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5 Ways To Create A Sustainable Restaurant Experience

Who doesn’t like eating out every now and then? A break from home cooking, dining out at a restaurant is all about the culinary adventure and family time (or me time), all rolled into a convenient package. However, as we relish our food, do we pause to wonder if our restaurant experience is #proplanet or anti-earth? There are small things that we as individuals or a family can do to make eating out at a restaurant or fast food joint, sustainable and green. 1. Refuse a straw w

Ladders to Heaven by Mike Shanahan

When I asked rain forest ecologist and writer Mike Shanahan if I could review his book ‘Ladders to Heaven’, I thought it was all about the environmental impact of #fig #trees. But when I cracked it open and tumbled through the first few pages, I knew this was going to be so much more than a set of dry scientific facts about a bunch of trees. Crafted with poetical prose, each chapter is a richly laid-out story about some secret, mind-boggling facet of fig trees. As you follow

Araatrika - Jagruti Khabiya-Jain's Happy Green Stationary

Meet Jagruti Khabiya-Jain and her happy, green venture, Araatrika, that is synonymous with beautiful & purposeful recycled stationary. From gorgeous notebooks made with leftover paper from printing presses and bound with cloth from tailors + designers to newspaper pencils packed with seeds that you can plant and recycled seed paper & cards, this eco brand has set out to change the way we look at and use our stationary. Dig right into this #greenstory. C. Tell us more about y

Composting at Home - Simplified

Whether you grow vegetables, flowers or house plants at home, or know someone who does, a bag of homemade #compost can be the best gift for the green babies. What’s also fun is that once you make #compost at home, you won’t have to rely on chemical fertilizers to nurture those crops and the produce you get will be chock full of nutrients. What is compost? When organic material like plant bits and vegetable/fruit peels break down to become nutrient-rich and purely natural fert

8 Ideas To Create A Bee-friendly Garden

by Ankita Priyadarshini Last time, we discussed about birds – how to make your space inviting to them. Today, let's talk about a very important stakeholder in gardens that most of us forget about - the humble bee. Bees are pollinators, and they do so much more than collect nectar for short term and long term consumption. It is imperative that we keep them in mind while planning our green spaces. Bees pollinate not just your garden, but most of the world’s food crops – meaning

5 Reasons You Should Not Download Our Free Online ‘Simple Green Living’ Workshop

I get it - #greenliving is not everyone’s ‘thing’. It isn’t a burning concern for many; not something to add to your already busy to-do list; and, definitely not a favorite teatime topic. But whether we like it or not, toxins and pollutants are part of our daily weave. From the air we breathe (even indoors) to the water we drink (even filtered), the luxurious body care products that we slather onto our skin to the luminous colors we streak onto our hair, to every bite of food

Himalayan Haat - An Accidental Farmer's Farm-to-Bottle Biz

Hello green folks! Today, I’m chatting with Divya Chowfin, the founder of a #greenbiz, Himalayan Haat – a farm to bottle enterprise, where they “use the naturally grown produce from the farm to create homemade and preservative-free preserves, coolers, seasoning salts and herbal infusions”. A niche, handmade green business that also provides employment to the women of that region and carries on the legacy of living green that Divya’s father infused through his conservation and

15 Fun Ways To Re-purpose Those Jam Jars

I’m a hoarder when it comes to jam and condiment #jars. The moment a jar gets empty, I give it a good wash with hot water and soap, and if I’m feeling particularly energetic, then soak them in a vinegar and water solution to peel the sticky labels away. Once these are dry, I stash them in an old cardboard box in my kitchen, ready to be used for an assortment of things. Here are some of the ways I use them: 1. Store your spice mixes in old condiment and jam jars. Whether you’v

Preserving Nostalgia - Summer & slow living

Hello green folks! Meet Surabhi Ganguly, the co-founder of The Wagabond Chefs & The CoCo Market – a sustainable, earth-friendly & handmade market in Pune. The Wagabond Chefs will be writing a monthly column here at Gorgeous Girls Go Green about their take on green living, sustainability, slow lifestyle and everything in between. Here’s the first in the series about the delicious stuff summer holidays were made of. Handing over the page to Surabhi Ganguly: #slowsummer #summerh

