Posts Tagged ‘vision’

A new way to holiday

Sunday, May 1st, 2011

Golden week in Japan is one of important national holidays treasured by the normally hard working Japanese . This year many of them have spontaneously decided to use their holiday time to support the tsunami relief work.

It’s not the way out-of-towners normally spend the start of the so-called Golden Week holiday, when Japanese commonly leave big cities to visit their home towns, take hot spring vacations or travel abroad. But after last month’s earthquake and tsunami decimated northeastern coastal towns and left an estimated 26,000 Japanese either dead or missing, these are not normal times.

“I saw the devastation on TV and felt I had to do something,” said Junko Sugino, 49, as she dragged a crate of mud through the narrow lanes between the tombstones.

“This is hard work, but it’s something that has to be done by people. Machines can’t fit into these tiny spaces,” she said..

Through the crisis and beyond the Japanese citizens have been admirable and inspiring in the way they have chosen to respond. Join us in renewing good wishes to the awesome Japanese to recover and rebuild their lives and nation.

One Voice One India

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

A movement is gaining momentum all across India . People from all walks of life and across age groups are coming to support the creation of a Corruption Free India.

The government headed by the Prime Minister NEEDS to hear your message. Write in to the PMO – email , send letters by post or courier . This is a govt that chose to not reply to Anna Hazare. They need millions of letters to see the writing on the wall.

If you would like a Clean India pl choose to make a difference.

Creativity unfolding..

Monday, April 4th, 2011

Amxma folding bicycle comes with an integrated basket for your groceries.

In folded form, the bike functions like a shopping cart. Now you can leave your car at home and travel to the supermarket on your bicycle.

Love the idea of combining functions in a product. Makes for a creative world . And a more sustainable one. Since we’d need fewer stuff to fulfill our requirements.

* This would not be allowed yet into Indian supermarkets !

Our only world..

Sunday, April 3rd, 2011

For the first time ever – at a Mumbai supermarket was able to buy 4 different fruits without a single plastic bag ! Requested the store associate to avoid plastic bags. Handed her my Compact Tote . The store didn’t have many customers in the morning . Possibly therefore she accepted. It was clearly a new task. Other store associates gathered around her to see why she was juggling fruits on the weighing machine when they should be neatly packed in individual plastic bags.

Larger/busy super markets (in Mumbai ) don’t have the people or the bandwidth for handling such a request . Often fishing out a reusable bag and insisting on avoiding plastic would evoke expressions akin to witnessing shoplifting or something equally inappropriate.

It appears that retailers are not sensitized to the avoidable waste and environmental problems associated with plastic bags. Seldom does one see store associates try to minimize the number of bags. It’s clearly not a priority or even an issue on which to train store associates.

Supermarkets in Mumbai have the practice of asking (rather insisting) that customers leave their mid-size / large bags at the entry point. Ostensibly to deter shop lifting . So it’s quite unimaginable to be able to enter a Mumbai super market with a bag that’s even partly filled with purchases made elsewhere. In that sense , shopping for veggies and fruits at the local open market is definitely more eco-friendly besides being time efficient.

Supermarkets in India can help create a more sustainable world by encouraging and enabling customers to bring their own reusable bag.To be fair to the retailers there is a cultural issue of customers asking / haggling for extra plastic bags. But, when the supermarkets can enforce draconian procedures of ‘leave your bags at the entry point’ to reduce their losses they can apply some thought to reduce the loss to the wider environment of which they are a part.

Your voice as a customer counts. Pl request the stores your frequent to use eco-friendly ways to pack their products.

This is OUR world . Our ONLY world . Let’s make it sustainable.

No one can do everything. But everyone can do a LOT.

Impossible is nothing

Friday, March 25th, 2011

After the worst earthquake in decades that the Japanese people have shown such resilience in moving forward after the tragedy on March 11. The Great Kanto Highway in Naka was totally destroyed and has now been repaired and opened to traffic. The Daily Mail Foreign Service describes in its report “The picture of gaping chasms in a Japanese highway demonstrated the power of the March 11 earthquake.  Now the astonishing speed of reconstruction is being used to highlight the nation’s ability to get back on its feet. Work began on March 17 and six days later the cratered section of the Great Kanto Highway in Naka was as good as new. It was ready to re-open to traffic last night.”

As an ad goes ‘Impossible is Nothing’. This is a huge inspiration and a powerful example of what a determined group of people can accomplish.

Million Bags

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

We LOVE bags. A reusable bag used consistently reduces the non-biodegradable junk choking the planet . That alone makes a bag love-worthy !:) We love creativity in all it’s myriad forms and believe that hidden within each of us is an artist .

