DRION Sanitary Pads – Biodegradable and completely organic.

Hi everyone, like me, there are many who believe in the mantra ” One step back is one step forward in minimalist culture. It is applied to the time when you decide to go back in time and search for options that would reduce the waste and help you live a sustainable lifestyle. For example, people use to grow their own food in earlier times and the same is now being repeated by the people belonging to the ever-growing community of minimalist or zero wasters. But here is a little twist, I am referring one step back for the failures I face while trying to live a sustainable lifestyle. Not just once in a while but many times this failure has occurred and yes, there are many reasons for it but I don’t want to give any excuse. This is one of such incident where I have to switch from cloth pads to bio-degradable, disposable.

previously I have written about my zero waste periods and how happy I was with the switch from regular pads to cloth pads which had got a very positive and wide response. But today I will talk about how I had to switch from cloth pads to BIODEGRADABLE pads. My current job schedule is very demanding and 14 hours out of 24 hours in a day I am occupied with work. I was hardly getting the time to come home and change the cloth pads. The one draws back with cloth pads is you cannot change it anytime anywhere as you cannot dispose of it. If you are a working for 7 to 8 hrs at a stretch in one day then it will be a big task. Only if your work place is near your house, maybe then you can come back home to change. One of my close friend, fellow blogger and a minimalist did suggest me to carry the cloth pad in a bag to home from work place which is something I will definitely try (Thank you NITHYA – Insta handle @greenerbytheday). But this article is for those who are looking for disposable for their own reasons.

Another problem with cloth pads I faced this monsoon is that in Mumbai where it rains almost every day it is difficult to dry cloth pads. I use cloth pads when I am at home and at night but sometimes have to take the help of iron to dry it properly.

Sometimes it’s better to contribute in small ways than completely ignoring the issue at hand.

I know you must be thinking why not a menstrual cup? To be honest the cups haven’t worked out for me yet for unknown reasons but I hope one day I will find a cup for myself which will suit my body type.

I couldn’t go back to the polyester disposable pads as they are a threat to the environment and have many negative effects on health hence, I decided to go for the biodegradable pads.

 

 

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What are the few things you need to look for in biodegradable pads?

  1. All natural polymer, preferably organic
  2. Completely biodegradable including the glue used.
  3. Chemical free
  4. Plastic free packaging or minimal packaging.

Nowadays you might get pads which claim to be organic and degradable but very few are what they claim to be. Many times they have some amount of plastic as well as chemicals embedded in it.

My problem was immediately solved when I came across DRION PADS which not only satisfy the above points but is also designed to give the comfort of the regular non-degradable pads. It is based on the German technology of use of Negative ions which are proved to beneficial for health by the current research studies. So here is what I liked about them…

  1. Degradable and environment-friendly.
  2. They are made up of layers of non-allergenic organic cotton
  3. Disposable
  4.  The individual pads are packed in a re-sealable plastic free packs. Paper is used instead (non-recycled therefore no bleaching) of plastic.
  5. The glue is also made up of all natural and compostable material (food grade starch adhesive).
  6. 100% chemical free as they are free of dyes, artificial coloring, bleaching or chemical additives making them sensitive to your skin. These nasties include chemicals like artificial dyes, chlorine, dioxins, GMO’s, rayon, viscose, carbon disulfide, sulphuric acid, phthalates, pesticides and herbicides, odor neutralizers and synthetic adhesives.
  7. Negative ion technology which reduces the discomfort and pains during periods and promotes healthy living.
  8. Organic pine resin polymer is used for absorbing the odor which is again a added advantage.
  9. Even the release paper in which each pad is individually wrapped is biodegradable.
  10. The outer packaging is made from aluminum foil wrap which is recyclable and does not use any plastic which is also great for the environment.

They are shipped in bulk from Australia and you can buy them online from THE ECO TRUNK which is an online store that promotes sustainable living.

 

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Night pads.

 

Ups and downs are part of life and we have to deal with it in best possible way. If you are truly passionate about being an environmentalist and a minimalist than you have to find the best way out.  For me, this opportunity was given by DRION PADS and THE ECO-TRUNK. I don’t think I could have switched to anything better than this. Also, I see to it that whenever I am at home and at night I will use a cloth pad.

