Vellore model of Solid Waste Management (seen in Satyamev Jayate’s “Don’t Waste Your Garbage” episode)


Cows, hens, frogs, ducks and earthworms—these are only some of the ‘workers’ helping C. Srinivasan to convert garbage into gold. Srinivasan, who appeared on the Don’t Waste Your Garbage episode, spoke about the ‘Vellore model’ of solid waste management which involves both animals and human beings in reusing and recycling waste. After the show, people from all walks of life approached him to learn more about handling waste responsibly. He us tells us more here.

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After the episode was aired on the morning of March 16, my phone was engaged all day, till late at night. I used to think garbage was a dry subject and nobody was really interested in it. But I was surprised that so many people want to see India clean.

Through the show, people learned about the reality of garbage and began to realize that the problem is solvable. They now want to see change in their own localities and become involved in bringing about that change. So, making India clean may not be far off. You have lit the fire and it has caught on like a forest fire; it cannot be stopped.

I was contacted by people from 16 states, and received nearly 300 emails. Out of these 50 were from total strangers. The people who contacted me wanted to know more about our Solid and Liquid Resource Management programme and implement it in their own areas. Some people even said, ‘I will give my land for this project, but I need your help with the technology.’ It isn’t so easy for people to promise their land for a project like this. Students contacted me to learn more about the SLRM project so that they can get involved in it soon after they graduate.

I also noticed that highly qualified people want to get involved in managing unwanted materials. Normally, such people want to sit in AC rooms and expect that people will come to them. But here, people with MBAs, MScs, PhDs and other postgraduate degrees contacted me. Most of them want to get involved in the field, to use their hands. Some want to use this method to develop a business; others just want to help society. At the moment, two people with MBAs are being trained by us. I feel that all these people are definitely going to be change-makers. Earlier, we were on the lookout for change-makers, but here they are waiting for us!

In addition to this, I received 12 emails from outside the country, including from a Madagascan diplomat stationed in Poland, who has approached the president of Madagascar and asked for the implementation of the SLRM programme in that country. Many people have expressed the desire to visit us and see the project site in Coimbatore. Looking at this response, we have decided to set up a training centre not only for people in Tamil Nadu but for people from across the world. They can come for a one-day visit or for a 15-day training programme, which will help them understand all the different aspects of treating and recycling unwanted solid and liquid materials. They could also stay for a year and get certified as a Grassroots-Level Consultant in SLRM from a local university.

Today, I still receive emails and calls from people who have seen the show. We’ve been waiting for this kind of response for years. Satyamev Jayate was like a rocket that pushed the issue of garbage into space. Now we just need to get it into orbit.

C. Srinivasan is the project director of Indian Green Service, an environmental organization. He can be contacted on velloresrini [at] hotmail.com.

Sourced from Satyamev Jayate website: http://www.satyamevjayate.in/Dont-Waste-Your-Garbage/EPISODE-3Impact.aspx?uid=E3-Impact-A1

Do you want to get in touch with / involved with Mr. Srinivasan and his organization?

Join their network here: http://www.indiangreenservice.com/advocacy-initiatives.html

Pedal-A-Watt – stationary bicycle power generator


A DIY idea to make a power generator which can be made to produce power using any bicycle. just take it along with you anywhere in the wilderness and your laptop and mobile will never fall short of power. All you need to know is the idea , which you will get in this link and basic electronics and mechanics which you can learn easily on net by googling the terms charge controller or voltage stabilizer to supply constant supply of electricity to your device, asking help to your engineer friend would make things further easier. Setup is similar to small generators attached to wheel for lighting headlights on bicycles easily available on many diy sites.


So check out this link to get the idea of making your own power generator —  http://www.econvergence.net/The-Pedal-A-Watt-Bicycle-Generator-Stand-s/1820.htm

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TOXICS ALERT – An environment news bulletin


Each and every second 310 Kg of toxic chemicals are released into our air, land, and water by industrial facilities around the world.This amounts to approximately 10 million tons (over 21 billion pounds) of toxic chemicals released into our environment by industries each year.Of these, over 2 million tons (over 4.5 billion pounds) per year are recognized carcinogens. This amounts to about 65 Kg each second.

