Small green steps

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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Periods!! – Let’s make it Safe and Green.

Wondering what kind of title is this? I am just obsessed with my blog and the color green :p and we are going to talk about some green choices that we can take during the “menses”.

So let me ask you, how often have you given a thought about the environmental impact of your sanitary napkins? no thought at all as we (not everyone but ya most of us) suffer from all the pain and mood swings. The Periods itself is a big problem, forget about the environment. This is how we all think but still, I am going to put forth some issues of sanitary napkins on our environment, our health, and our money.

Considering half the population of the world being female this issue is something that needs to be addressed. If you think you are male and so you have no business here then you have no business on this planet as well.

Let us have a look at this from an individual point of view. One female will use approximately 7 to 10 pads in a month. Multiply this by 12 months the approx pads used would be 120. Now if the average age by which a woman starts to menstruate is considered 12 and menopause happen at the average for most women at 52 years of age then the female will be using these sanitary pads or tampons for 40 years. Let us now multiply 40 by 120 which gives us an estimate of 4,800 pads. So one female uses 4,800 pads in one lifetime. Ya that’s cool, I mean we have enough big planet so why should I care? the thing is the population of the world is 7 billion and its always increasing so out of 7 billion if we consider 50% female out of which 35% in the menstrual age we will be generating a hell lot of sanitary garbage.

This is not the only garbage we produce but this one part of garbage we can definitely reduce.

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Make the switch

———-> So what happens to all this sanitary pad’s and tampon’s garbage?

First, you need to understand that menstrual blood being a body fluid is also a bio-medical waste and they are not left in the landfill. So even if you are dumping it in your household bin it will go to landfill. The people working in the dumping yard are the one who will segregate it (imagine those poor people doing all this for money) and send it for incineration. The sanitary pads are basically made out of plastic and polyacrylamide gel. If burned they release lots of toxic chemicals in the atmosphere. Another problem is that not all the people in this country throw the pads or tampons in the waste bins. They throw this in toilet sink, many throw them in the rivers Or they are burned in the backyards of the houses (in rural areas). The rural population being less educated have all types of taboos associated with periods and hence, all the hazardous ways of disposal. The waste management by gram panchayat is also not very efficient so these all waste ends up in natural terrain causing various hazards as it is not bio-degradable. when it mixes in water bodies the marine life is affected and so is the life of the people and animal who eat them.

———-> I use tampons, is there anything I need to worry about?

Tampons or pads both are a problem. the tampons being made fully out of cotton are not as big a disaster to the environment but the applicator ( it is a cylindrical plastic body used to insert the tampon)  is. So if you can use a tampon without applicator well and good. Also, manufacturing of tampons and its packing (plastic) requires lots of resources which again is a burden on the natural resource.

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For those who don’t know how tampons look like. You can see the colorful applicators.

———> Oh god so many problems, I wish I had no periods!!

Don’t be disappointed there are solutions to these. You have two options one is reusable cloth pads (with wings) which are available online and the other is a menstrual cup which is also easily available. It is your choice if you don’t want to wash the cloth pad (there is an easy tip to wash it, which I will be talking about soon)  you can go for cups (see to it that you are buying 100% SILICON and not plastic cups) which can be drained and washed. If you have a fear of inserting the cups and have lots of doubts about them then I would suggest for time being you can get a cloth pad.

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Source Credit: – ScoopWhoop

There are two more reasons for switching to greener alternatives.

  1. The sanitary napkins and tampons are associated with the cause of many of diseases as the chemicals of the pads leaks and enter your vagina which has tiny nerve endings that will absorb these chemicals. Some common diseases are urinary infections, vaginal infections, and skin rashes.
  2. You save money that you spend on disposable sanitary pads and tampons probably every month or twice, thrice a year. Menstrual cups are a one-time investment which will work for years.

                                        Read more here: – Vaginal pads the silent killers.

