Awesome 2012

Decorate your wall board or desktop background with this earthy worthy calendar. Click on the link to the right to download a printable pdf or jpeg as per your screen size.

 

 
 

Get Fine Balance in Style and Eco Consciousness this Winter

 

Add some eco to your winter style this year. It’s time to feel cozy and flaunt those trench coats & brown boots you bought recently. Sip in a hot cuppa chai or coffee and feel the warmth sink in amidst the cool winter breeze. Deep shades of brown and black bring out winter vogue like nothing else. Add to that glen checks and you’ve got yourself ready for winter as far as the fashion radar is concerned.

Our Warm Tote is the perfect style companion to your winter wear. Its glen checks and herring bone fabric make your winter wear classier than what it is. Carry it to work, a social or personal scene and you will be sure to turn many heads. The jacket lining you will find inside is the perfect complement to fabric outside. The Warm Tote will keep your possessions snug while making you look nothing other than exclusive.

Sophisticate winter with the Warm Tote and befriend the environment too with its recycled wool make.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How will you make this Christmas and New Year eco friendly?

 

 

How will you make this Christmas and New Year eco friendly? Spread the joy of the season to the planet and be a good pal to it. You will be shopping for clothes, decorations, sweets, gifts and more right? Do carry reusable bags and go easy on those plastics. Gift giving just brings about special joy when there is an element of personal attached with it. Gift your loved ones a green gift this season.

 

We would love to have your cool suggestions on how to make this Christmas & New Year, very merry yet ecoJ. The 5 coolest suggestions will win a 25% discount gift voucher from us. With a Clean Planet tote you can save up to 300 plastic bags from clogging our beloved planet. So suggest to your heart’s content and stand a chance to get an exciting discount on our unbeatably eco stylish totes. Hurry, this contest is up and running till 31st Dec. The winners will be announced on Jan 2. Be an eco hero! You don’t need no cape to be one.

 

 

 

Kuch Karo Tote

The World we create is the world we inhabit. That makes us a whole lot responsible for it. All of our action or in-action affects the larger picture. We are the larger picture! Let’s not hesitate then in doing our bit. It is very well within our capacity to be aware, involved and passionate about our world.

How do you feel when something bad happens? What if Keenan Santos and Reuben Fernandez were one of yours or what if someone you cared for was caught in similar plight? They lost their lives for standing up against assault. We can make a big difference as individuals and as a collective if we choose to be beyond bystanders.

At Clean Planet we believe that – ‘No one can do everything, but everyone can do A LOT! Don’t underestimate the capability of individual capacity. If Gandhi were still alive he would surely encourage us to speak and act when we see or hear the unacceptable.  Kuch Karo Tote is a call to action to do something, anything because it will help create a better world!

Living in Context with Nature

 

 

Warli Lifestyle

Image Courtesy - Google

 

In the concrete jungle that the urban city has become, one tends to feel rather alienated from a natural eco existence. In fact, for people born and raised in urban spaces this is the only environment – and hence way of life one knows. Our household, cultural, educational and work related activities engage a significant proportion of our time. These life-style choices drive our interaction with the surrounding and consumption patterns. Hence, for millions of folks the urban experience is limited to their home, place of purpose and mode of commute.

‘What is this life if full of care, we have no time to stand and stare’ is a line from a poem called leisure written by William Henry Davies. Quite true, with regard to two aspects -

1) We have no time and

2) We do not have a lot to stare at, for there are quite a few surroundings that are a mere conglomeration of garbage and development debris.

Such was however not the case in every scenario, day and age. History offers us some fascinating insights in ways of living that were wisely connected with nature.

For example in the 3rd century A.D. in Ancient India groves and orchards were considered as sacred spaces where the local deities were placed. The domestic and monarchic setups within such a culture worked to protect the ecological surrounding that comprised of plants and animals.  These spaces were better known as the ‘sacred groves’ and people took their interaction with them very seriously. They were exempted from tax duties and even as of the present day they serve as rich reservoirs of seeds, saplings and plant posterity. Planting trees and donating groves earned merit. A culture such as this inspires and encourages one to live in joyous harmony with nature. Within the Sarguja district within Madhya Pradesh every village has 20 hectares of these groves. They’ve also been seen at Gani and Mangaon in Maharashtra.

One need not just look at an ancient culture to understand human life that is in harmony with nature. Even as of today there are many societies that function as part of nature and not independent from it – Meghalaya’s living bridges are a fine example of the same. Known to receive the highest levels of rainfall, the residents of these states make bridges out of fig tree roots to tackle floods. The Warli tribe from Dahanu and Talasari district, Thane also holds nature in high regard with respect to their culture and occupation. They teach their young ones to live in harmony with nature and not to fear its forces. In fact, at birth a male child is gifted an axe and a girl child a sickle to establish the connection with nature at a very nascent stage.