Please leave your comments below to let me know what are your views on this or hit like if you agree.

Thank you.

– Pooja Navale

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Swachh Bharat Abhiyan not enough, we need efficient waste segregation and recycling systems.

My country, India that is, on one hand, rising up under the leadership of Narendra Modi (Present Prime Minister) with programs such as MAKE IN INDIA and SWACHH BHARAT ABHIYAN, on the other hand the government has failed to provide the basic structure for waste segregation. It has also been observed that right from political leaders to school teachers all have failed to inculcate the habit of “NOT LITTERING” in the citizens of India.

Every day tons of unsegregated waste is collected by our municipalities and sent to landfills. Outskirts of our over populated cities are spoiled by the foul smell, rodents, flies and predatory birds who lunch on this waste in landfills. Landfills release methane gas (a greenhouse gas) into the atmosphere rather than being put to proper use. Landfills are also a health hazard for the people who work in there.

Landfill which was a successful technique a few years back is no longer a sustainable option. The ever growing city circumference and the severe land crunch have made this option tougher for our municipalities to manage it.

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Only if we could take the segregation of waste at home level seriously the tons of waste produced every day can be handled in a very sustainable manner. When we segregate waste we segregate the biodegradable solid waste from the non-biodegradable waste. The biodegradable part is of great use to us. Many cities in India have started making it compulsory for households to segregate their waste. Pune city for example (from my personal example and case study done by me) has made it compulsory to sort the waste into the two bins provided by the municipality. The waste while being collected is checked and if not sorted properly it is not taken by the waste collector.

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The wet waste is sent to plants. These plants extract energy from waste by various processes. Few plants make methane which is a biofuel while few make composts. The end products of composts can be used as fertilizers. Electricity can also be produced from methane gas.

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However, this is done in very few cities. Even today people are lethargic to sort the waste for their own good. Sorted waste can be put to good use. In Mumbai (case study by Go.In.Green) where the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan is on the rise and Municipal corporations have set up two separate waste collection bins one for wet waste and one for dry waste. But in the end, all of it goes into the same waste collecting van. This is a massive failure.

In Australia where I am currently staying from past 2 years, we have to sort our waste into three categories – waste, recycle waste and green waste. We have one garbage bin allocated for each category and waste collection is done weekly. We have to sort our waste and need to stick to the given size. No extra waste will be taken by the council. By doing this the waste is not only sorted but also the amount of waste produced has been limited from each house. Also if you need an extra garbage bin you need to pay an extra amount hence, people avoid it.

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Limiting the amount of waste produced and sorting the waste is very important. We owe that to nature and our environment. I will end this article by Gandhiji’s saying that

The world has enough for everyone’s need but not for everyone’s greed.

The principle can be easily applied to sustainable living where we use only what is required and not waste resources. And if we are wasting we make sure that it is respectfully disposed of.

-Srushti Dudhankar

My weekend was all about cycling, periods and Shomota Cloth pads.

I got a new set of cloth pads from Shomota  and this is how was my experience was…

This is my 4th month of Zero Waste period and I have been using only cloth pads. I am really happy with this choice and it’s going great. But Before I begin I want to tell you that I already have one set of Cloth pads from the purchase that I had made earlier however, they are less than the required amount and hence, instead of buying the same one I decided to try a new brand this time.

Here is what I got from Shomota:

  1. Kamini Medium plus –  2
  2. Gada Medium – 1
  3. Poddo Heavy – 1
They are not leak proof which means they don’t have PUL (Polyurethane laminate It is a compound fabric made by laminating a cloth fabric to a thin-film of polyurethane) bottom cover, unlike my previous pads. You can go for PUL leak proof pads at Shomota store if you need but as I have tried PUL cloth pads I needed to go for the more sustainable option by going for all natural fabric.
The pads from Shomota come with a lot of different prints and color. What I loved is the design of the Poddo and Gada which has space to put the cloth inserts. It is easy to wash as you can open the entire cloth and change only the cloth instead of the entire pad. Also, if in the future the insertable cloth is required to be changed you can simply buy one new piece of cloth from shomota or you can make one at home and reuse it. No need of throwing the entire pad away.
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Gada Medium Pad

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I opted for Gada medium so that it could last longer and no need of immediate changing of cloth pad and guess what it really worked. On the very first day of my period (which a heavy flow day), I used the Gada medium for entire 7 hours without any leakage. Yes, it is a bit bulky if you compare it with the disposable pads or any other cloth pad brands in the market but it is still very comfortable and super soft.