I will be doing two more articles on this soon. One will be my review on Cloth pad as I am switching to cloth pads and the other will be with Seema Pardeshi who is working in this field. They are working on grass root level to help women make the switch. It would be so helpful if you let me know your doubts and queries here so that I will make sure to add those points in the future articles. Till then pledge to go green by subscribing to us.

-Pooja Navale

Stay healthy by adopting a sustainable lifestyle.

“Going back to a simpler lifestyle is not a step backwards.”

– Yvon Chouinard. 

Hello friends, I am back with one more important aspect of living a sustainable lifestyle. First, let me tell you what does sustainable lifestyle means. Sustainability means using one’s resource in such a way that it should not deplete the earth’s resources or harm environment so that the future generation should not be affected. Now, when we say sustainable living, it means that we adopt a lifestyle where we try to save the resources and environment on an individual level. We in a way try to reduce our carbon footprints (the amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere as a result of the activities of a particular individual, organization, or community.) on this planet. When we talk about sustainable development it is the change that takes place in an organization, business or community level. But sustainable lifestyle means changing few habits on an individual level. This is not a trend or fashion to follow but it is something we need to do right now to protect our only planet.

To talk about statistics if we discuss all types of pollution it would take two or three more articles but let me talk about plastic as that is what today’s topic is about. the production of plastics has reached  311 million metric tons (343 million tons) in 2014 and is continuing to increase worldwide. one person generates 0.34kg waste every day in India, of which three percent is plastic waste . Out of this most of the plastic end up in oceans and landfills as there is a lack of waste management hence, creating plastic pollution.

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So where do you think all this goes from the shopping mart?

Plastic being cheaply available, light in weight and easy to use we all are using plastic every day. I am not going to talk about the fact that the plastic pollution causes health hazards to animals and us. I am here to talk about the plastic in which you store food and water is causing harm to your body right now. I want to talk about the plastic you buy. Every time you buy packaged food it only means you are eating processed, chemically preserved and full with artificial flavors food. Now, this is something we need to think about. Once you decide to go for a sustainable living you should stop buying food packed in plastic pouches or containers. This will automatically reduce your consumption of chemically processed food items making your lifestyle a bit healthier. Every time you are buying a plastic storage container or while buying packaged food think about the pollution you are creating. This will not only benefit the environment but also benefit your health.

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The amount of waste this plastic is going to produce.

 You should also reduce buying plastic bottles and containers to store your daily home made food.  Go for live and fresh food items. Even if you are organizing a party or get together go for healthier food options rather than chips and cold drinks. This will automatically reduce your consumption of chemically processed food and junk food thus, making your lifestyle healthier.

So every time you are buying plastic or food packed in plastic, think about the environmental hazard and your own health as well. Let us try to be responsible humans and improve our daily habits. Go Green and healthy by Pledging to Go.In.Green.

-Pooja Navale

 

Plasticware the favorite gift of choice by women during Haldi-Kumkum.

“Except for the small amounts that’s been incinerated — and its a very small amount — every bit of plastic that is ever made still exists”- Anonymous.

Haldi-Kumkum is an age-old tradition of celebrating the marriage-hood of a woman. It is celebrated in various parts of India during the festival season. The prominent one which most of the women celebrate is in the month of January. In Maharashtra on the day of Sankranti, the Haldi-Kumkum takes place and many women participate. Basically, it is a social gathering of married women where they give sweets, flowers, and gifts after inviting all the married ladies to their house.

Of course, this tradition has been modified over a period of time but I will be talking only about the recent trend. My mother attends various Haldi-Kumkum events at her friends and relatives house. It was then that I noticed that majority gifts she got home was plastic ware like a fruit basket and plastic containers. We all have some amount of plastic-ware in the house but these particular gifts are the major source of the plastic containers. It is not so that everyone gives plastic ware but a majority of them do.

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The most common gift during Haldi-Kumkum.

