Easy steps to live a Plastic-Free life

Plastic is an integral part of our lives right now. Every item in our lives seems to be coming from plastics. From packaging to dustbins, from food items to all kinds of other necessary items, we rely on plastics faithfully. The impact that it makes on our environment is very well known to all of […]

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The Plastic Crisis is a Chain Reaction: To break it and save ourselves, we need to get creative

Plastic—a problem so grave, so omnipresent … for a while, I sat staring at the blank document, unable to decide where and how to begin, incapacitated by the images of garbage-clogged water bodies, toxin-exposed garbage collectors, monstrous facilities, choking birds, and turtles with straws stuck in their nostrils. These, among many other atrocities, haunt me […]

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The impending calamity of an ocean of plastics

Being a source of life and livelihood, oceans bestow with unprecedented opportunities for sustaining life-form. Not only do these giants act as climate buffers for the world but also provide a home to diverse marine species in their deep trenches. Oceans construct a habitat for innumerable species of fish, reptiles, cetaceans, mollusks, echinoderms, sponges, marine […]

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Reduce your fashion environmental impact in 4 steps

It’s interesting to see how our everyday choices have tremendous impacts on the environment, whether we realize it or not. Right from our food habits, to the way we consume, the products we use, the way we build our houses and the clothes we wear. Collectively, every single habit is adding to the already existing […]

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Waste in the Times of Corona

The pollution levels are lower than ever in recent history. The pollution indices in Delhi are incredibly actually within the ‘satisfactory’ level. This would have been unbelievable just a few months ago. That might make one think that the environment is improving and stabilising. Well, things are not as hunky-dory as they are made out […]

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Commercial Mining: A Plan to Kill Hopes for a Sustainable Economy

On June 18, the government initiated the auction of 41 coal blocks that can produce 225 million tonnes of coal per year. Allowing 100% foreign direct investment, global companies can also participate in the auctions. This is expected to generate employment, reduce the import bill, and make India self-reliant. Interestingly enough, only a week after […]

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Why sustainable fashion matters

Recently, with Unlock 1.0, on a drive to look around the city, I came across a landfill that had been there for years. Heaps of mountainous garbage just lying around with some ragpickers looking to recycle plastic bottles. Being a designer and working in the fashion industry for the past few years made me wonder […]

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How masks and other coronavirus waste polluting the planet

Amidst the 3 months lockdown in India, when a stopper was put to all the industries and institutions in both public and private sectors, a sulking GDP growth as low as 3.1% in quarter 4 of the financial year 2020 was observed. During the inevitable economic crisis, the one industry that has flourished despite the […]

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Travel without leaving a negative mark on the planet

Even though 2020 came as a year that paused all kinds of travel across the world, it is high time that we reflect on our decisions and lifestyle practices. Everyday mistakes have piled on for years and made it harder for each generation to come and sustain themselves. As the Gen-Z, we have been taught […]

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Amazon eliminates single-use plastic in packaging in India

Amazon India has announced that it has eliminated all single-use plastic in packaging originating from its 50-plus fulfilment centres in the country. In September 2019, the company had pledged to meet this goal in an accelerated time frame by June this year. Our planet is being choked by plastic. Millions of tons of non-biodegradable plastic waste […]

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‘Refuse’ single-use plastics

There is a growing need for a reduction in plastic pollution. Plastics are chemical products, manufactured from petroleum residues. Plastics degrade after 1000 years of being disposed into the environment, thus, making them non-biodegradable. It is said that by 2050 there will be more plastics in the oceans than fish. This is indeed a scary […]

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Menstrual Hygiene Day 2020: The need to tackle menstrual waste in India

World Menstrual Hygiene Day is observed on May 28 every year. The main idea behind marking this day is to change the social stigma associated with menstruation. The date May 28 was chosen to observe the day because on average the menstrual cycle for most women is 28 days and the menstruation period for most […]

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Guidelines issued for handling of COVID-19 Biomedical Waste at Hospitals

In order to deal with COVID-19 pandemic, State and Central Governments have initiated various steps, which include setting up of quarantine centers/camps, Isolation wards, sample collection centers and laboratories. Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has issued guidelines for the management of waste generated during diagnostics and treatment of COVID-19 suspected or confirmed patients. The apex […]

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Helping Wastepickers Survive The Lockdown

Have we ever thought twice before throwing a plastic bottle into the trash? Have we ever realized that human beings sort our trash by hand? The same empty bottle that we threw could be of great value to someone else. India has 50,000 waste pickers and each of them has to go through an average […]

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Seven things YOU can do to help save our planet

With countries across the world in lockdown this year, this period is a unique one for us and our planet, our only home. I’m no big eco-activist but over the years, I’ve learnt various things and have changed my extravagant lifestyle to reduce my impact on Earth. So here are some of my tips to […]

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