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Yasaswini Sampathkumar

Ban Those Bugs

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Ban Those Bugs
One of my mother’s favourite childhood stories was about visiting a house where the family had a deep belief in co-existing with nature. While it seemed like an excellent idea at first (especially since my grandparents did host a variety of living things in their home and garden), she was taken ...

That Vinegar-y Superhero

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That Vinegar-y Superhero
A couple of weeks ago, I decided that I wasn’t going to buy any more products that had synthetic detergent surfactants. Which meant everything my local grocer stocked for cleaning clothes, vessels, or floors was out. No more quick trips to the local shop to buy washing powder for clothes, no mor...

It’s Deepavali, Stay Clean!

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It’s Deepavali, Stay Clean!
Deepavali means different things to different people. For many people, it means early morning oil baths, questions about ‘Ganga snanam aacha?”, fireworks, lamps, deepavali legiyam (a digestive paste to help you blast your way through the goodies), and rich, delicious food shared with friends and fam...

A Zero-Waste Childhood

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A Zero-Waste Childhood
When I first started composting, I became intimately aware of the waste that was being generated at home. I began to notice the dump trucks with two men standing next to rotting, stinking garbage. I noticed cooked food being thrown away into large open bins and attracting flies and strays. I not...

The 9 (Eco-Friendly) Days Of Navaratri

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The 9 (Eco-Friendly) Days of Navaratri
On the first day of Navaratri My true love sent to meA cloth bag full of green veggies On the second day of NavaratriMy true love sent to meTwo betel leaves, andA cloth bag full of green veggies On the third day of Navaratri My true love sent to meThree gundu manjalTwo betel leaves andA c...

5 Steps Towards Cooling Your Home Efficiently

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5 Steps Towards Cooling Your Home Efficiently
Imagine that you are going away for the weekend. Like the conscientious energy auditor that you are, you check the reading on your electricity metre before you go. You come back to find out that someone has swallowed 50 units of power when there was no one at home. Who is the culprit? (If you left t...

Myths And Truths About Energy Efficiency At Home

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Myths and Truths About Energy Efficiency at Home
A lot of our recent blog posts have focused on consumer goods – food, groceries, cleaning and personal hygiene products. A couple of weeks ago, however, I got into a very pleasant conversation with an energy conservation and renewable energy evangelist. He is likely to tell you that his name is Das,...

5 Incredibly Simple Ways To Reduce Food Waste

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5 Incredibly Simple Ways to Reduce Food Waste
A writer recently paid a very rich tribute to his mother’s cooking skills. He called her a ‘real cook’. Though I rolled my eyes when I first read that sentence, I realised that he had a point. He had grown up in a home with resource constraints and saw his mother create delicious meals with what...

3 Common Sense Travel Hacks That Make Travel Sustainable (and Our Parents Knew All About Them)

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3 Common Sense Travel Hacks That Make Travel Sustainable (and our parents knew all about them)
I was taking an extremely circuitous route to a destination last weekend and I wondered for a minute about the simple things that could help me tread lightly on the environment in spite all the miles I was racking up. Most of these ideas are within our living memory – we have seen parents and grandp...

3 Steps To Sustainable Grocery Shopping

3 Steps to Sustainable Grocery Shopping
Mindful Living and Everyday ChoicesLife with a toddler severely constrains my grocery shopping expeditions. Instead of browsing through the store, looking for stuff I need and buying a number of things that I don’t, I now make a detailed and painstaking list each month. This labourious exercise has ...
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