Earth Day

Every day on earth is….Earth day.

The story of a plastic bag

Brilliant video . Pl view and share.

The Clean Planet Manifesto

The inspiration for Clean Planet is the vision of a sustainable world . While designing the range we wanted to put together a collection of thoughts that resonate with the multi-faceted vision of Clean Planet and share it with the world.

The Clean Planet Manifesto is now one of the thought inspiring motifs of the Wise Tote .

Words enable worlds..

Laundry gym

Foot pedal washing machine

A mechanical foot pedal powered washing machine that requires no electricity by Remya Jose . The kind of innovation we need to create a sustainable world.

When free of the constraints of convention the solutions that emerge are truly amazing.

Time to rethink and Rework a lot else..

Ocean of plastic in birds

Warning..the pictures that follow aren’t pretty. But then , neither is what we humans are doing to this planet.

These photographs of albatross chicks were made in September, 2009, on Midway Atoll, a tiny stretch of sand and coral near the middle of the North Pacific. The nesting babies are fed bellies-full of plastic by their parents, who soar out over the vast polluted ocean collecting what looks to them like food to bring back to their young. On this diet of human trash, every year tens of thousands of albatross chicks die on Midway from starvation, toxicity, and choking.

To document this phenomenon as faithfully as possible, not a single piece of plastic in any of these photographs was moved, placed, manipulated, arranged, or altered in any way. These images depict the actual stomach contents of baby birds in one of the world’s most remote marine sanctuaries, more than 2000 miles from the nearest continent.

~chrisjordan, Seattle, October 2009

Routine , everyday plastic product purchases that take the life of other species . The problem of premature death due to ingestion of plastic products is not limited to birds . Animals , marine life all suffer the consequences of human choices.

We need to drop the ‘what can I do’ line of thought and the consequent inaction / status quo . The oceans did not turn into landfills by the single act of one person . It has become so by the daily choices of millions of consumers and businesses.

Pl choose to reduce plastic in whichever way you can .

Game of laundry

Brilliant idea by DesignAffairs Studio .

Edible Cutlery

Peesapati Narayana has experimented to created edible cutlery . The main ingredient being jowar (sorgum) which is an environmentally friendly crop because it does not require as much water as wheat and rice. Vegetable pup – spinach , beetroot , carrots – to add color.

The products are marketed under the brand name Bakeys. They are a healthy alternative to plastic cutlery, which is toxic, carcinogenic

Bakey’s products contain nutrients such as calcium, iron, phosphorus, proteins, niacin and folic acid .” Three Bakey spoons are equivalent to eating a jowar roti . The shelf life of this cutlery is nine months. If we add preservatives it can be extended up to two years” Narayana says.

Disposable plastic cutlery – from canteens , out door catering , airline / train meals etc contributes to plastic in landfills where it will lie for thousands of years . Innovations such as this one are a step forward to plastic free meals..and to a Cleaner Planet.

Carry your ideas..

Most products come with a recommended wash care. Here’s a recommended list of contents to carry in your Clean Planet bag

In your Clean Planet bag do carry with you a note book , a bottle of water , a handkerchief and possibly a book to read…

In our harried urban lives most of us are unlikely to experience the luxury of vast tracts of time on a daily basis to nurture our ideas and dreams . What we do get is precious moments which if honored can foster creativity , originality , joy , satisfaction and meaningful action.

Clean Planet would not be what it is today if it were not for a notebook (now – notebooks) in which ideas were written for months. Ideas are like gentle birds that perch on a branch for a moment before they fly away. Write them down and follow your inspiration with action. There’s no limit to what you can create.

Wall garden

Simple , cost effective way to use wall space in urban homes to grow herbs.

You can enjoy the sight and aroma of the herbs, get fresh produce at home , reduce usage of plastic.

(idea by Julius)

Daily Dump

Daily Dump – DIY composting at home / community / workplaces.

Brilliant initiative that started off with the vision and perseverance of Poonam Bir Kasturi . And has now expanded into various cities in India.

View the website in detail for the benefits of composting ranging from
- gardening
- reduced burden on public waste management system
- reduced usage of plastic (to throw wet waste)
- fuel savings
- employment generation
- cleaner cities

Next , composting of non-physical waste generated each day… unproductive thoughts , feelings , fears , stress, anger.