These examples bring us back to the urban city and our zone of familiarity. How do we make our existence more natural? We ought to take some time out to engage more with our surroundings and not live oblivious to them. We need a shift in our consciousness to change our thinking and finally impact our actions and lifestyle. We ought to make a serious audit on our consumption patterns and seek for a sustainable existence.

What we need is strong individual and collective action. A few small steps such as planting trees in the neighbourhood, composting, reducing consumption of plastic to the bare minimum, reducing waste , buying organic food , reusing & recycling , sharing, making our commute eco-friendly will definitely help the ecology around us and who knows it could be a very fun endeavour to get to know who your neighbour is.

None of these steps refer to an austere, serious life. Living in harmony with nature brings immense joy, peace and a sense of connectedness. We shape the world we inhabit – through conscious effort or inaction. Let’s honour the planet by conscious participation in the creation of a new world. In doing so the biggest gift will be to our self.

 

Compact Tote – Genius

The nifty Compact Tote unfolds into a sturdy bag ideal for spontaneous shopping and folds back into a neat pouch when not in use.

It is literally a compact end to all excuses for not using a reusable bag !:) By consistently using a reusable bag a typical urban resident can easily save 300 plastic bags from polluting the planet . A small (consistent) action that goes a long way towards making this a Clean(er) Planet.

Watch the Compact Tote Genius in action !

* Available in a range of contemporary , eco stylish designs at the Clean Planet Store .

 

 

Nurturing ideas..

Beautifully articulated tribute by the chief designer at Apple .

And just as Steve loved ideas, and loved making stuff, he treated the process of creativity with a rare and a wonderful reverence. You see, I think he better than anyone understood that while ideas ultimately can be so powerful, they begin as fragile, barely formed thoughts, so easily missed, so easily compromised, so easily just squished.”

—Jonathan Ive at the Steve Jobs Tribute on the Apple campus.

Powerful message for any organization that seeks to be innovative..

 

Meghalaya’s Living Bridges

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=apBO9pujP5E

In Meghalaya, India, “the wettest place on Earth”, summer monsoons cause floods and rapids that are nearly imposible to cross. Residents have responded by building “living bridges” out of the roots of fig trees. These still-living roots allow bridges that continue to grow and strengthen over the years. No one person can complete a bridge alone, so the practice is passed down from one generation to the next, with the construction of bridges spanning entire lifetimes.

This is sustainable architecture in practice, and a stunning testament to the power of collaboration.

This level of  wisdom , foresight , planning and collaboration is needed urban India which virtually languishes from lack of all four attributes on part of successive governments and citizen groups.

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Thank you Steve..

 

Thank you Steve for making the world infinitely more creative , beautiful , magnificent , memorable.

Your journey and creations have shaped Clean Planet. Your vision , courage and genius continue to inspire us.

Eco your Diwali

 

The festive season’s here and with it comes joy, celebration and inherent cheer in the atmosphere. We like our festivals as it is on those days we spend time and meet up with close friends and family. A break from the routine, a chance to indulge into tasties and there’s lights, grandiose and colour. Add to that the gifts exchanged and the joy of giving and getting.

This year how about we make the planet an essential member of our celebrations? The Euphoria of festivity tends to make us consume excessively. We mall hop & make a plastic mount!  This festive season let us make ‘sustainability’ the buzz word and source of  joy & creativity.

We can make our time, happiness and the feeling of being together sustain by taking a few thoughtful steps:

1) Strengthen nostalgia; it’s always bound people together and broken ice. Make your gifts instead of buying them and explore the artist in you. Scrap-books, hand painted photo frames, bio-degradable lamps, cards are a few thought starters

2) Cleanliness is next to Godliness. Festivals call for the annual house clean up session which might bring out all those old books, clothes, stationery and what not. Do give some of those to someone who really needs it

3) Get creative with your gift wrapping. There’s always so much stuff lying around in the house like old newspaper and magazines. Who knows you could even learn some new Origami

4)  There’s always the option of the perfect gift being sharing your joy and spreading your light by just being together and perhaps playing a board game, carom or some fun outdoor games

5) Be rational with your lights, sound speakers and air conditioners.  Turn it down when not needed. Cameras will be clicking moments to be remembered. Do use rechargeable batteries for all battery operated devices

6) Plan your shopping and carry a reusable bag on you. You could set a trend and example to fellow shoppers #sustainability

‘No one can do everything, but everyone can do a LOT!’ With sustainable consumption we could make our festivals more fun and joy evergreen! Go on have a very happy Diwali.