THE NEW SUNDAY EXPRESS VOICES MAGAZINE PUSHPESH PANT G PARTHASARATHY ANAND NEELAKANTAN RAVI SHANKAR GAUTAM CHINTAMANI SADHGURU JAGGI VASUDEV BUFFET PEOPLE WELLNESS BOOKS FOOD ART & CULTURE ENTERTAINMENT AUGUST 11 2019 SUNDAY PAGES 12 You Can Live It Too The ecosystem is under increasing pressure from over-exploitation of resources. A slew of earth warriors discover new ways of a sustainable living to follow. 12 billion tonnes is the mount of plastic in landfills, environment, and oceans. Of this waste, cigarette butts, plastic drinking bottles, food wrappers, and plastic grocery bags are the biggest contributors. 2016 60 Food Sustainability Index says that nutrition is one of the biggest challenges that India faces today. India is right at the bottom with a third-world country such as Ethiopia. Indian cities generate 15,000 tonnes of plastic every single day In India, city municipalities spend crores in just managing the after-effects of poor disposal. Over 300 million tonnes plastic is created each year S harad K Sakhare, along with his wife and teenage daughter, spent a unique Sunday at the GreenTokri farm on the outskirts of Pune some time back. From understanding sustainable farming operations to getting lessons on how to grow wholesome and healthy food, the Sakhare family had the enviable pleasure of walking through tall grass, wading through water, or simply enjoying the wide open spaces. Sharad’s daughter, Malini, was taught how to plant salad saplings and the family indulged in picking their own salad and fruits. The team at GreenTokri practices sustainable farming to offer the freshest produce to households across Pune and Mumbai. Gurgaon’s Organic Farmers’ Market is a citizens’ initiative that aims at making pesticide and chemical-free food available as a basic right. The market is a platform for organic farmers and environmentalists. The Delhi Organic Farmers’ Market also hosts organic farmers and primary producers—some from as far as Rajasthan and Ghaziabad—who use traditional techniques to grow their produce. In these times of global warming and environment crises, contradictions and diversity rule India. The densely populated country holds one-sixth of the world’s people and is poised to surpass China as far as population is concerned in less than a decade. It is the third biggest generator of emissions. This year, 11 of the top 15 hottest places in the world were in India. It also has eight cities in the top 10 polluted cities of the world. Most metros in the country will run out of groundwater by 2030, say environmentalists; while metros such as Mumbai sink and drown every monsoon. Besides, health and poverty are perennial problems. All this put together make sustainability a challenge. But some people are trying their best. Recently Corner House, , Bengaluru’s popular ice-cream chain, started a ‘Bring your own bowl’ initiative. Customers are encouraged to get their own bowls and boxes so that the enterprise can cut down on plastic use. The United Nations Environment Programme estimates that by 2050 there will be 12 billion tonnes of plastic in landfills, the environment, and oceans. Of this waste, cigarette butts, plastic drinking bottles, food wrappers, and plastic grocery bags are the biggest contributors. Little wonder that RAW Pressery recently launched RAWCycle, an eco-friendly initiative to recycle raw plastic bottles into clothing. The brand has already collected 1.2 million bottles for recycling and has launched the first edition of T-shirts that are made of 95 percent recycled plastic polyester and 5 percent dri-fit spandex. CEO Anuj Rakyan says, “Our company has consciously considered environmental impact as part of “Organic and sustainable way of living has a plethora of health benefits. There is a need to increase ‘organic footprint’ and indulge in an organic and sustainable lifestyle. It is a testimony to the momentum for better and healthier lifestyle and the positive change on the horizon.” R A H U L AG A R WA L , CEO, Organic Harvest SHUTTERSTOCK.COM By MEDHA DUTTA YADAV “Fellow villagers think I am wrong because they find it old-fashioned. I needed a shelter at the farm. I could have built a cement house, but that would have required labour and raw material from the nearby city. Instead, I found local artistes who could build a house using mud from my own farm.” A N O O P J A I P U R K A R , Writer, filmmaker, teacher our larger strategy We want to set . an example.” Anoop Jaipurkar from Pune is many things—writer, filmmaker, teacher—but probably one thing he is most proud of is being a farmer supporting sustainability . Says he, “It all started with my wish to grow vegetables devoid of chemicals. I started with a small terrace vegetable patch that once in a while produced enough veggies for my small family of three.” Anoop was hooked to detox lifestyle before he knew it. He recently got a mud house built at his one-acre farm. A man of principles, he even made sure to source old doors and windows rather than chop more wood for new ones. “Fellow villagers think I am wrong because they find it old-fashioned.” How did he come about building one for himself ? “I needed a shelter at the farm to complete the daily farm chores with efficiency and also to store farm equipment. I could have built a cement house, but that would have required labour and raw material from the nearby city . Instead, I found local artistes who could build a house using mud from my own farm. The only binding material they used was fine paddy straw. I got old wooden doors and windows sourced from my sister who recently renovated her home,” he says. The old roof tiles too were brought from four different people at dirt cheap rate. Almost everything in the house is reused material, which means minimal strain on natural resources. “Next on my agenda is an ecosan toilet, which will allow me to use my own waste to improve soil fertility he smiles. ,” Sustainability is a tight-rope walk. It calls for a collective effort to build our present by learning from the past and without affecting our future assets. From fashion, to food, to art and culture—each one of us owes it to the planet to realise an inclusive, resilient and sustainable future. And the three key elements that will help us in this path are—economic growth, environmental protection and social inclusion. In order to contribute to sustainable development, Wimbledon this year ditched its plastic racket covers. This will result in 4,500 fewer plastic bags this year. British supermarket Waitrose is reducing packaging and offering loose fruit and vegetables. Customers are also encouraged to bring their own containers to buy and refill produce such as pasta, grains and cereals. In Thailand, too, the Rimping supermarket decided to do away with packaging and wrap its produce in banana leaves instead. Vishal Bhandari, Founder, Turn to page 2
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