The love for bags coupled with creativity makes for a million expressions aka Million Bags !

Starting today – mail us your creative bag idea. Draw , paint , create on your computer , use whatever material that catches your fancy..draw a bag on sand , create a bag motif with flowers , candy, stones , buttons. Use scrap paper / cloth to craft a bag , embroider . If you’re a Master (or aspiring ) Chef bake a bag shaped cake , draw with cream on soup , use dal/rajma/rice to create a bag motif…You get the gist..The whole world is your canvas.

The fun rules are :

1. It should be your creation.

2. We’re not looking for pics of actual bags (unless it is something you made yourself ).

3. Size does not matter .It has to look like a bag . It could be a 4 inch drawing or a 1 foot painting.Pl do your best to send a clear, high resolution image.

4. Mail it to millionbags@cleanplanet.in

5. Feel free to write a few lines about your creation . This is however not mandatory

6. Your entry will be featured with your name . We can mention your blog url or Facebook id also if you’d like it to be mentioned.

7. Submissions received will be reviewed on a weekly basis . The decision of the panel will be final regarding showcasing of entries.

8. Clean Planet will accept entries in good faith that they are the creations of the person submitting the entry / on whose behalf they are submitting the entry .

Entries that are approved by our eclectic , creative panel will be immortalized on our Face Book Album ‘Million Bags’. A selection of entries will be featured on Clean Planet World and other online Clean Planet spaces.

A journey of Million Bags begins with the first one..

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Japan – land of the brave

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

Japan is a country close to our heart . We have several Japanese clients, business associates and friends. It’s amazing and inspiring to see how stoic and brave they are. Across companies we see the same message ‘We must now work to build the future of our country’. We see this in individuals of different age groups . Truly remarkable and admirable.

We wish the citizens of Japan strength , courage , peace and joy to overcome and triumph the many challenges they are faced with.

Create joy with the 'Bag of the Year'

Monday, January 17th, 2011

A cool way to use your ‘Bag of the Year’ .

Hang in your cupboard or room to store all the happy memories of 2011..letters from loved ones , birthday cards, your accomplishments etc. Dive into the bag at any time of the year and fish out a happy memory. The joy it brings will send out vibrations to attract even more joy !:)

Hmmm….maybe we should call this ‘Bag of 2011 Joy’ !:)

Bag of the Year..

Saturday, January 15th, 2011


Join the buzz

Sunday, January 9th, 2011

Most of us possibly don’t have even a passing thought about bees . Much less ponder on the connection between human beings and bees. Yet , there is a connection . Bees don’t just make honey, they are a giant, humble workforce, pollinating 90% of the plants we grow.

Bees are vital to life on earth — every year pollinating plants and crops with an estimated $40bn value, over one third of the food supply in many countries. Without immediate action to save bees we could end up with serious disruption in food supply.

This is just the impact on human lives . There is a wider role that pollinating bees play in nature which possibly is not understood completely.

Recent years have seen a steep and disturbing global decline in bee populations — some bee species are now extinct and others are at just 4% of their previous numbers. Scientists have been scrambling for answers. Some studies claim the decline may be due to a combination of factors including disease, habitat loss and toxic chemicals. But new leading independent research has produced strong evidence blaming neonicotinoid pesticides. France, Italy, Slovenia and even Germany, where the main manufacturer Bayer is based, have banned one of these bee killers.

A world without bees is not necessarily a world that is completely devoid of life. Much of human existence is presently dependent on honey bees because they are currently the main pollinators. However, penguins and fish don’t need bees to sustain their diet. The human race is not likely to become extinct as a result of the bees becoming extinct. Instead, there would be massive deaths until the humans can evolve to eat foods that bees do not pollinate. Food production would decline as a result of the bees’ extinction but would never disappear entirely. Some type/quantity of crops can still be grown without the intervention of bees. The labor-intensive hand pollinating process would raise the price of food.

Life on Earth would survive without bees, but it would be a much different Earth. Most plants depend on insects like bees to pollinate them. Unless some other animal inserted themselves into that biological niche, most of our plants would disappear along with the bees. One source of photosynthesis that is independent of insects is in our water supply. Algae has a tremendous influence on the world’s oxygen production, so oxygen would not disappear. Because many trees and flowering plants depend on bees for their reproductive cycle, they would be highly stressed.

Avaaz is campaigning for a ban of neonicotinoid pesticides to stop the decline of bees . Pl click here to support the campaign.