On the Second day, I decided to go for Kamini medium plus and it too lasted for more than 5 hours and I realized that Kamini light would also have been sufficient for me.

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Kamini Medium Pad

 

The night was tension free, all thanks to the Poddo Heavy pad. It lasted for more than 8 hours which I think is highly efficient. If your flow is medium or light you can choose for Podo medium as well for the night. I was just going for more safe and risk-free option and hence went for heavy but it’s really not required unless you have a really heavy flow.

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Poddo Heavy Pad

 

On the weekends I usually go for cycling with my friends (from past 3 weeks) and  I was a bit afraid of the cloth pads as this time my periods chose to come on Friday. But I decided to clear the doubts myself by trying it. We cycled all the way 13 Kms on Saturday and 13 Kms again on Sunday. Here I am comfortable and stain free. What else you need?. I want to scream right now and tell how the cloth pads are comfortable and risk-free even while cycling (the flow is generally heavy if you do any physical activity). Not even for a minute did I feel anything different about cloth pads while cycling. So all the myths and doubt that cloth pads won’t work while heavy physical activity is busted.

One more thing worth mentioning would be that I use to avoid walking during periods as that used to give rashes due to the rubbing of wings in the thigh areas. Also, the generation of sweat because of non-breathable disposable pads use to make the situation worst. But in this hot and humid weather of Mumbai, I was able to cycle during my periods for 1 hour without stopping and heavily sweating with No signs of rashes. They absorb all the sweat and not leave us with any irritation. I just love cloth pads and you too will.

Also enjoyed a little bit of walk after cycling from Kharghar to the nursery in Belapur, C.B.D. You can see the cloudy weather which made us sweat like anything.

For Kamini Medium I would say all thumbs up as it can last up to 5 hours with the medium flow and the entire 8 hours with light flow.

Coming to the washing part, as usual, you gave to soak them for minimum 20 mins in room temperature water and just give a little washing later with a brush and cloth washing bar. They are really easy to clean especially the Poddo and Gada with the insertable design and it gets really clean with no stains. Even Kamini cloth pads come out very clean after washing with no stain. They also do not shrink or change any shape or get crumpled up but remains good as new.

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The bottom of Shomota Cloth pads.

 

Overall I loved the Shomota pads for its size options, reusable design, and for the ease of cleaning. A good green choice for waste free and healthy periods.

For more on Green periods please check out my previous articles in the Green review section.

-Pooja Navale

Do we need the Products that scream “Germ-free”?

Reducing our usage of products or buying them is not an easy task. The products are marketed in such a way as if it is the most important thing to buy. They make us believe without them we might be taking big risks with our health and beauty.

Today I am going to talk only about the body care products that are labeled germicide the list includes soaps, hand wash, shampoos, lotions, sanitizers, sanitary pads, toothpaste, mouthwash and hand wipes. The markets are flooded with products that say 100% Germ protection, kills all the germs in 6 seconds, maximum protection from germs and anti-bacterial effect.

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Being a microbiologist I need to tell you that these type of items are required either for treating an infection or for the protection from infectious agents. This is necessary for the people who work in medical facilities as they are exposed to deadly organisms on daily basis or the people who live in a unhygienic place.

A purpose of any regular soap or shampoo that we all use should be just to remove the dead cells and clean the surface by removing bacteria. This type of cleaning is more than enough for us to have a hygienic life. But day by day we are getting obsessed with such products.

We need to understand that the products which are antibacterial are doing more harm than just cleaning us. They kill the natural bacterial flora (population of bacteria in a particular region) that resides in/on our body.

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It’s true that micro-organisms are present everywhere and they cause diseases in humans as well as in animals. But we need to understand that not all the bacteria cause disease. Out of millions and trillions of bacteria, only some are disease-causing and others are harmless. Out of these harmless populations, many are useful to us.

