Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Recycle, Re-use, Restore...

Reading about Danny Seo and his eco-friendly lifestyle in decor8, got me thinking about the subject of recycling & re-using.

In India this concept is not new and has been in practice for a long time. I remember my grandfather carrying empty milk bottles to the booth where they would be exchanged for fresh ones. There were no plastic milk packets then. Clothbags/ jutebags being used for vegetable shopping etc.

I just love the concept and hope to continue recycling in everyday life.
Some nice pics of eco-friendly stuff

1.Coconut shell transformed into a soap-dish
2. Earthenware for Kulfi (Ice-cream)
3. Gift bags made of newspaper.

1 comment:

the green whore said...

let me add to what archana has to say:

-earthenware for pots and pans.
-burnt charcoal for washing vessels and the scrubber was the fibre from the coconut.
-newspapers were used for wrapping gifts and the thread that comes out of a banana plant would be used as a substiute for ribbon.
- curdled milk was used to make cotton cheese.
- the newspapers were never thrown in the trash but were bought over by shopkeepers to make bags, recycling etc.
-old sarees (colorful long pieces of cloth draped by women ) were used to make duvet covers - razzai in hindi.
-Furniture was bought for a lifetime. There was no concept of use for 5 years and trash it.
-food would be eaten on banana leaves in the south and a differnt kind of big leaf in the north.
-Steel thalis are used now where there is no concept of being broken.
-old clothes are used for mopping the floor.
-We use pressure cookers to conserve gas and to cook food fast without loosing the flavor.
-clothes are handwashed and dried in the sun.
-we used a iron which was heated using burning coal instead of electricity.
-once the school year was over all the blank pages of the note books would be taken part to bind a new book.
- the textbooks would be passed over to a sibling/friend for a lesser price.
-There was no concept of paper tissues just cloth towels.