Reducing my carbon foot print.
This post is a confession of a introspective middle class urban consumer.
It was one of those mad mornings when I was fixing breakfast, packing lunch, catching up on some yoga and getting ready to work in no particular order. Gouramma my domestic help arrives about 15 minutes late from her scheduled time and I know I am going to get terribly late to my meaningless monday morning management meeting.
My bloodpressure has shot up to insane levels and I am trying to multitask. I have my dough for Rotis readied while I get on to the job of peeling the vegetables.
Gouramma watches me peeling away the chunks in a hurry. She tells me she could do with taking the skin with her to her home and if she may do so. I ask her what would she do with it?
And that was when she gave me her two cents worth.
She said ‘you people’ waste a lot of wealth. From where she comes, the skin , the most nutritious part of the vegetable is used for making a chutney, a broth or simply boiled with the Rice starch ( kanji) and had as a drink. She gave me a dozen home remedies about how a plethora of health problems like diabetes, obesity, migraine, fever , cold , cough, blood pressure and cataract could be cured by optimally using the benefits of the skin peeled out of most vegetables.
Gouramma could’nt be older than me. But her rustic upbringing brings with it an ancient wisdom that has been transferred over for generations . Somewhere, middle class prosperity, urban lifestyle and purchasing power have degraded these values in me that I would have otherwise imbibed, had I been born at a different time and place.
I am not complaining about where in the station of life I am currently in, and I certainly do not envy Gouramma’s station in life.
But her comment about how ‘we waste so much of wealth’ struck a chord in me.
I vowed to reduce wastage. I promised to gradually reduce my carbon foot print.
Two years hence we now grow some of my vegetables & herbs in my balcony ( Click here to read about my creepy wild forest) and in my small plot of land adjacent to our apartment compound.
Last year we planted a Chempaka and a Malavembu in our compound. The Chempaka is a slow starter or probably is turning out to be a retard , but watching the 'Malavembu' sapling grow way above my shoulder and spread its branches all over the compound wall gives me immense joy.
That was my two cents of giving back to mother earth for all the deforestation that we have caused inorder to enhance our living conditions.
Four months ago I came across this group that propagates using your kitchen waste to make your own compost. I invested in a kitchen waste composter ( That money would have otherwise funded a MAC lipstick or a Philips hair straightener) .
For the last four months all my kitchen waste goes into the smartbin , my kitchen waste composter and the dry waste to www.kuppathotti.com.
Every weekend my plants get a dose of smart brew that is taken out from the kitchen waste composter as their nutrition tonic.
The results is evident for you to see.
I do not mean to advertise but please visit their sites (http://www.greentechlife.in/smartbin/) and www.kuppathotti.com to see how you can reduce your contribution into the huge garbage landfills that we as urban consumers contribute into.
This is my two cents worth to propogate responsible disposal of garbage and to help us live in cleaner cities and recycle every bit of what we can.
This post was written for the Write Tribe WEDNESDAY PROMPT ‘my two cents ...'
P.S : Gouramma - my domestic help empties and changes our dust bin liner once every month or two months and not every day. It consists of nothing but dust as it is meant to be.