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.