Toxic substances can range from naturally occurring toxics like arsenic and bacteria to man-made chemicals like flame retardants, or pesticides.We can’t help but come into contact with a range of chemicals in our daily lives. More than 70,000 chemicals are currently in commercial use and little is known about their effects on our health. Substances can pose very different risks depending on how we come into contact with them, the amount that gets into our bodies, and for how long and how often this occurs.

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Whether or not a substance poses a risk to our health depends on many things, including individual sensitivities. Sometimes we sense an odor in our environment that we think is making us sick, and even if we are not being exposed to toxic levels of chemicals, that smell can affect our quality of life.

To keep yourself updated about toxins and its affect in India follow this bulletin – http://enews.toxicslink.org/

DIY Rocket Stove


A rocket stove is an efficient cooking stove using small diameter wood fuel which is burned in a simple high-temperature combustion chamber containing an insulated vertical chimney which ensures complete combustion prior to the flames reaching the cooking surface.

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The principles were described by Dr. Larry Winiarski from Aprovecho in 1982 and stoves based on this design won Ashden Awards in both 2005 and 2006. Interest in rocket stoves has led to the development of rocket mass heaters and other innovations.
A rocket stove achieves efficient combustion of the fuel at a high temperature by ensuring a good air draft into the fire, controlled use of fuel, complete combustion of volatiles, and efficient use of the resultant heat. It has been used for cooking purposes in many energy poor locales as well as for space and water heating.

Check out this design made of materials easily found around any house or farm – http://devandhema.blogspot.in/2013/11/a-really-exciting-rocket-stove-project.html

DIY hydrophonics – Grow edible plants without soil.


Ever imagined a fully functional garden right in your balcony of apartment or near your window, or where ever you got little space with sun light around.
Worried about where to get pots and soil ? Scared of hassles of watering and dirt ? You actually don’t need one. Hydroponics is the solution.
Hydroponics is a method of growing plants using mineral nutrient solutions, in water, without soil. Terrestrial plants may be grown with their roots in the mineral nutrient solution only or in an inert medium, such as perlite, gravel, mineral wool, expanded clay pebbles or coconut husk.

All you need is a Hydroponics  DIY kit. Get Yourself this small kit and start learning Hydroponics in a matter of days.

Get yourself one here – http://www.gardenguru.in/hydroponic-diy-kits/393-hydroponic-diy-raft-kit-dwc.html

For kit in action check out this video –

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For more information about Hydrophonics and how to start it in your place Check out this blog –
http://geekgardener.in/2013/10/23/hydroponic-basil-videos/

This kit comes with the following

  • Container with lid ( holes premade, but can be customized)
  • Nutrient solution for growing herbs (For 100 Litres)
  • Seeds of Herbs (Large leaf Basil, coriander, Sage).
  • Net pots
  • Grow plugs 15 no
  • Air pump

The everlasting bulb


Planned obsolescence or built-in obsolescence in industrial design is a policy of planning or designing a product with a limited useful life, so it will become obsolete, that is, unfashionable or no longer functional after a certain period of time. Planned obsolescence has potential benefits for a producer because to obtain continuing use of the product the consumer is under pressure to purchase again.

Benito Muros is one of the world’s businessmen who haven’t accepted planned obsolescence,The founder of the SOP movement  (Sin Obsolescencia Programada= Without Planned Obsolescence), has hit out against planned obsolescence by making an everlasting light bulb and establishing a movement with the aim of putting an end to the abusive practices of multinational companies.

read more about  “The Everlasting Light Bulb”  at – http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-fight-against-consumerism-and-planned-obsolescence-the-everlasting-light-bulb/5336950

until we get some one inspired by the SOP movement and we start getting these bulbs in India too, here is quick DIY about what to do with old fused bulbs.

30 desi ways to go eco-friendly


Sustainability, eco friendly, go green may sound like new slogans of  India, but as far as an eco friendly lifestyle goes, most of the traditional Indian ways serve as a model example! Each region in India has its own set of eco-friendly habits. It is important to educate our younger generation about these habits.

Check out this wonderful article by RAMA COUSIK.

http://thealternative.in/environment/30-desi-ways-to-go-eco-friendly/

Saurabh phadke


Sourabh Phadke is a School teacher and an architect (the former by choice, the latter by chance) amongst other fictitious titles. He works with children on matters of exceeding importance including mud balls, the birds & the bees (literally), junk toys, pee-poo and stuff around us.