Recent studies show that the way we have an ecosystem that consists of various living organisms (flora and fauna of a particular place), together making a balanced eco-system in the similar way we have micro-biome i.e the group of microorganisms on and in our body that functions in a very balanced way. They protect us, control certain functions and regulate many of our bodies mechanisms.

Here are few examples –

  1. Bacteria that live in our gut help in the digestions of complex sugar such as lactose from milk. They breakdown such complex substance which we cannot.
  2. These gut bacteria also help to protect our digestive lining from getting attacked by the harmful bacteria.
  3.  Similarly, on the skin, we have normal flora that us protects our skin from getting invaded by disease-causing bacteria.
  4. Recent studies show that damage to natural microbiome of the body would lead to many types of diseases including type-2 diabetes.

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Any anti-bacterial product is designed to kill most of the bacteria. They are not targeted to any particular species of bacteria. This creates an imbalance of normal flora thus, exposing our body to disease-causing microorganisms invasions. Also, prolonged use of antibacterial products can give rise to drug-resistant micro-organisms (which are more deadly as no previous medicine will work on it). It is best to use the regular soaps which would only wash off the bacteria and not kill it, this will reduce any chance of development of drug resistance bacteria.

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Don’t believe me?, Do you know why a doctor prescribes antacid with antibiotics or any other powerful drug? or why are there products like “Yakult” (probiotics) coming to market saying eat healthy bacteria to restore your gut bacterial population?

The antibiotics will kill most of your gut flora which will cause digestive troubles as pointed above. Of course, we need antibiotic to treat infections but we don’t need to use the other anti-bacterial products so often. Just washing your hands in the clean water nd using a lathering soap once in while is more than enough for our good hygienic practice.

The consumer market works mostly by creating fear in the minds of the people and often misleads people in buying unwanted things.

One can use a sanitizer if necessary in the following cases:-

  • During the outbreak of infectious disease.
  • When traveling to places where you might not get clean water.
  • Visiting hospitals.
  • While working in a unhygienic environment.

So it is time to reduce our shopping list by striking out products that say antibacterial.

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Note: The major ingredient in all these antibacterial products is TRICLOSAN which is an anti-bacterial and anti-fungal agent.

Read more here:

  1.  Triclosan in personal care products
  2. Triclosan – is it safe?

also, check out the following links:

  1. You may be damaging your body’s ecosystem and not know it
  2. The microbiome and disease
  3. Research paper from NCBI on effects of antibiotics on microbiome
  4. 5 hidden dangers of hand sanitizer

If you want to know how the bacteria becomes drug resistant then check out this link Superbugs

I hope you find this article useful.

-Pooja Navale

 

What people have to say about cloth pads…part #2

Contd…

Go.In.Green in collaboration with SHOMOTA (online cloth pad store) had organized the “I LOVE CLOT PADS” contest. The best 10 answers have been selected to be published on the blog to raise awareness and that’s what today’s article is all about. The Idea behind the contest was to get to know the genuine opinion from the people about cloth pads so we can encourage others to make the sustainable switch.

So here are the remaining 7 answers out of top 10 answers that we received.

Please check the previous article to read the answers of top 3 contestants.

Question: Why do you believe cloth pads are better than regular disposable pads and what is your personal experience with cloth pads?

Answers:

1. Tatiana Cortes:-

  • Cloth pads are very comfortable and because they are reusable, durable and organic, I don’t have any of the problems of regular panty liners such as uncomfortable itching, odor, and having them fall apart by the end of the day.
  • I was hesitant to use cloth pads at first, even though I was using a menstrual cup and wanted to reduce waste. I thought cloth pads would be bulky and annoying to wash, but they have exceeded my expectations! They are incredibly comfortable (can’t even tell they’re there), easy to take care of, and don’t produce any waste, which is a high value of mine.

2. Nithya T:- 

Where can I start?

  • Earth friendly 
  • Comfort 
  • Chemical free 
  • Zero waste 
  • Money saving 
  • Empowering 
  • Yet again, Earth-friendly.! 😉
  • The most comfortable and carefree period I’ve ever had. Wish I knew about these for the past 10 years.!

