Sunday, January 5, 2020

Think before you throw

Eating food is our compulsion to live. We can’t skip meals beyond a point otherwise we die out of starvation. The food may be animal based or plant based (the new research at the time of writing this article is indicative a third variety of food which is synthetic compound developed in labs).
Whatever type of food we eat, normally It comes in packages. Its not only your pizza/burger or other favorite food items delivered in a packing box, but even natural items like banana or orange come with a natural packing which you peel out and throw. Inside any kitchen, the process of cooking food also produces waste items side by side the main activity - tea leaves, vegetable peels and so on.
What happens to the remaining part of food or the food waste?
The obvious answer is that it goes to the dustbin or the waste box from where it is picked up by someone or we dump in a bigger dump-yard of our local place. The average food waste produced per person is about half KG per day. For a country of 1.2 billion, it turns out to be 600000000000 kg per day or 219000000000000 KGs or 219000000000 Tons per year scattered all over.
For whatever reasons, we don’t have effective ‘waste handling system’ working in our country.
But many of you may say, “why should we bother about this? We have paid taxes to the government and it is the responsibility of the government body formed for this purpose in that area.
Is paying taxes is the end of your responsibility? Is there any bar if you take active participation in ‘nation building’ rather than leaving to the government? Is it not your nation, your city/village or residential/office complex?
Just paying taxes and leave everything to the government is outsourcing your business and paying the minimum cost of it. But you can’t just outsource and sleep over it. For a dynamic and evolving business, you have to engineer and develop innovative ways and means to conduct the business with the active participation of all stake holders. One you are the biggest stakeholder in this game -the waste producer.
One way of living life is to keep blaming the government and ‘others’ and also keep loading the chocked waste processing system daily.
The other approach is thinking about some ‘waste handling system’ with local resources for the local community and helping the government for the cause.
A respectable way out to this problem is recycling the food waste by composting.
With the advancements in technology, it is not difficult to find a ‘composting solution’ for your residential premises or office complex.
There are number of NGOs working in this direction.
Find one and initiate a solution for your area, if it is not already there. It will become a source of motivation for others.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Joy of giving

Through social programming of our minds, we are often trained to work on acquire (the objects of our desires), use and forget principle. A very important action of the healthy sequence ‘release’ is neglected most of the time. Due to this people carry tons of burden/baggage on their minds. Just a small action of release after the use of any resource may free up memory space of mind and declutter it to make our lives simpler.

It is not only in our minds alone. The attitudes are reflected in our inventory at house or workplace also. How often do you ever think of releasing some of your old clothes / books/ gadgets and other items, after a new purchase?
Why not give it a try? Just make a list of items which you have used and no longer needed by you now. Think of giving it to someone who can still use it and give his/her life a new meaning together.

Apart from reducing declutter and freeing up the space in the house/ workplace, it will give you the ‘joy of giving’, a very satisfying feeling beyond the words.

Friday, December 8, 2017


With Swachh Bharat abhiyan of Prime Minister Narwndra Modi ,lot of awareness has been created and being created to remove the waste (kachara) from public places. It is a good beginning.

This also leads us to the question, ‘why produce this waste? The concept of zero waste is not new. It is being practiced at many places worldwide. Though the concept is too abstract to become relity in daytoday life everyehre, the efforts in this direction may yields surprising results.

Working on the principle of ‘reduce, reuse and recycle’, the waste or kachara can be reduced significantly with very little effort / initiatively. It is just a matter of habbits and aking initiative.

Whenever we see the kachara being littering at some public place, we start blaming the agency responsible for handling this waste. But blaming alone wil not help to solve the problem. The fact is at that most of the places, the agencies responsible for garbage handling are over loaded.

The practical and effective solution could be to reduce the production of kachara itself. With reducd production of waste, our homes and work places will beome smart.

We can start this exercise by paying attention to the dustbin or kachara-dibba of our house/work place.


We can contribute with little change of habits like not using polythene bags for shopping or promoting


We can recycle the green waste (main part of kichen & garden waste)by composting. Items like books/papers/iron & metalisc waste part,some plastic part can be sold for recyclers rather than throwing into waste basket.


Many alternative uses can be thought for the items which loose its value as primary use. For example a broken bucket can be used as a flower pot,  an old Tshirt can be converted to a bag.Perhaps you might have seen such examples sometime somewhere.The items having residual value can be sold off or donated for someone needing these.

