Sunday, 15 Dec 2019
Month: March 2019
Bangalore

Let Bangalore not go the Cape Town way

Bangalore, the once-upon-a-time sleepy city in south India was a paradise for pensioners. Home to more than 250 lakes in the 1960’s, today there are less than 20 healthy lakes in the heart of the city. Where once the lakes were a source of drinking water to the residents of water, today, water is pumped […]

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Three Steps on Water

The dry season is on. As temperatures soar one commodity becomes precious; the elixir of life, water. Urbanization has had its toll on the environment and one of its victims has been depletion of fresh water sources. As the explosion in population and the demand for water is peaking, receding ground water tables is a […]

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Using Used Cooking Oil

(From “The Hindu”, 23 Feb, 2019) Caterers and hotel kitchens often find themselves with large amount of used cooking oil that needs to be disposed off. The Dehradun based Indian Institute of Petroleum is experimenting with converting used cooking oil into bio aviation turbine fuel (Bio-ATF) which can be blended with conventional ATF and used […]

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Green Food Wrapper

(From “The Hindu”, 22 Feb 2019) Kesophane is a cellophane paper manufactured by Cygnet Industries Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of B.K. Birla Group company Kesoram Industries Ltd. It is made from natural wood, is non-toxic and biodegradable. It is this product that is being targeted as a substitute for existing food packaging options such as […]

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Let Ocean Plastic fuel your next run

Ever wondered what your running shoes are made of? Well, it’s time to pay attention because you could be doing your bit to save the oceans through your next pair from Adidas. According to edie.net, sportswear giant, Adidas, has doubled it’s production of ocean plastic trainers. Called Ultraboost Parley shoes, they are made from plastic […]

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Little Reason to Celebrate

Around a month ago, Delhi had torrential rains for 4 days continuously. It was all over the news that Delhi air had finally become breathable. With an air quality index (AQI) of 133, Delhi was rejoicing at being able to breathe “moderately polluted” air or air that is “unhealthy for sensitive groups”. These are the […]

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Sustainability is for fools!

We are living in a world of foolishness — a world of make-believe. Where we believe the wand of a fairy godmother can make things utopic without thinking what the stroke of midnight could do. Where everything is perfect in one’s own bubble and everything outside of it will automatically take care of itself. Much like the […]

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Three steps this week

It is the end of the academic session and final exams are in the air. As exam preparations peak in my house so does the demand for stationery. The last remaining pages of the end-of-year notebooks get filled up with practice work, the pencils get shorter and gel pens get over at an astounding rate. […]

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Water use in the food industry

As the stage is set for an increase in the global consuming class, experts predict there will be a tremendous increase in consumer spending. The growth of the consumer sector is bound to put stress on key environmental parameters such as water. A glance at the food and drink industry reveals some disturbing numbers. According […]

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Textile Wastewater finally seeing the Light of day!

Textile wastewater is not easy to treat. The most difficult pollutant to reduce and remove are salts, or total dissolved solids, resulting from dyes. Any treatment option for textile effluent is an elaborate and expensive affair. For most textile industries, it is a battle between doing the right thing and following norms set by their […]

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