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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

 

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

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

My zero waste period with Eco-Femme.

First of all, I cannot contain the happiness of successfully producing less trash. Since the day I started this blog the aim has been to reduce waste on an individual level. Eliminating plastic completely is a goal but apparently, I am struggling with that. The happiest moment for me is every time I get an opportunity to switch from non-sustainable to sustainable items which are not harmful to our environment. Using cloth pad over the regular disposable pads has made my periods waste free. Every time I use to look at the number of pads one requires and the amount of trash each woman generates I felt like a criminal. A few months back I Had no idea about such a great reusable option. Like you even I had my share of doubts about cloth pads but then I decided that the best way to solve doubts is by trying them myself. It is not easy to get rid of the habits that we have inculcated since a teenager but once you decide to go for trash free periods, clothes pads are the best. Here are few of my observations and experience using a cloth pad for the first time.

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Eco Femme’s booklets that will solve all your doubts about cloth pads.

 

Why Eco Femme?

Traditionally if you see, cloth pads are not new. Most of the past generations have used them but they were made at home from the waste piece of clothing.  As we are so used to the pads with wings I decided to go for the ready-made cloth pads which are easily available online. I started to search and read about cloth pads and came across Eco-Femme. The first thing that I liked about them is that their work supports many women in rural areas throughout India. It is also a women-led enterprise which is another reason to support.

Your purchases and donations make washable cloth pads available to girls in need across India, while providing a dignified livelihood to rural women who stitch the pads. – Eco Femme

Secondly the range of cloth pads they offer. You can choose from day pads, night pads, foldable pads and panty liners. They are all washable and reusable cloth pads. One can choose according to the need. You can also a make a donation of pads which will be given to the females in the rural areas who deserve to have more hygienic and comfortable periods.

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Is washing cloth pad messy?

It’s not at all messy. There is an easy way of doing it. All you have to do is soak your pads in regular water for near about 20 mins and then just scrub it off with soap and brush. It takes only 5 mins and it comes out clean as any other piece of cloth that you wear on your body.

We need to come out of the mediocre thinking that we might come in contact with the periods while washing it and it’s something dirty. Well, it’s not, Especially when it is coming out of your own body. We are the educated bunch of people and we need to understand that it’s just blood and female egg.

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Do you need to change them regularly? Can I go to work wearing them?

The regular sanitary pads need to be changed after every 5 or 6 hours if you have regular flow.  If you have heavy flow then you must be changing it every 3 to 4 hours. So the same rule is applied to cloth pads. It’s a myth that cloth pads are needed to be changed often.

Yes, you can definitely go for work wearing them if you work for 5 to 6 hours. It is no trouble to walk around and doing regular work wearing cloth pads. In fact, in my experience they are more comfortable as the feel of cloth is so much better that of the disposable pads. If you work for more than 6 hours than it will be a problem to change as you cannot just throw them off in the dustbin. In this case, I would suggest using a night pad which will last longer. The other option would be a menstrual cup (This product is also available on Eco Femme’s site)

Do I need to change the cloth pad at night? will it leak as we change position while we sleep?

I brought two day pads and one night pad for my periods and the night pad worked so well. There was no need of changing them as they are bigger and have a shape that makes it leak proof. But again it also depends on your flow so you will have to check with that.

Aren’t the cloth pads costly?

At the first purchase, you might feel so but it is a long-term investment, unlike regular disposable pads the cloth pads can be used even for a year and more depending on how many times you are using them and how many you have brought. For example, if you have purchased two pads than the cost would be low but they’ll get reused more often and then it will get worn out soon. On the other hand, if you buy 5 to 6 Pads then they will list for a longer duration. If used them properly these cloth pads can last up to 3 years or more (it also depends upon the number of pads in a rotation as stated above).

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Time for Cloth pad revolution.

For more information on the product please check out The Eco Femme Org Blog.

You can make the purchase here The Eco Femme Shop. You can also buy them from Amazon but as the amazon packages are heavily wrapped in plastic, the Eco Femme package is more eco-friendly.

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Eco-Femme’s green Packaging.

 

Related Blog articles Periods!! – Let’s make it green.

Have more queries? Please post a comment.

-Pooja Navale

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Before the Flood.

I have never done a movie review before but I have decided to do so for this particular documentary because of it’s need of the hour. I am glad that this film was produced as it speaks about many things that we are supposed to know as global citizens.