Cumulative savings

If we reduce even 100 gram waste per house everyday ,the cumulative saving in a residential complex of 5000 people will be more than 2 lakh Kg in a year (And associated saving of handling costs/efforts for that). More than rational & nobel it is also an economical solution.

So why not go for it. Find ways to reduce the amount of waste produced by you and promote waste-lessness.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Your kitchen garden

    Vegetable and fruits are required by all of us on daily basis as a part of food we eat. The requirement for one individual is not much on daily basis-just few grams depending upon personality/food habits.

To fulfill this recurring need, we are normally dependent on market. And if you add up the recurring costs for your entire lifetime, you will be surprised to see the number. More surprisingly, it is not the cost of raw vegetable/fruits you pay but a substantial portion of it is of overheads like preservation and transportation charges. There are many agencies involved before these items are made available at the vegetable/fruit vendor shop. From the farm house where it is grown it is subjected to packing, transporting and unpacking sometimes several times. It may take few hours to even few days to reach the destination. All these processes on one side add to the cost on the other side dilute the quality of item. More delays/time involved, more stale the item becomes and sometime even becomes non usable at the time of actual requirement.  

One simple solution to above mentioned problem is to produce the vegetables and fruits at your home itself.

The first question which comes to mind for a common person not having the luxury of having garden is the availability of space. Yes it is a serious problem but where there is a will, practical and innovative ways can be found out.

Some of the places can be rooftop & flower pot (gamala). In case of acute shortage of space, even hanging pots can be used.
You need not to be holding an agriculture degree for doing this job. Use of commonsense is enough. Discuss some of your friend, relatives or acquaintances who have knowledge /interest in the field and do a bit of experimentation.  It can be fun also and can be developed as a hobby besides reducing some of your recurring expenses and giving you a healthy lifestyle. You can even go organic and get closer to mother earth.

Above all it will be a service to the society by making the earth more green and beautiful.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Separate at the source itself

If you look at the daily waste produced at a common household or workplace it has got few distinct categories of items-

ü There are Bio-degradable items like vegetables/fruits peeled waste, eatables, garden waste etc
ü Then there are items which are still usable (possible reuse by self or others used) which may be clothes ,books, utensils, toys, electronic items (working but have become useless due to availability of a better model/gadget) etc.
ü There is some Recyclable material like newspapers, magazines, books ,cardboard and other paper items, empty containers, metal items (iron, brass etc),plastic waste etc
ü Lastly there may be some Harmful material  for others / environment like battery, medicine, polythene, sharp objects, chemicals, paints, spray etc.

All these needs separate treatment –manure can be produced from bio degradable material, a used book or blanket can help in the career building or survival for a needy person, recyclable product can fetch some monetary value, harmful product requires special treatment to save the environment & lives.

But most of the time, the required treatment is not possible because all these type of items are mixed with each other in the dustbin/scrap yard.  You can’t use biodegradable items mixed with non bio degradable items for making manure. Even usable items mixed with other unusable garbage become unusable. Recyclable items also require segregation into specific category before these are treated for recycling.

With little bit of understanding and using a separate container or place can solve this problem. With this small task, the waste of our house / colony / city / country / world will be surprisingly reduced. The problems related to garbage and expenditure on its processing will also reduce drastically.

This will be our sincere contribution to the Swatch Bharat movement.

Thursday, March 31, 2016


It is a movement started to help people in better resource utilization and create an environment of better living conditions of the society. More than the organization of likeminded people, it is a thought process and way of living.

The idea is to find ways for best utilization of resources & share with others to make this universe more beautiful.

The definition of resources in our context is not limited to material resources but also includes the techniques, information, mental resources, energy etc.

In the hubble bubble of modern life, we put all our efforts for achieving what we don’t have. In this process we neglect to use and enjoy what we already have. Upyog is an effort of making everyone aware of what we already have and how it can be utilised in the best possible way.

According to William Shakespere ,the world is divided in two category of people- haves and don’t have.  Moreover, a  vast amount of resources are controlled by very few people here. Upyog helps you to identify the available resources and release those which are not of your use to the appropriate destination such that the balance and harmony is maintained in the environment.

The aim of Upyog is achieved by studying the methods of resource utilization; evolve better techniques and making people aware.