 

Some of the gifts are quite good and useful and I appreciate that. But the plastic containers are total “NO”. First of all these plastic ware are not recyclable and hence cheaply available. People prefer to save money no doubt in that but this leads to the production of such plastic ware.One might be buying them all the time but at least one should take care that not to gift it as it would be a promotion of such items. Even the one who can afford to spend money on some good gifts would go for cheap plastic just cause everyone is doing the same.

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The Plastic gifts that we got in the month of January.

 

The non-recyclable plastic is also poor in quality so you cannot use them forever. They break easily or become unusable after few months. Then there is no option other than dumping it garbage bins. Secondly Storing food items in plastic containers is not a good choice. The recent studies show that storing food and water in plastic may lead to mixing of some chemicals from the plastic into the food which is harmful to our body. So to all the ladies, it’s a request that they see to this and help reduce the plastic heap that we are drowning in. We may be sitting in a house full of comfort but there are lots of other people and animals dying due to the plastic pollution.

It is definitely a small step as there is so much more we need to do to reduce plastic but let us start now so that we can change this trend of plastic gifts and replace it with some good eco-friendly option. This would also be a good way of promoting sustainable living.It’s not that difficult, is it?

Please let us know by commenting and liking below. Also, you can share your ideas for gifts that are not harmful to the environment. Pledge to Go.In.Green with me.

– Pooja Navale.

 

 

Inner Engineering the need of the hour.

“You cannot transform the world without changing the individual. The world is a larger manifestation of who we are.”- Sadhguru on world Yoga day.

This blog is a personal space for me where I share all my experiences and ideas. Nothing will ever be written about if it has not been experienced by me. Inner Engineering is a 7 days program offered by Isha Foundation all over the world and I take this as an opportunity to share my experience of it. This is an environmental blog and hence I will only be talking about the benefits of Inner engineering in terms of sustainable development and why it is the need of the hour.

First of all, I would like to tell how I got introduced to it. I met a blogger who is as interested as I am in environmental welfare. While discussing an issue about the environment he asked me to take up this Inner Engineering program. Initially, I was very skeptic about Isha foundation and Sadhguru cause I have read many spiritual books (which I totally love) but never was I myself interested in taking this path. After a while when I finished doing all the background research about Isha foundation and their work I was totally going crazy and desperately wanted to take up the Inner engineering program. By then I had also started doing Isha Kriya (meditation) at home which was a very new kind of experience for me.

Now let me tell you what is this Inner Engineering program and how can it help us to become a sustainable human. Sustainable development simply means development without harming the nature or exploiting natural resources. The basic of this Inner Engineering is “Yoga” which itself means “Union” so it’s the union of oneself with the entire universe and as Sadhguru says…

“if you become one with everything around you then there will be no need for someone else, to tell you what harm you are not supposed to do to the environment”.

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Yoga means you obliterate these individual boundaries not intellectually, by belief or by ideology, but as a living experience. If what people think of as “myself” goes well beyond the boundaries of their physical nature and becomes a living reality, then fulfilling these goals that the United Nations has for the world becomes much more possible. Right now, we are trying to push in one way, but a whole lot of people are pushing in the opposite direction because they don’t even see it as theirs.- Sadhguru at United Nations.

In today’s time, we all have become ignorant about things around us and hence we are causing all the destruction. If we are not causing destruction directly we are indirectly supporting it. So to become more aware of one’s consciousness one should do Yoga.

This was a life transforming experience for me and it’s not over, with each passing day the change continues to take place. You can take this experience if you wish to. It’s not necessary that you take the same program, any authentic Yoga teaching would do the same thing. You can select one for yourself, whichever is most suitable for you. I chose to take up Inner Engineering to transform myself to be a better human and not an ignorant monkey. We all need to use the full potential that a human has which is not possible unless we become a full-fledged human. We need to stop identifying our self with the things we have gathered and this is also the reason we keep buying more things and the greed for more never ends. We keep perfecting the outside world when on the inside we don’t try to change anything. This is the condition of consumerism and the reason that we are moving towards the destruction of the planet as well as ourselves.