Before the flood is a Documentary film which was released on 21st October 2016. It showcases major issues regarding global climate change.The Film starts with Leonardo DiCaprio’s speech on Climate change at United Nations. Throughout the movie, there were many interviews with important personalities including Barak Obama and Elon Musk. The film has shown various television clips from news channels on climate change. We get to see Leonardo’s visit to devastated places like Arctic circle, Oil mines, and sites where deforestation is taking place. The film has covered all important points on global climate change such the statistical data of increasing temperature, the impact of emission of carbon dioxide by combustion of fossil fuels, destruction of coral reef, extinct animals, deforestation for beef and palm oil production. The major focus, however, is on how world politics is leading us to our end as we the people are divided into two groups, one who think Climate change is a big lie and the other who think that we need to take action to stop this global catastrophe. The film also talks about the sustainable energy resources and its benefit, countries contributing to protection of the environment and the Paris agreement on climate change and its drawback.The movie ends with Leonardo’s visit to Vatican where he meets the pope and I was glad to see that even the pope believes in the science of Climate change and has made people aware of this fact.

Points to remember after watching the film.

  1. Climate change is real and its happening right now. The temperature is rising faster than the estimations done by the scientists.
  2. The ice caps are melting and the sea level has already begun to increase in various places around the world.
  3. The poor and vulnerable of the society are the one who are going to be affected first and the most by the climate change which will ultimately affect us.
  4. China and India being a developing country are investing more in sustainable energy than U.S.
  5. 50% of the Corals have vanished from our seas and oceans.
  6. By 2050 the human race is going to see the worst drought of all time if we continue to exploit our environment in the same way that we have been doing from past decades.
  7. We need to elect wisely. Electing people who deny that there is no such thing as climate change would be a blunder.

And the most important thing we need to remember is that ” it is time to take action right now”.

I hope you have watched the movie and if not please do. It is available for free on YouTube. I will be adding more such documentary, books and their reviews as it is our duty to promote the issue of climate change and lead people towards sustainable solutions.

Let us know in the comments if you know about such films and books. Also tell us if you liked this short review. Till then Pledge to Go.In.Green and have a nice day.

Magnificent Bamboos..

This article is basically a review article on Bamboos, its uses and how their deforestation is harmful to the ecosystem.

Bamboo an Introduction: – They belongs to grass family and are the fastest growing plants on earth. They are able to grow in any type of climate, from cold mountains to hot and humid tropics. They are found in many regions of the world like parts of Asia, Australia, Africa and America. There are more than 10,000 species of Bamboo and they make up many large forest areas providing shelter for many animal species. They are hollow on the inside which makes them light in weight as compared to other hardwood trees. But the wood obtained is hard and hence they are used for many construction purposes.

Bamboo is not a weed, it’s a flowering plant. Bamboo is a magnificent plant.- Steve Lacy

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On my way to Ooty, India- Bamboo grove.

Uses of Bamboo:- Bamboo is the important green material today as they have many commercial applications, especially when we are going for more eco-friendly and natural products. The Bamboos are used as a food source (bamboo shoots are consumed), for construction of houses, for paper and clothe making, making tools, making culinary, medicinal purposes and also as ornamental plant. They are harvested only when mature and unable to grow further, but the mass clearing of Bamboo from Bamboo forest is definitely affecting the ecosystem.This all has been traditionally followed since a long time but the increasing growth in Human population and rise in demand for bamboos has led to mass deforestation of Bamboo forests.

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Impact on ecosystem:- The increasing need has led to the extinction of many bamboo species and many are on the verge of extinction. People are preferring bamboos as they grow fast and they have many good properties that make it easy to use and very economical than chopping big trees. They can replace any other wood because they cost less and are easy to process. Bamboo forests are important because of bamboo release 35 % to 40 % more oxygen than any other trees and fix up more carbon. The Bamboo forest act as a major carbon sink and cutting them down will lead to 20% more atmospheric carbon accumulation and lead to the rise in global temperature (global warming). Also, Bamboo forests are home for as many as 60,000 wildlife species and the deforestation impact will be faced immediately by these species as they depend on the forests for their survival. The roots of Bamboos are the best for prevention of soil erosion especially in the areas where there is heavy rainfall, steep slopes of mountains and near river basin.

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The clumping species of bamboo grows very close to the main stem and this leads to the formation of the bamboo nest. Such type of nest provides shelters to many wild animal species.

What can we do?

  • Go for an alternative option instead of bamboo, unless it’s not harmful to environment.
  • If there is no other option then take care that the place from where you are buying bamboo products also plant and cultivate their own bamboos rather than simply clearing the natural forest cover.
  • Spread awareness by telling these things to people around you.
  • If you are planning to plant trees around you then consider bamboo a super good option.

–  Pooja Navale