Author: Go.In.Green

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

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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.

If you find this article useful please subscribe. Have a great day all 🙂

-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.

Hope to organize more such events. Give us your Ideas and your interest in such Green events. Pledge to #goingreen with us.

-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

Follow her on Instagram @greener_by_the_day for environment and sustainability related posts.

Conscious consumerism becomes easy with online stores like Golisoda!

We have to fight our own battle and people will join. This is coming true for me and I am sure it must have happened to many others just like me. This journey of being a minimalist started very casually but now I have realized that there are many people in this battlefield already, fighting to save the environment. Changing few habits looks like a very small thing to do for the environment but we all know the ripple effect, may the conscious consumerism spread everywhere. Now that I am settling into this I could see there are so many amazing people and businesses who are doing great work in the field of sustainability. We now have a wide range of products that are sustainable.

Adopting sustainable lifestyle need not mean doing more work or spending more money. Once you choose to be here you will see that it is less work and less money. All you have to do is use the brilliant “brains’ that we all have to reduce the needs, repurpose the things you would otherwise throw and whenever buying anything buy it consciously. Once you train your brain to do this, automatically the solutions will come to you. That’s the key to become a Zero waste(r) or minimalist and live a sustainable lifestyle.

Being an Indian this is not supposed to be a hard thing, we are born savers but the consumer market is flooding with a great many options and at cheaper prices, so we hardly care now.

We have to shift our “save money” behaviourial trait to “save the planet” trait and we will be best of the minimalist that any country can have.

Coming back to the point I would like to say is that in this battle of being an eco-conscious person how nice it would be to have options readily available for you to switch from being a monster consumer to a conscious consumer?

Here is the link to an amazing eco store with really cool up-cycled (reuse discarded objects or material in such a way as to create a product of higher quality or value than the original) and sustainable goods for your everyday needs. Right from home accessories to clothing and all in between. Check out the Golisoda Store and let me know in the comments what would you like to get for yourself the most.

Things I got for myself are the beautifully painted “waste” glass bottle vase that would accompany my up-cycled glass bottle and a box of pencils made from the newspapers.

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Golisoda’s upcycled beer bottle vase on the right accompanying my green up-cycled bottle vase.

 

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The amazing pencils made from newspaper.

Apart from being sustainable what I liked the most about the pencil is the message that it is giving. Briliantly designed!

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Eco-friendly packaging.

I may not be able to use the pencils always but at least when I am scribbling my own notes I can use a pencil and in this way, I reduce on the plastic pens.

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The layers of newspapers after sharpening the pencil.

Some other things that I found really worth buying are the Seed Earrings, Organic and all natural Detergent & Gift wrapping papers.

-Pooja Navale

using cotton bags to store vegetables in the fridge

Plastic bags V/S Noyyal Go Green produce bags.

Plastic kills LIFE, I care. Do you?

Maybe not you and me but the plastic is killing lots of wildlife on land as well as in the oceans and one day we too will drown in our own garbage.

Reducing plastic on daily basis is a need and we have to work towards the goal by taking some small steps. Taking your own reusable bags is the easy and best solution but still most of the people prefer to take the polythene bags from the vendor.

The typical behavior seen in our homes is, our parents take big cloth bags, cane bags or reusable plastic bags for their weekly grocery shopping. But when coming back from the market they also end up bringing several tiny plastic bags inside those bigger bags which they carry with them. We found that the reason for this was, the items bought in smaller quantities like ladyfingers, gavar (cluster beans), and loose items like pulses beans etc were difficult to sort when mixed together. So using tiny plastic bags which the vendors stocked in plenty and gave generously were the easiest way of sorting them. Once that exchange took place in the market the items in plastic bags would directly go into the fridge with the carry bags without any hassle of moving them into anything else.

If we could use tiny cloth bags instead in a similar way like the plastic bags, but in this case we would carry them with us, stock the veggies in them, lock the bags and drop them in the fridge directly after coming back from the market, then wouldn’t that cut down use of plastic tremendously.

It is important to note that these are single-use plastic bags which you will find at vendors, stores, markets, across the city. Not only are the harmful to the environment, as it is evident looking at the poisonous landfills and neglected areas of Mumbai, but they are detrimental to our health. Plastic contains chemicals, and it breaks down over time with use and leaches into the surroundings, be it in the land, water or the food that is stored in it.