” If there is no change in the way we perceive, experience, think, feel and act in this world, how can you change the world? ” – Sadhguru

Please check out the following link: – How can one achieve the goals of sustainable development through Yoga? Sadhguru at United Nations on International Yoga Day.

Isha foundation has also planted over 28 million saplings in Tamil Nadu through Project GreenHands and planning to do more.

Hope you would also inculcate some every day Yoga practice for inner well-being as well as for the well-being of the planet. Please share this if you liked reading it. Also, let me know your views in the comment section below or hit like. Thank you All for reading 🙂

Reducing our needs.

Hello friends, writing after a break of few weeks. I was busy with my competitive exams. A lot of things are going on in my life right now and I just cannot wait to share it with all of you. I have taken up Inner Engineering Program offered by Isha Foundation. I would soon be sharing my experience of it, how it is not only for spiritual development of one self but it is something that will change you for the better. Today I will be talking about how one can reduce their need.

I always talk about things that one can do on individual level to help environment, as I totally believe that if any change  has to happen  in the outside world then it has to begins by changing ourselves. In my previous articles Plastic free and Smart shopper I talked about how buying only the necessary items can be a step towards sustainable living. I just want to highlight on how we can buy less when we just feel the need of buying everything that we are capable of. First we need to understand that this generation is the most comfortable generation. We have everything at our finger tips. I am not only talking about mobile phones and computers, this is the case with everything. For example if we want to eat we have it just in minutes all we have to do is call and place the order or go to the restaurant or buy ready to cook food. Another example is, if one wants to lose weight they will simply take some pills or powders or undergo surgery. If one needs to look good they will buy the products that will cover their face and body to make it look attractive. Human’s need for perfection is never-ending and in order to make things better or perfect we keep buying things which will make our life better and our body and face beautiful. But all these needs of perfection are external and no matter how hard you try to be satisfied you will never be. This is the reason we buy all types of things, all the time, necessary or unnecessary.

We need to change the way we think, instead of being stereotypical and doing things that everyone else is doing on this planet, how about once in while sit back and think before you buy? Try this yourself, just for example instead of buying ready to cook how about cooking a fresh meal? not always but as a small step you can do this for at least one meal or breakfast a day. Now this small step will reduce your plastic purchase (ready to cook food are packed in plastic), it will benefit your body as you’ll be eating less preservatives and artificial flavors, as well as fresh food is rich in nutrients. So this one thing has so many benefits not just for environment but for our body as well. Same can be done to our need of clothes and cosmetics, I am not asking to stop buying but reduce it. You don’t need make up and new brand clothes all the time if you want to look beautiful. You can wear them occasionally and this would reduce your need of buying them. instead of buying stuffing yourself with chips, chocolates and cold drinks go for home-made snacks. I can go on with the examples but I think i have made my point.

So the gist is be a little aware about things you buy and automatically you’ll see that actually there is no need of many things. Your shopping cart will not be a big basket of useless things but a small one full with really important things. I hope you will try this small step just like me or if you are already doing this then tell us your idea of reducing the needs in the comment section. Till then have a great and Green day. Thank you.

-Pooja Navale

Wish you a very Green Diwali.

Hello, all, I had planned to write something else for this Friday but as I was sick from past two, three days, I have decided to write a small article and wish you all a very happy Diwali. I would like to share how I am going to celebrate Diwali this year.

I did not do any personal shopping this time as I have decided to reduce my needs and break this trend of buying new clothes for Diwali. There are many clothes that I have used only once or twice before which will be enough for this festival. If you buying new clothes then please go for cotton or jute clothes.

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Simple clay Diyas.

I did not buy any new diyas as I already have the previous years. I had neatly cleaned and packed them last year so no need for buying new ones. If you people are planning to buy new diyas I would suggest go for clay ones and the one without any paint or decorative work on them so even if you dump them it would still be Eco-friendly. I would like to request you, that please don’t buy plastic diyas that work on battery as they don’t work for long and they will definitely end up as e-waste.