Greening Your Hotel Stay With 4 Sustainable Steps

Staying at a hotel can be a luxurious experience – plush rooms with marshmallow-soft beds, lavish buffets to tuck into and every facility at your doorstep. But as comfortable as hotel rooms are, how green is your stay (I bet, not much)? Photo credit: Frommer's Hotels can generate a colossal amount of waste in order to offer their customers a happy experience – plastic bottles, plastic dessert containers, tonnes of newspapers food, bath essentials and more. While I get it tha

17 Sassy Ways To Save Water And Electricity This Summer

Summer’s here, and so are power cuts and water shortage issues. We may fret and complain when our basic needs aren’t met with ease, but electricity and water cuts are just a ‘gentle’ reminder that the Earth’s resources are dwindling. “The Earth has enough for our needs, but not for our greed.” Apply this quote to every natural resource and you have your answer about how we as global citizens should spend every resource that we have at our disposal. With droughts rampant acros

Enactus SVC – These College Students Are Being The Change They Want To See

What happens when you put a group of enthusiastic college students, and a bunch of social and eco issues together? You get Enactus – a global organization with 72,000 students in 4,700 colleges worldwide, doing their bit and more to make this planet a better place to live in. This is a student-led organization that is committed to “transforming lives and shaping a sustainable world, economically, environmentally and socially”. Yes, most of us associate college kids with chil

Amit Godse - The Buzz About The Bee Man

If you thought that bees are a hazard because they can sting, then speak to Pune’s '#Bee Man' – Amit Godse, who has a diametrically opposite explanation for this. “#Bees are very important and 73% of pollination around the world is done by them,” quips this software-turned-bee conservationist. “1/3rd of what we eat comes from the #bees.” #Bees at risk: With a decline in bee population due to pesticides, anti-environment agricultural practices and incessant pest control, our f

The Waste Issue by Sangeeta Venkatesh, Padma Shastry and Nivedita Rathaur

"The Earth at stake. A quest for a cleaner planet. Are you ready?" The question is, are we really ready to clean up our act, mend our littering ways, and do our bit to make this Earth safely habitable? There’s no better time to begin than right now, and one of the best ways to start is by genning up on the waste issue and teaching the younger generation about eco-conscious living. It all begins with awareness and education, and only then can we move on to implementing what we

The Plastic Bag Pandemonium And 4 Ways To Sort Through It

Whether we go to the vegetable market, the grocery store, the mall or the supermarket, everything that we buy is packed into #plastic bags of varying thickness. It seems convenient, toting our purchases back in these #plasticbags. But there is a serious price to pay – a price that sadly is easy to ignore till we see the figures or the damage that they are wrecking first hand. Pic credit: The Stupid Design Here's a taste of it: According to the Secretariat of the Pacific Regio

Pooja Dhingra Cuts The Crap With An Alphabet Chart

Taking care of the #planet isn’t cumbersome. What it takes is a #mindful approach and a good, hard look at the #waste we’re generating. And while we read snippets of it in magazines, attend eco talks and think of adding green living to our busy list of to-dos, Pooja Dhingra’s project actually cuts to the chase and lays out 26 doable ways to #CuttheCrap. An independent conceptualiser and graphic designer, who lives and works out of Delhi, Pooja created this graphic checklist t

Heyday – Sustainable Sanitary Napkins For A Safe Period

Whenever there is a discussion about #sustainable menstruation, reusable cloth pads and moon cups are on the top of the solution list. And rightly so because when you use any of these, you’re sending out zero waste into the landfills. But again, like everything in life, every solution need not fit everyone’s needs. Personally, I haven’t been able to nudge myself to wash reusable cloth pads diligently or make sure that they’re drying under the hot sun to nuke off any lingering

Pari's Wellness & Green Living Concerns

#GreenGalStories Meet Pari. A professional with an alternative career roller-skating towards her 40's, she has two kids in tow, a husband who helps at home, and work that satisfies her but occasionally befuddles her too. Most of her friends are in full-time jobs that leave them no time for themselves or are home makers, who have a full schedule, juggling their kids' classes/their own social commitments/family requirements. Pari likes the idea of living a #healthy life. She al