If you can guess the amount of plastic bags a family brings home every week, what would be the estimate? 10-12? The number is highly variable, even for one family depending on the amount and kind of goods that are brought home. But if you look at the plastic bags usage statistics of America, a family brings home 1500 bags per year, which means 4 new plastics bags are added every day to a single household, this makes 21 bags per week. If we assume that our consumption is similar, then you have a number. 21. And this number indicates the plastic use of only one family and it does not even include the plastic that comes indirectly with other things we purchase like packaged goods. The number is huge, on a national level as well as a city-wide scale.

Reusable bags versus use of plastic bags

Source: One-Spot Shop

Simplest and most effective solution on an individual level, as we suggested earlier, few changes in our day to day habits. Switch plastic with other materials – cotton, jute, paper. We decided to go for cotton and ordered these Noyyal Go Green Reusable Cotton Produce Bags from Amazon.

Of course, we were aware of the more efficient ways of sourcing these bags, by stitching available fabric from old sarees, t-shirts, other clothes, for which we took inspiration from our green warrior Seema Pardeshi, but we decided to go for a readily available solution before trying something of our own.

Before we dive into our review about the bags, let’s take a look at some advantages of cotton over plastic.

Cotton vs Plastic

  1. Cotton is sustainable and biodegradable
  2. Plastic is non-biodegradable and causes environmental pollution when it ends up in natural terrains.
  3. Cotton is natural fiber and does not release any toxins.
  4. Plastic does react chemically with many substances.

Noyyal Go Green Bags Review  

We decided to go for Noyyal bag because it is appropriately designed for the purpose of carrying vegetables and refrigerating them directly. Also, they are very simple and available at very low-cost.

As soon as you hold one, you feel pretty confident about the quality of cotton as well as the stitching. The bag looks well designed and feels sturdy. The drawstring is pretty tough and works smoothly. It is handy as it closes the mouth of the bag snugly enough (does not close entirely) so that it holds properly everything you put inside.

The 3 sizes serve two purposes – 1) you can store different items in them, from a variety of fruits and veggies to jewelry, stationery etc. 2) the compactness allows you carry several of them with you. This serves a very critical purpose. You can take them with you to the store or sabzi vendor and ask him to put your items directly in these and bring them home and stash the bags in your storage. If you are buying grains, pulses or any items by weight, then you can ask the seller to directly put the items in these bags and weigh them. These bags are very light.

Once you start it is much easy to get away from all the plastic. As a trial run, we carried these bags to our local sabzi wallah and asked him to put the veggies in them. He was happy to do it and said that every customer should carry such bags with them.

These bags come in 3 different sizes – large (14×12), medium (12×10) and small (10×8). You can buy sets of 5 of the same size or try out a set of 6 bags containing 2 bags of each size. If you have a large household and you buy veggies in kilos then they might not be big enough. In that case, you can find other options or go even more eco-friendly by using materials available at home and make bags out of them.

This small business of Green bags was started by Menaha Sudhakar. They are called as Go Green produce bags as they are made for daily usage. This green business not only provides the consumer with greener alternative for plastic carry bags but also gives employment to the needy women who can work from home. Because of the simplicity of the design of the bags and work from the home facility for women the bags don’t cost much which is a big advantage.

The important thing is that we stop using the plastic bags. Once you decide that then there are many solutions that you can find easily.

You can buy the Noyyal Go Green Reusable Cotton Produce Bags from Amazon.in

-GoInGreen Team

Planted several trees, taking care of more than 300 trees from 4 years- Salute to these Green Warriors.

Living in a small house in Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India and spending most of the time searching for sustainable options as well as writing blog I tend to forget the world that exists beyond this. Even while walking on the streets I notice only the litter and how people are careless about it. I feel lonely and looking at the big mess our human society is I also feel like giving up. I get comments from people saying I am doing a good work, but they don’t try to change their habits. I don’t do this for appreciation or attention I do my work to show people that they as an individual have lots of power in their hands and can do a great many things to help the environment. And when you get out and meet people (Green Warriors) who are doing certain things for the environment then there is no better feeling than that.

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The driving range- Road that connects to Kharghar Hills.

 

Here is the story of unsung heroes that I came across while on a walk at Kharghar Hills a day before my Plastic Collection drive. I went for the inspection of the Kharghar Hill area near driving range so I could plan about the plastic collection rally.  On the way I noticed lost of tree saplings, few were very young, few were a bit older and few quite old. These trees were not the random trees that grow there on the hills but were carefully chosen trees, like Neem (Azadirachta indica), vad (Banyan tree), Karanja also known as Pongame oil tree (Millettia pinnata) and pipal (Ficus religiosa). Few also had a fence around it. Then it occurred to me that someone must have planted them. There was not just 3 or 4 trees but many, I could see at least 30 trees in one area. While I was shocked and was staring at them I saw a senior person who must be in 60’s watering a tree with a can in his hand. I couldn’t resist asking him that what he was doing and who has planted so many trees that too in a hilly region. This is what I came to know.