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My paper Lanterns 🙂

Till last year we were hanging up plastic lantern but this year I am going for paper lantern, very simple and traditional. You can also go for clothe (they can be washed and used again) lantern and cane lanterns. Few more things I would suggest is sharing home-made traditional sweets with friends and family rather than the packaged and ready-made. Use Eco-friendly or natural Rangoli colors and light less diya’s as it’s not wise to waste so much of oil for lightning diya’s. In olden times there was no electricity but now we have so you can donate a bag of oil to poor rather than wasting it.

Go for minimal electric decoration for the house and use LED’S and CFL light bulbs.

And lastly, NO FIRE CRACKERS. This causes both air and noise pollution, the smoke is harmful and the noise disturbs all the animals. If you have a dog you will know this. It also disturbs the people in hospitals, the one who are suffering from any type of illness, small babies and elderly people. This will also reduce the accidents that takes place due to carelessness of people and children while lightning fire crackers.

So is it right to celebrate something by making so many people and animals unhappy? I would leave this to you to decide. But I can assure you that if you go green this Diwali you will be happy at heart as many souls will bless you and you will also save a lot of Money :p. So pledge to go green.

May you have a Very HAPPY, SAFE and  GREEN DIWALI.

– Pooja Navale

Be a smart shopper.

I was cleaning my wardrobe yesterday, which gets messy in a day and the cleaning, stacking takes more than an hour. There were so many clothes, some of which I wore just once. This got me thinking about how we tend to buy unnecessary things and not just our clothes but most of the things that we buy end up in a corner which we never touch. If you sit down and think the necessary things will make up only a small part of our huge shopping list.

I don’t belong to a rich family, so the things added to the dump are little less but even then I do have many useless items at home. I can only imagine people having lots of money, they must be having an entire room or the entire house full of unnecessary items. And I am not talking only about clothes here, I am also talking about electronic devices and food items that we buy. I have seen people shopping in super market, they literally buy all the available things otherwise how can one explain why monthly shopping include buying bottles of coke and Pepsi, ready to cook food, chocolate boxes and etc. We need to ask ourselves, is there any need for so much of food items?, especially all junk food which does more harm than just satisfying our hunger.

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Local junk food stalls…at least no plastic packaging.

So, rich or poor we all have habit of buying unwanted things and fill the empty space of our house. We also do the same thing with our planet. We have a limited space on earth and still we keep buying and dumping things, generating more waste which not just occupies our precious space but also harms our environment. Its well said then, that ” Good habits starts at Home”. Unless we don’t change our habit at personal level we will be unable to save our planet from drowning in garbage.

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Things that tempt us.

We all have become greedy and our needs are no more needs but some social illusion that makes us “buy” things which are nothing more than waste. We have become “collectors” of things. People now a days don’t have just one pair of shoes but many, each one for different occasion and if that’s less, than we have 3 or 4 pairs of shoes just for one occasion, same goes for clothes and bags. This also happens with food, we buy all the ready to cook food for emergency or sometimes some special items for guest and end up eating it ourselves. All of this has now become a habit and so we don’t even think twice before buying.

If you are planning to live a sustainable lief (which is a need of the hour) you need to take care of the following things, as per my observation.

1.Make a list of things and revise it so you can figure out which things are unnecessary and which tops your priority.

2. Stick to your list strictly and don’t fall for your temptation.

3. Don’t let yourself to get influenced by the attractive advertisement about any product as they are the one responsible to tempt us to buy unnecessary things.

4. Don’t shop during sale because we tend to buy things other than our need list, just because they are available at cheaper price.

5. Go for quality, as the quality products are costly we buy less of it and use them very carefully which on the other hand does not happen with the things which are cheaply available.

6. Buy vegetables and fruits from local vendors as they will be fresh, without much packaging and they cost less.

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Local Fruit Market.

7. Carry your own bag rather than paying money for plastic or paper bag.

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hand-loom Market.