3. Apoorva Singh:- 

  • Simply because it’s eco-friendly. I haven’t ever used a cloth pad and I’ll be honest, I do have my inhibitions about it, but I’m also equally excited to use it!
  • I got to know about cloth pads very recently. The idea of disposable pads piling used to trouble me a lot but I had no idea that there was such an alternative available. I’ll be hella glad to try them out ^.^

4. Saujanya V:-

  • Cloth pads are comfortable and feel soft. I changed to cloth pads 2 months ago because I didn’t want to harm the environment(feeling guilty because I didn’t know about disposable pads for many years). But better late than never.😇
  • First I thought it’ll be a big task to wash and dry the pads. But after using it for two days I got used to it. Cloth pads feel comfy…no fuss..and happy that I’m doing something to save my earth.

5. Sailaxmi Jakka:- 

  • I have been using cloth pads for a year now and I am sure about them, that no chemicals are added as I have not got a rash yet.
  • And they are helping me reduce the amount of waste I generate.
  • They are eco-friendly.
  • Easy to clean and dry.  Seeing me line dry my cloth pads my neighbors have converted to cloth pads.
  • I am supporting women and empowering them by using cloth pads from shomota. 
  • Look and feel of cloth pads is awesome.I love cloth pads.
  • They are easy to maintain.
  • I feel so good about the fact that I am no more contributing to ugly landfill. THIS CLOTH PAD USA IS CONTAGIOUS, ALL MY NEIGHBORS WANT TO TRY THEM OUT.

6. Sadhana Sahu:- 

  • Reduction in waste generation and reduction in exposure of sanitary labor to soiled pads are my primary concerns.
  • Reduced exposure to chemicals present in pads and relief for women who get rashes from disposables are also big advantages.
  • Increased comfort with my own blood and the conversations with friends it has led me to are cherries on the cake
  • Cloth pads are great for everyone but we still need some which are as efficient as the high-end disposables. Some are good. I have various brands.
  • I prefer cup. I used cloth pads only for a few months after a yeast infection. My pads proved to be of great help during a desert camping trip when I couldn’t rely on my cup. I used cloth pads and stored them till I returned home. No problem at all. Currently, I use panty liners for back-up with the cup when needed.

7. Varsha Naik Pai:- 

Yes absolutely.

  • Cloth pads have no bad smells.
  • Periods don’t mean sweaty sticky lady bits anymore.
  • No rashes and altered gait due to them! Pretty designs make periods more fun.
  • My periods have become regular and happy since I’ve started using cloth pads.
  • The fact that I don’t add to the landfill and no sanitation worker handles my pads is the cherry on the cake!
  • In one word, fabulous.
  • They are soft and comfortable. No smells no rashes and gas free periods.
  • I was worried about using them at work, but it’s not a hassle in that department either. Washing is easy if you plan a little (and want to do it!)

-Pooja Navale

What people have to say about cloth pads…part #1

Go.In.Green in collaboration with SHOMOTA (online cloth pad store) had organized the “I LOVE CLOT PADS” contest. The best 10 answers have been selected to be published on the blog to raise awareness and that’s what today’s article is all about. The Idea behind the contest was to get to know the genuine opinion from the people about cloth pads so we can encourage others to make the sustainable switch.

Here are the top 3 out of top 10 (others I will be posting in the 2nd article) answers that we received.

Question: Why do you believe cloth pads are better than regular disposable pads and what is your personal experience with cloth pads?

Answers:

1. Lanchana:- 

  • Eco-friendly,
  • Free from chemicals, fragrances, plastics and adhesives.
  • Comfortable to wear 
  • More economical in the long run
  • I have been using disposable pads for the last 20 years. Never knew about reusable pads until a couple of months back when I started cloth diapering my baby. Really wish I knew about them much earlier. Anyway, I got a trial pack with different brands from Hygiene and you and used them for the first time last cycle. My favorite among them was Shomota. These are the reasons why I loved them:
  • 1. Comfort: They are so so so soft and comfortable. No irritation or itching caused by disposables anymore
  • 2. Secure: What I liked best are the snaps on the wings instead of the adhesives in a disposable. They make it more secure, unlike the adhesives which don’t stay in place most of the time. Also, I totally hate how these adhesives get stuck in the wrong places.
  • 3. Colors: Last but not least, no more boring white disposable pads. Love love loves all the pretty colors and designs of my Shomota pads. 😍