He is also known to build houses of all things natural and junk, and is frequently found professing the same among organic circles.
He is the author and illustrator for a few minor publications which include ‘The Muddy Micromanuals!’ and ‘Poo’.

Find his work at http://www.sourabh.tk/

watch his ted-x talk at – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l2JMMHK_Iy4

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why not compost ?

why not compost ?

If you are seeing this, chances are that you are aware of the problem of kitchen waste.
Being just aware of the problem doesn’t help, does it ?

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So moving towards the solution here is the one,  get yourself one of these products and happy composting !!

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visit this site and checkout all there products — http://dailydump.org

DIY- weekend project


DIY - upcycled hooks

DIY – upcycled hooks

If you hate regular , ugly plastic , aluminium or iron wall mounted hooks, here is  your treat !!

1. Looking for a weekend up-cycling  project , here’s the one. Be it clothes or keys or anything, a eco-friendly solution.

2. Start by gathering  wood pieces or strong twigs in the shape of hooks, from your garden or any park near your area.
You can make search interesting by incorporating a game for your kids or a group. Have a small morning walk treasure hunt.

3. Shape it appropriately and and fine it as per your need, you can keep it raw or varnish it , depends completely on you.

4. Be creative and try different things , remove bark to get whitish color , polish it , keep it plain , whatever suits you.

5. Framing wood can be found anywhere in your dump yard or your neighbor’s, i don’t think India is short in old windows and doors frames, you      usually find them lying around as waste.

6. some nails , wood saw , fevicol (optional) ,  hammer, and a will to do is all you need.

do share your creative ideas and pics with us.

Resharing.org


Check out resharing.org : An initiative taken by some friends based in Mumbai, to pool in and share resources without getting money involved. A lot of good equipment, books etc on offer if you want to use for a short duration and then return it.

Some kinds of resources are often required only for a short duration of time (typically under a month) and thereafter could be made available for reuse by others again. Hence along with platforms like freecycle, there is a parallel need for a complementary platform, which Resharing.org aims to provide.

This platform catalogs the resources in circulation to enable access to that resource again in the future. It is similar to a library wherein the resources can be located by members within their locality. It will also provide additional search features, as well as a facility for registered users to be aware of pending requests.

Gunter Pauli: The Blue Economy


Inspiring person: a serial entrepreneur who’s making business models that are more in tune with ecology, from which everyone can benefit. He converted 20 million hectares of deforested Savannah in South America back into forest, and in the process multiplied the land’s value 3000 times over in 25 years : a better investment than, say, investing in microsoft.

“Gunter Pauli has a dream. The Belgian economist and entrepreneur has a plan to develop 100 manufacturing innovations with viable business models that could generate 100 million jobs in 10 years. All with zero emissions and no waste.

He calls it “The Blue Economy” with innovations covering the full gamut of industrial activity, from energy to mining, from medicine to banking … all of it inspired by science and biometrics. And Pauli isn’t all talk … there’s plenty of action in the many startup-style projects around the globe funded by his organisation Zero Emissions Research and Initiative, which is now a global network.

Memorable achievements include recycling coffee waste for mushroom farming, making biodegradable detergent from discarded citrus peel, and the conversion of petrol stations into ‘charge stations’ for electric cars.”

via Gunter Pauli: The Blue Economy – Science and Technology – Browse – Big Ideas – ABC TV.

Check out a video/audio in the linked article, a 1 hr presentation where he shares most of his work.

Story of Stuff in Hindi


A 20-minute animation of the consumerist society, narrated by Anne Leonard

Thanal Zero Waste Centre


http://www.thanal.co.in/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=48&Itemid=74

Earthship Biotecture – self sustaining homes by Mike Reynolds


Inline image 2Renegade architect Michael Reynolds, creator of radically sustainable homes. These homes:

  • grow their own food
  • harvest and use their own water
  • control their temperature even in extreme heat and cold
  • process and re-utilize all their waste and sewage
  • generate their own power
  • need no power lines or water pipes going in, and have no sewage going out.
  • are made from locally sourced materials including thrown-away tyres, bottles, tin cans.

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