The Sutra of thread – part 1

Ignorance, in the case of Indian textile crafts is certainly not bliss. As I put together this series on textile crafts and the sustainable fabric tradition of India, I am continually amazed at how rich, varied and wonderful our textile…

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11.5 reasons to choose organic – and why we do

Curious consumers and retailers often ask us why we choose to use only certified organic ingredients in our products. The debate on using organic ingredients in our food is of course far less today. We have heard and read enough…

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Mosquito Monogatari.

I live in mosquito land. Every monsoon evening, clouds of DDT swirl around the air sprayed diligently by the corporation workers to stem the mosquito population. Every store I go to has a new product being launched that guarantees a…

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Soapberries : The eco-friendly cleaning solution

(This is an extensive article on soapberries that we had written recently for Eco Walk The Talk, an Asia focussed online green community) If you think that detergents are found only on supermarket shelves, then be prepared for a clean,…

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Encounters with Endosulfan

The endosulfan pesticide debate is trending in India and globally. All eyes are on India, which is one of the few big countries, that still allows use of endosulfan. Nationally, V.S Achyuthanandan, Kerala Chief Minister and the Left MPs have…

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Misty Mountain Hop from Peak Oil to Urban Gardens

Last night, our friends screened for us the 2006 documentary, The Power of Community. This film tracks Cuba’s path to self reliance from the brink of complete macroeconomic disaster. This disaster was precipitated by the fall of USSR in 1991…

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Ruminations on Rice

Srini and I went to an organic fair this Saturday, organised by the Safe Food alliance. There was a stall in the mela by the Sirgazhi traditional farmers co-operative on the bio diversity of rice. The information available at the…

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