2. Nimisha Nair:- 

  • I think that first of all disposable pads are very harmful to our health. The different chemicals used in it can be very toxic for us. Those toxins can also lead to cancer of the ovary.
  • Secondly, disposable pads are not at all environment-friendly. They are made up of different layers of plastic which take years to decompose. On the other hand, cloth pads are comfortable to use, and it’s environment-friendly. It’s a traditional method just recreated in a modern way, so we don’t have any doubts about it. These pads are reusable, which again is a very great benefit for us. It’s like a one-time investment. Pay for it once and use it for years.
  • I would surely like to try one. Before this, I had never heard about it. I mean I knew what these pads are but had my own doubts. But now as all my doubts are cleared, I would really love to use them.

3. Parul Gandhi:- 

  • Cloth pads have been traditionally used in India. They directly address the grave issue of disposing plastic waste and also use less amount of water in the process as the disposable sanitary pads are proven to consume more water during production.
  • The reusable nature of cloth pads also makes them cost efficient.
  • Plus, most companies involved in the production of cloth pads are small-scale ones who employ local labors and use locally grown produce, thereby producing employment opportunities.
  • I made the switch to cloth pads two years ago and I have never looked back. They are certainly more comfortable and I don’t have to face the issue of rashes anymore. I also feel relieved as I know that I have opted for an environmentally safe menstruation practice.

I am very thankful to Shomota and team for the help and encouragement. You guys are doing a great work and all my best wishes to you 🙂 I also want to thank all the participants and people who are using cloth pads. Let’s make this world a better place to live in.

-Pooja Navale

 

Plastic waste collection and awareness rally at Panvel.

Hello friends, I am back again with another Green event that happened at CUF Nagar, Panvel, Navi Mumbai. This time it was a bit different from the previous one. I and the green warrior had participated in the rally which was organized by Citizens Unity Forum (CUF), Panvel and S. R. Joshi Memorial Trust operated Subodh Nirmal Abhiyan, a plastic recycling project, Usarli, Panvel. The other organization who joined the rally were Nisarg Mitr, Rotary Club of Panvel Central, Rotract club of panvel central, Samvedana charitable trust, Jana Jagaruti Grahak Manch, Stri Mukti Sanghatna and Dr.Brimole Foundation.

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has. – Margaret Mead

The rally was on a  large-scale from the previous one that was arranged here in Kharghar by Green Warriors. There were people from all age group, we all carried placards that had various slogans, we collected plastic waste from the streets, distributed pamphlets that informed about waste segregation and plastic recycling, also there was a special arrangement for megaphone that announced the motive of the rally and how it’s important for the people to wake up and help save the environment rather than being depended on the government.

It was great meeting people from all walks of life, who were not just enthusiastic but were doing great work in their own ways to save the environment. I will be making some Green Warriors post soon on these talks that we had.

We collected around 20 Kg of plastic waste and gave it for recycling at Subodh Nirmal Abhiyan (Recycling project), they convert the plastic waste into granules which they will be giving for road filling. The First time I had come to know about this I was happier than ever. And when I met Sunita Joshi the founder of the trust I was overwhelmed with Joy that such good people exist. I feel this way each time I meet a Green warrior. Lots of love and my respect to amazing people who are going out-of-the-way to give us Green options and making our Green living a possibility. Also, I am grateful to all those who joined the event and are ready to participate in Green all Green activity. We need to think beyond ourselves and our home in order to make Green living a common thing.

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Plastic Granules at Subodh Nirmal Abhiyan.

 

We also gave a Visit to the Subodh Nirmal Abhiyan and had an endless discussion on plastic waste and things we can do to manage it. More to come on that front.

Hope you liked the article and it has inspired you to join us for the upcoming events. Please subscribe for more. Thank you all.

-Pooja Navale

Soaps by Sangi

Organic Soaps and Shampoos – Good for us, Good for Earth.

soap #I don’t use too much of cosmetics and now that I know how bad the chemicals are for us and the environment I have stopped purchasing any. I am searching for organic, options. The best sustainable options are the one that can be made at home. For DIY recipes please visit www.glamorganicdesi.com which is a super awesome blog. But if that is not possible than organic cosmetics with minimum packing or eco-friendly packaging is good option to make the switch.