8. Check for the “recyclable” mark on the packed products you are buying.

9. Always go for re-usable items than buying disposable.

10. And finally think about your environment before shopping so as to make smart shopping a habit.

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Re-usable

BUY LESS IN, ORDER TO DUMP LESS!, please take a pledge of going green with us.

-Pooja Navale

Are we serious about Pollution and Pollution Control Certificate (PUC) ?

I was thinking about this a few months back when I was hanging out with one of my friend and we had gone to take PUC. As I was new to this I did not know how actually they take the test and give the Certificate but soon enough I became aware or i would rather say surprised to know, that the PUC was given just like that without any testing, they did take the money though. It was really strange but soon enough my doubts were  put to rest by my friend when he told me that, ” this how you get PUC and there are no tests performed, at least I am not aware if there are any places where they do the tests for real”. So this was the incident which I later forgot and hardly did I care to do anything about it. Also I don’t own a car and my friend owns a CNG car so I ignored thinking that I am not doing much harm to the environment. But now after suggestion from the same friend I did some research online to find out how was the test performed, what are the limits for emission of gases and how much damage you must be causing by ignoring the PUC.

What is PUC and why we need to renew this?

Let me explain you this by sharing dome technical knowledge. First we need to know that the vehicle engine works when we burn the fuel we are using and this combustion releases residual gases and sound. The gases released after partial combustion (due to less oxygen) are mainly Carbon monoxide, unburned hydrocarbon and oxides of Nitrogen. These are harmful gases that causes air pollution. So to avoid the emission of these harmful gases the car has a part known as catalytic converter which converts these gases into carbon dioxide (which is less harmful than carbon monoxide), nitrogen and water. So the test for PUC determines the amount of carbon dioxide and hydrocarbons released from the vent of the car. Anything above the limit suggested by the government of India is damaging the air quality and atmosphere. For this we constantly need to check the proper functioning of our vehicle and the emission of harmful gases in the air.

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How the vehicles without Proper PUC cause pollution?

When the vehicle is new all is fine but after the frequent use two things might happen, one is that the combustion might start releasing lot of gas due to declined efficiency of the vehicle and it will be over the capacity of catalytic conductor to convert the gas. Second would be that, your catalytic conductor is not working properly as it has finished the limit of usage. In the first case you are putting out more carbon dioxide, hydrocarbon and in second case you might also be releasing carbon monoxide as the catalytic converter is not working properly. So if you are not genuinely doing the PUC test than you are ignoring the above problems and hence, contributing to global air pollution.

How does air pollution affects us?

The gases released are harmful and can damage your immune system which will lead to many health disorders. Carbon monoxide has high affinity towards haemoglobin in our blood which means our body will prefer carbon monoxide over oxygen if it is given an option. Also when you breathe you take in air, use oxygen and release carbon dioxide but when there is more carbon in air you will inhale air which is high in carbon and less in oxygen which will again disturb the balance of levels of carbon dioxide and oxygen. So both of these gases are toxic to us and animals. These gases including hydrocarbons are also green houses gases leading to increase in the atmospheric temperature which is one of the cause of global warming and folks we know how in long-term global warming is going to disturb the life of our beautiful planet.

Now let’s solve some myths about PUC which are as follows:-

  1. One has to “buy” PUC and there is no actual test that is to be carried out.
  2. There is no place where they conduct tests to give you PUC.
  3. PUC is only to show to the traffic police and does not really help environment.
  4. CNG cars causes less pollution and it is okay to ignore PUC.

Let me clear the above myths one by one. There is real test that is needed to be performed in order to renovate your PUC and definitely there are places where you need to ask them to give you a valid certificate by making them do the necessary test and tell the real state of your car. And the very important point is that, PUC if taken seriously will definitely cause less harm to the environment that it is doing now. CNG cars also release green house gases in the environment which just few times less than petrol and diesel.

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What can we do?

  1. Take a proper PUC by doing the tests and if you are exceeding the limit then please fix that problem by repairing your car.
  2. Tell others about this and spread awareness.
  3. Last but not the least “PLANT MORE TREES”, “PROTECT OUR FORESTS COVER”and encourage others to “GROW MORE TREES” as they are the best carbon sinks for all the pollution we are creating.