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View from the Kharghar Hill. This soon will become green because of the trees planetd on both the sides.

 

The person who was watering the tree is Mr. Veerkar who is a retired person and has been coming to water these trees on the hill from past 3 years, twice daily. He told me that a few years back there had been a tree plantation drive by some college students in that area and they planted several Jamun (Syzygium cumini) trees. Later Mr. Balaram Patil belonging to the village sarpanch family took the initiative of watering these trees because he saw that there was no use of just planting the trees, the small sapling would die without water and protection. He started watering them daily, but somehow couldn’t save all the trees, later many people saw his effort and joined in. They not only water the existing sapling but also have planted new saplings and started taking care of them by building a fence around them. Mr. Patil has been doing this work for past 4 years now and later as the number of trees increased he constructed a water tank in that area. Even now he pays for the water tanker to bring water on the hill and fill the water tank. They have a big group now but the regular members are Mr. Saatu Veerkar, Mr. Anil Sing, Mr. Shekhar Randiev, Mr. Dande and Mr. Patil. Except for Mr. Randiev, all are above the age of 6o and it’s an inspiration for many young people like me and it also makes me feel ashamed that we as youngsters are doing nothing compared to this.

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Can you see the green plants? They are the planted sapling who have grown pretty well now.

 

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Mr. Veerkar has also planted three trees [Vad, Pipal, and Umbar (Ficus racemosa) ] 3 years back in another area in Kharghar and now they have become big. Still, everyday from past 3 years he waters them and spends some time there.

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Salute to these Green Warriors from Go.In.Green 

Also, read Trees for all occasions 

I would like all the people from the nearby area to join them whenever possible and do your service towards mother nature. Till then pledge to Going Green 🙂 by following me.

-Pooja Navale

 

Plastic collection drive.

Do you know the story of Frankenstein? Victor Frankenstein is a young ambitious person who wants to create a human. His ambition leads him to the creation of a monster instead. He realizes his mistake and he abandons this monster. The only person the monster has a relation with is Victor and the monster keeps coming back to him.

There is a lot of similarity between the Frankenstein’s monster and plastic that we have created. Plastic is a monster created by us and now it is haunting us. We have realized the mistake but we don’t know what to do other than to ignore it, cursing it but continue using it.

Basically, there are three main things that we can do to deal with the plastic crisis –

  • Re-use – Recycling is one option that can reduce the generation of new plastic (recycled plastic is often used to make second-grade plastic items) and also it will control the plastic from ending up in natural terrains like forests and oceans.
  • Segregate – In India, we don’t have a proper waste management system yet and it is important to segregate waste. The plastic can be collected separately and you can give it to the nearby recycling facility.
  • Host Collection Drives – Organizing a plastic collection drive in your area can help in keeping your neighborhood clean. It also allows people to participate, take responsibility and the whole event helps spread the message further.

This Sunday we decided to adopt the third method by organizing a PCD (Plastic Collection Drive) in our area.

The aim of the drive was to collect the plastic from natural terrain and send it for recycling instead of letting it add to the towering dumping yards of the city. We conducted this event in the driving range area between the Kharghar hills and golf course, in Navi Mumbai. The hills here are accessible because of the tar road and people come for walks and picnics.

Recycling is not the whole solution but it is a big step towards curbing plastic waste.

The drive was conducted on 19th March 2017. We, an enthusiastic bunch of green warriors, started off at 7.30 am and the drive went on till 9.30am. Along with the regular single-use plastic there were plenty glass bottles (mainly beer bottles) scattered around, which we decided to pick up as well. Some other things we found lying around in the open terrain were items made from paper, cardboard, rubber, thermocol and tin. It was disheartening to see the amount of trash left behind and the beautiful place neglected by the very people spend time there enjoying and using the place. But the success of our drive did give us some hope.

There were 10 of us, we managed to collect 3 bags full of waste (not just plastic) during the 2 hours we spent there. The collected plastic was sent to a recycling plant.

We will be conducting more such programs, in new areas, reaching new people, building communities of green warriors and generating awareness amongst the people.  So stay tuned.

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Green Warriors.

Be a Green Warrior by joining us in our work. And, thank you all who made this event a success. 🙂

-Pooja Navale