For the materialist, advertising becomes the powerful drug that feeds the addiction. Advertising prays on one’s sense of inadequacy and loneliness. It promises that products and service will enhance a person’s personality and identity and make him or her more appealing – Jeremy Rifkin

The most important beauty product that we all use on daily basis is soaps and shampoos. They are meant to be body “cleaning” products but they have become “beauty” product. A purpose of soap or shampoo is to give lather that will carry away all the dirt, germs and dead cells from the body. Now, we have soaps that talks about fairness, moisturizer, anti-bacterial effect and even claim to be anti-ageing.

If you have read the label, you must have observed that most of these products are chemical based and the oils used in it are chemically processed oil so even they contain lots of chemicals. A basic cleanser does not need all of these chemicals. Also, the packaging they have is another environmental issue altogether.

Organic soaps and shampoos are made from natural ingredients that are obtained without any use of chemicals. Few also offers cruelty-free (does not use any animal product or animal testing) products and vegan options. I decided to test a few myself so ordered a bunch of soaps and shampoo bars made by Sangita Vasuraj named as “Soaps By Sangi”.

Soaps By Sangi offers a wide range of soaps and shampoo bars. They make the product on order so they are fresh, does not spoil and allow no wastage. They come packed in paper cling wraps and do not sweat because of beeswax. Also, these paper wraps are made from recycled paper. Some soaps have milk in it but if you are a vegan than vegan options are available as well.

For more about Soaps By Sangi visit, Sangita Vasuraj’s personal blog soapsbysangi.blogspot.in . This is a Bangalore based business. You can also place the order through Facebook – Soaps by Sangi or Mail your order at –soapsbysangi@gmail.com

In this article, I am reviewing only two of the products I got from Soaps By Sangi. 


Soap Bar

Beer, activated charcoal, milk, fresh-cut grass, olive oil, coconut oil, Palm oil, sunflower oil, castor oil, and lye (caustic soda).

Review: – The soap bar has charcoal in it and you can pretty much see and feel that when you rub it on your skin. It gives a good amount of scrubs to the skin. The purpose of any soap is to cleanse your body which is perfectly done by this soap. It does not give a lot of foam like regular soaps and that makes it last long and do the proper cleaning. There is no artificial aroma and hence the soap has very light or negligible scent. It leaves your skin clean and nourished.

*One soap bar for one person, once every day can last for 3 weeks.

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Shampoo bar

Rosemary, citriodora, cedarwood, coconut, palm, sunflower, sesame oil, castor oil, apple cider vinegar, beeswax, and lye (Caustic Soda).

Review: – I have never used a soap bar before on my hairs, this was the first time and I was a bit scared. After the first wash, It made my hair voluminous as they had become a bit matted. But It did not make my hair or scalp dry so that was a good sign of proper moisturizing. Sangita Had told me that only after six wash you will come to know the proper working of the soap and hence, I decided to do so.

Now its more than six wash and I have continued using it because It has made my hair really soft and they are always hydrated. Even this soap has a very little aroma so It might feel different as we are so habituated of the shampoos that will give you fragrance throughout the day. It also gives a good amount of foaming but it has lots of oils in it that conditions your hair effectively.

*One bar can give you up to 30 washes depending on how you use and the length of your hair. I have washed my hair 8 times now and it has not even reduced to half.

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Cost wise they are definitely on the higher side but as they are handcrafted and use many organic ingredients I think they are worth the try.

My hairs before and after. The pictures are not edited or filtered. You can easily spot how my dry hairs have become smooth and look more nourished.

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-Pooja Navale

A Workshop on Green choices you can make during your menses.

I love the way social media can be used to spread awareness about various issues that we face on daily basis but to meet people and to talk with them face to face about environmental issues and raising awareness is altogether a different and positive experience.

When you sit in front of the screen you put up your thoughts and have to imagine that it might or might not reach people on different levels whereas haveing a social gathering like a workshop or seminar where you can interact with the audience personally the impact it causes such are much better and bigger.