What are the limits for different vehicles? How is the test done and where? What will happen if you have a PUC but your vehicle is causing pollution? and which vehicles need to have PUC?

Please visit the following website to more:-

1. Law on pollution control.

2. Motor Vehicle Department, Maharashtra.

3.Delhi govt. Transport Department.

ITS HIGH TIME TO GET SERIOUS ABOUT PUC!! Lets take proper care of our planet by taking this small steps with me and pledge to go GREEN.

please tell us about your experience of PUC and help us spread awareness by sharing this with friends and family. I hope you liked the photos, as that is what we are trying to save for our future generation. Love you all and meet you soon next friday with one more way of going green.

-Pooja Navale.

Up-cycle your dress labels.

One common problem faced by all the girls is that, we never have enough clothes to wear. Even though our wardrobe may be full of clothes we are never satisfied with what we have. So we go for shopping every single time we get an opportunity.

Now with more get-together’s and occasions to celebrate throughout the year, most of the time everybody is on a shopping frenzy, even boys, yes they are. Although I have never regretted shopping for clothes I do feel bad about throwing the beautiful cardboard packaging, plastic labels and tags which come with them.

When it comes to packaging and clothe tags and labels, the bigger the brand the much bigger the labels, and usually fancier and made using good quality materials. On the other hand, the clothes brought from local shopping market rarely come with labels and the few which they have, are relatively plain and simple, without much use of thick materials or heavy printing like the high-end clothing brands.

After years, countless shopping sprees later, one day I finally began collecting these and asked some of my creative friends to give me some ideas on how to up-cycle clothing labels and tags. I wanted to creatively re-use and re-purpose them into something new and useful.But now even after having collected many of them, I have received zero ideas from any friends. So the quickest use I could make of them was turning them into bookmarks.

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My dress label collection, from past three years. There are few more which are my bookmarks, so cannot remove them.

I am a book lover and I read all sort of books – Science fiction, fiction, autobiographies, drama, thriller etcetera. I most of the time get free books online, I borrow books from friends and I also buy books from bookstores and online stores. Even if you are not a book reader you can still use these labels as a marker in whatever that you read, maybe your own diary, magazine or your study books and reference books.

If you start observing that there is a lot of material used in these small labels, some are made from plastic, some from clothes and some from cardboard. We don’t have proper waste management and hence when the cardboard and plastic should go for recycling, they end up in landfill. Cardboard in landfills is still okay but plastics that never decompose is a big trouble. Any plastic waste that goes in the landfill stays there for 100 and more years and it breaks down into micro-plastic. This breaking down process releases chemicals over a period of time which seeps into the soil, enters the water bodies and pollute the ecosystem, becoming a major threat to the life on land and in seas and oceans.

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My dress label collection, from past three years. There are few more which are my bookmarks, so cannot remove them.

Some serious restrictions on use of these labels as they are of no real use and are the first to get thrown in the waste. So all the resources like trees (for cardboard), materials/ingredients required for dyes/inks etc. used in making them are in turn wasted.
If we can’t totally get rid of them, we can at least simplify their design and make it more environmental (plus economical) by limiting the use to just one tag and one category of biodegradable and recycled/recyclable material.

An inventive way to creatively re-use would be to plan from the start, by going for a multi-purpose design. This way the useless tags could be used as bookmarks or folded to make a paper origami or converted into something else after we have removed them from the clothing.

The creative re-use of waste is called up-cycling and its new way of living sustainable life. This was just a small attempt at up-cycling on a personal level. There are so many creative people out there who have been using this since long. I will be writing more on plastic waste and up-cycling in future till then please share your ideas with us.

By taking such small steps we can easily build a greener future together.
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I will see you folks soon with another article on sustainable living.
#pledge #goingreen

-Pooja Navale (edited by Omkar Jadhav)