'Here you go, Selvi, finish your tiffin and go to school!' Amma placed a plate with idlis and coconut chutney. 'Before you ask me, let me tell you, no carrot sambar...

Why Talk About Food Waste?

Why Talk About Food Waste?

What is food wastage? Simply put, it means throwing away food which could have been eaten by oneself or by others. This could happen for various reasons – buying more than needed, or because it has been too long on the dining table. We are all guilty of pushing older food to the back the fridge or cupboard and placing fresh food in front.