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Easy Upcycling and Decor Ideas

Repurposing and Upcycling can save you money and we all know the joy it brings.

I have loved creating stuff out of waste from early on in life.  I used to think of ways to put old, abandoned stuff to use.

When we reuse things, we help a wee bit by not having the stuff dumped into the landfill.

This Native American Proverb “We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children,” sums our environment threatening lifestyle and how we must not take our planet for granted.

Using old clothes: Old clothes can be reused/repurposed or upcycled in multiple ways. I often keep old bed sheets, curtains, etc. to be turned into cloth bags. For past 3 years, on my son’s birthday I get these cloth bags made locally and give return gifts in them.

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7 everyday Eco-friendly switches

7 Eco-friendly switches one can make in their daily life.

Firstly let’s understand what eco-friendly is, Eco-friendly means something that is friendly to our mother earth, something that doesn’t harm the environment.

I won’t talk about being plastic free- that is too much to ask for!

Sadly we have come too far to go back. We all know single use plastic is not good for the environment and we all know that it is difficult to do without it.

Let’s not talk about what we can’t do, let’s take a look at what we can do.

Listing 7 easy eco-friendly things you can do to make a difference-

  1. Using bucket to take bath instead of shower –

When we use a low flow shower we end up using 3-5 liters of water a minute. Now, if someone takes a bath for at least 10 minutes they end up using 30-50 ltrs of water, could you believe that? While a bucket just uses 20 -25 liters of water and cleanses well as the water comes with greater force. Now when you take a bath, wash your face or brush your teeth just think about what you are doing to conserve water.

  1. Carrying your own cloth bags- This is a very simple and easy thing to do. Having a checklist while stepping out and including a large cloth bag in it can save you from bringing back home a plastic bag.
  2. Cut down Impulsive shopping (online and Retail) – Knowing your needs and wants and buying only what you need is the key. With buying things just at a click, rampant online discounts leading to impulsive buying and a surge to the sales of things that otherwise wouldn’t happen. Be mindful of what you are buying and not only will you save money, you will contribute in saving the environment too.

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doctors, health, hospital, Lifestyle and health, sustainability, sustainable

Antibiotic Resistance- What is it?

Let us read a small  story by my friend Dr. Sonia Hemnani-

A young boy had a very good family and a number of wonderful people around, whom he did not care for or listen to. Whenever this boy was in need he would trust the random strangers, who he thought were the right people. One day all those strangers started avoiding him due to recurrent calling, which led to more frustration. Ultimately the boy broke down.

Moral of story – Trust what you have within you and around you.

Here the young boy is “you”; his friends are the ecofriendly bacteria which are already present in our body, the vital force, the calm mind, and the natural sources of building immunity, organic real food, required food and thought. Continue Reading

Lifestyle and health, sustainability, sustainable

Menstrual Cups- An Introduction

I bleed each month to help make humankind a possibility. My womb is home to the divine. A source of life for our species. Whether I choose to create or not. But very few times it is seen that way… We menstruate and they see it as dirty. Attention seeking. Sick. A burden. As if this process is less natural than breathing. As if it is not a bridge between this universe and the last. As if this process is not love. Labour. Life. Selfless and strikingly beautiful.”
– Rupi Kaur
Well, this post is not about breaking the Period taboo, however each time we bring this topic up and talk openly about it, it in a way does make us feel more empowered, it does make Periods and period talks Normal.
And the best thing that happened to my Periods in these past 24 years is Menstrual cup!
Most of you will know that I have clothdiapered my son and as a CDing parent and as someone who looks for alternative sustainable solutions to almost everything around, I had to give a try to Menstrual Cup.Those of you who don’t know much about  cups would  question the need to use a cup when there are several good quality pads and tampons available.

The pads may be good absorbents, but they are not eco-friendly, no matter what these brands claim, the pads do stink more often than you would want, and sometimes they leak too. Menstrual cups to me have meant freedom, it makes me feel like I’m not on my periods, wish there was a magic potion for PMS and the pain that periods bring.
Bringing here answers to some of the frequently asked questions about menstrual cups-
  • What material are these made up of and how are these eco-friendly?

These are made up of Medical grade silicone. The average user throws away an astonishing 125 to 150kg of tampons, pads and applicators in their lifetime. Silicone made menstrual cups are eco-friendly because they last 1-5 years. Imagine the number of pads you will add up to the land-fill in all these years. Hence, in comparison to disposable sanitary pads these are way better. In fact, silicone is a greener substitute to plastic as it is derived from silica that over few years goes back to it’s natural form.

  • Is inserting a cup easy?

Easy or difficult differs from user to user, some get it right the first time, some need to try a few times. There are many ways  to insert a cup, The most popular ways to do it are-   C fold & Punch Down method.  C-fold- Take your cup, fold it in half so that the lips touch together, then slowly bend the cup in half again lengthwise. You will see that the point of insertion looks like a C (or U). The other popular method is Punch down- Hold your menstrual cup. Use your thumb to push the lip of the cup down towards the base of the cup. Then remove your thumb as you squeeze the edges together.

  • Does it not hurt?

Not really, it may be slightly uncomfortable initially, but it should not hurt.

  • Are there chances of infection?

No, not at all. The blood remains inside the body, so there is no chance of contamination unlike it is in case of pads.

  • How often does one need to empty it?

Since each woman has different flow pattern on different days, you may have to check every few hours in the beginning to understand your pattern. Say in every 2 hours when you begin.

  • Does it not leak?

If inserted well, it will not leak.

  • How do I clean the cup?

Cleaning is very simple, during your cycle you just need to wash it each time you empty the cup, once the cycle is over to you should cleanse it in hot water (to sterlise it). Dry it and keep it in an airy place. It is advised to sterlise it before and after your monthly cycle.

  • What are the things I should follow to maintain hygiene while using the cup?

Using clean cup and washing it under running water whenever emptying it is important. Another thing to take care of is that your nails should be short and hands clean.

  • What are the various brands available?

There are several brands available in India now,  to name a few-          Sirona, Boondh, Rustic Art, Stonesoup And SheCup to name a few.

Hope this has motivated you to give cups a try! Do connect if you have any questions.

Lifestyle and health, parents, Uncategorized

Makarsankranti- A festival for kids in Uttarakhand

The festival of Makara Sankranti is observed according to solar cycles, whereas most other festivals are based on lunar cycle of our Hindu Calendar. It therefore falls on the same date each year, around 14th or 15th of January.

 The festival marks the onset of longer days and bids adieu to the cold winters. It is also a harvest festival.

It is celebrated all across India in different ways and by different names.

In Uttarakhand it is called makarsankranti, Pushudiya, Uttarayan, Ghugutia and also Kala Kauwaa (black crow)

 The sweetmeat called Ghugut or gughute is prepared a day before along with Poori (Indian puffed fried bread) and offered to crows on the sankranti morning.

Legend has it that it was the crows that saved the only child of one of the Chand Kings of Kumaon and hence crows are offered sweetmeat and pooris on this day. 

While there are several other stories around offering food to crows on makarsankranti, this one is my favourite. 

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