 

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During the session. Speaker-Seema P. Khandale

 

I would have loved to restrict myself to blogging but not all type of people are accessible through blogging platform and hence once in a while, you need to go out there. Ultimately the aim is to create awareness and give people sustainable options. How you do that should not be a restriction hence, I decided to do a workshop on sustainable menstruation.

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Menstrual Cups and cloth pads by Eco-Femme.

We conducted the workshop on our building’s common terrace (sector-12, Kharghar)on 7th April in the evening, there was enough light as well as good amount of breeze. Such open places are best when it comes to saving energy as well as money. That was an additional green point that needed to be considered.

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It was a fun and interactive session conducted by my friend and colleague Seema Pardeshi Khandale. The discussion started with how environmental pollution is increasing day by day and how important it is to carry cloth bags. Seema Khandale being the founder of the Ashay social group (NGO) also distributed cloth bags amongst women. Seema Khandale runs an NGO that takes old sarees and stitch cloth bags. The aim is to provide employment to rural women as well as to raise environmental awareness against plastic carry bags.

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The cloth bags distributed by Seema Khandale. I Already started using it.

Ladies were not only informed about the available green option but they were also asked to be more open about the menses. The menstrual cups and cloth pads were shown to them so that all types of myths that people carry with them were busted.

In the end, there was a satisfaction of reaching to people, even when not everyone was eager to make the switch. Out 20 people who had attended the seminar we hope at least 2 or 3 would make the switch. I want to thank all the people who attended the workshop and others who helped and supported me organize it.

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-Pooja Navale.

That nasty pile of garbage at the street corner. What can you do about it?

REDUCE.! The answer is to stop contributing to the trash mountains. As much as we expect proper waste management, regular garbage pickups, and clean streets, most of us don’t think about what happens to the garbage after it is picked up.

Only those whose neighborhoods have been turned into official city dump yards know the real deal.

The air they breathe is the most polluted, leading to severe respiratory ailments to residents of all ages. The several hundred tons of garbage, comprising of a staggering amount of plastic, collected across the city every day are offloaded at these sites and burned in phases, leading to the stench, smoke, methane emissions, depletion of the water table, destruction of sensitive ecosystems, loss of habitat and countless other problems. All this is apart from the heavy emissions associated with the garbage trucks, their contribution to traffic and the blatant absence of dignity in labor for conservancy workers.

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When the garbage pick up van doesn’t show up for few days!!

 What is the solution?

Enthusiasts would say the solution lies in source segregation of waste and recycling. But as experts are quick to point out, recycling doesn’t remove the waste from the planet.

It merely brings it back in a new form, which is often of lower quality than the virgin product. The only real solution would be to prevent the production of non-recyclable and non-biodegradable waste, particularly plastics.! Food is always packed in fresh virgin plastics that are considered sterile and ‘food grade’. Have a look at your pantry to get an idea of how much of your food comes packed in plastic. Now imagine that coming out of every household in your neighborhood. No wonder the garbage bin in overflowing with stinking waste.! Even if all of these were to be recycled, the recycled plastic cannot be used to pack edible items due to the loss of purity.

While this may seem like going back in time, the solution lies in preventing the pollution, preventing all that plastic from entering your life in the first place. Several co-ops in India and abroad support the sale of organic groceries in ‘bulk’ or unpackaged, where a customer picks up their purchase in pure cotton bags, glass jars or steel containers. If you aren’t obsessive about buying organic food, you can speak to your local family-owned grocery store, requesting that your dry goods be packed in newspaper bundles like the older days or in your own cloth bags. If they refuse or say it isn’t possible since their goods come to them pre-packed, find a store that agrees with you. Now, while you may not get all your necessities plastic free, the idea is to reduce as much waste as possible and encouraging others to do the same.

Plastic in many forms

Besides packed groceries that form a huge chunk of household plastic waste, household cleaners, toothbrushes, sanitary pads, stationery, unnatural fabrics (polyester, fleece, nylon), packing tape (all those online purchases) and cosmetics add to the woes of the environment, chugging out toxic chemicals, plastic packaging and micro-plastic pollutants that are also harming your health. Much change can be achieved by making simple switches that will drastically reduce the waste we generate personally, leading to lesser waste going to dump sites every day.

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So the next time you such garbage lying on the roads, remind yourself about your responsibility.

-Nithya . T

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