Sunday, 23 September 2007

Simple and easy methods to prevent environment pollution-voracious blog reader

Here are some of my suggestions to avoid polluting the environment by going in for natural products:

* Plastics are dangerous. Where ever possible please use cotton bags. Avoid plastic bags. Always have the habit of carrying cotton bags with you. I always tell the shop keepers that I have bought my bag along.

* Go in for coir foot rests for your doorsteps and for cotton ones for bedroom etc.

* As much as possible buy cotton clothing. Kadhi Gramodhya Bhavan is a good place to start.

* The younger generation can make use of the cycle to make small errands. Use a dynamo instead of the battery-type lights.

* Use cotton ropes for putting the clothes out for drying. I agree that nylon ones last longer. But cotton ropes' production does not pollute the environment.

* Please switch off an appliance completely. For example, switch off the main switch of the TV. Leaving it ON does consume power. Though the consumption is small, small droplets of water form a big cloud. Imagine each and every household leaving their TV ON (not to mention the video/DVD players attached to the TV). Lot of power would be consumed then. Unwanted power consumption means wasting the power produced. On the same lines, switch off the lights before retiring to bed at night. I know quite a few people who have the habit of reading a book/magazine and doze off. Unwanted power consumption.

* If one wants to really bring down power consumption, one can go in for "kallore" and "ammi kal". And the food tastes a lot better than the electric mixies and grinders.

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41 comments:

Sree's Views said...

Hey Partner :)
Lovely topic !

Lemme think of some more ways of saving resources.
I always like to use paper bags..they look ethnic too.
Recycling water should be given a lot of importance. There was a time when my mom used to save all the water in which vegetables were washed and used it for watering the plants in the adjoining balcony..she had a mini herbal garden there.
will put another comment :)
nice topic Pangalee...proud of you :)
Have a great week !

Ankur said...

@sree..
wow
finally u r learning some characters of Hindi :)

@vbr....
using a reusable bag instead of a disposable plastic one definitely helps. but using cotton/jute instead of synthetic fibers might not be a good idea... simply because to grow cotton you chop down trees.. use pesticides /chemical fertilizers... jute and paper processing itself releases a lot of pollutants in the environment.

Sree's Views said...

ANKUR

Hey Ankur....

finally u r learning some characters of Hindi :) //
I can read and write Hindi effortlessly...its just that I dont understand the language :(

but this is thanks to VBR :)

simply because to grow cotton you chop down trees.. use pesticides /chemical fertilizers... jute and paper processing itself releases a lot of pollutants in the environment.//
yes Ankur..I agree...I feel shops that do not have bags (like costco) in the US makes sense..there is better recyling there.
Another this is to avoid plastic bags and wrap things in paper.

Voracious Blog Reader said...

@ Partner

//There was a time when my mom used to save all the water...
//

Thats a great idea.

Paper bags are good as long as they are recycled.

@ Ankur

One need not chop down trees. There are enough cotton trees at our disposal. Also, at the rate of deforestration, planting new trees (cotton) wouldn't be a bad idea.

Chemicals will come into play anyway; whether its plastic bags or cotton bags. But in the case of cotton bags, the chemicals used are less comparatively.

Do you prefer your hot food wrapped in a plastic cover or in a banana leaf? Plastic additionally has the danger of melting and getting mixed with food. Banana trees are aplenty. They grow rapidly too.

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Voracious Blog Reader said...

Ankur,

I am responsible for the symbol of "Shree". :)

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Thiru said...

Hi VBR

A nice post on methods to prevent environmental pollution!

Ankur said...

// I can read and write Hindi effortlessly...its just that I dont understand the language :( //

there is a saying in hindi.. repeated reciting of the holy texts without understanding its meaning won't purify your soul...
neways u r incorrigible.

//Another this is to avoid plastic bags and wrap things in paper.//
you r coming back to the same thing.. how will it help you? people thought petrol from corn will help the environment.. but look at what havoc it has created in the corn prices and soil erosion.

Ankur said...

@vbr
1) 99% of the world's cotton comes from plants and not trees... and you really have to visit gujarat or the nile basin to understand how much does this cultivation harms...
over irrigation in these hot dry lands has caused soil salination.. making the soil unfit for everything...
then because of ballworms.. a lot of pesticides r getting used.. (infact cotton accounts for majority of the pesticides consumed by india.

the list is unending.

Sree's Views said...

Hey Ankur..

there is a saying in hindi.. repeated reciting of the holy texts without understanding its meaning won't purify your soul...//
u cant purify something that is already pure...

neways u r incorrigible. //
that's rich...Mr.Pot :)
stop sneering :P

//Another this is to avoid plastic bags and wrap things in paper.//
you r coming back to the same thing.. how will it help you? people thought petrol from corn will help the environment.. but look at what havoc it has created in the corn prices and soil erosion.
//
hmm..I understand that paper manufacturing lead to major deforestation. But that did not stop paper production or going to in the future. So, I feel reusing paper and paper bags would def help in a major way.
My mother uses the butter paper in which bread comes wrapped, for packing sandwiches and we use tote bags made of paper to carry stuff.
But since 'husk' is another key raw material in paper production, wood consumption has greatly been slashed.
btw..what is ur suggestion for an alternate for cotton ?

Jeevan said...

Very good thoughts you have shared, i agreed.

//Go in for coir foot rests for your doorsteps// we used this sometimes back, but when this foot rest becomes our dog's fav game to make it pieces, we stopped buying it. Ok hereafter we change to it.

//Use a dynamo// that was a time we rotate the standing cycle's wheel and see light blow.

Over wasting of electricity must be watched, it increases the warming of global.

Rambodoc said...

Congrats to the two of you for this Intel Core-2 Duo partnership. I must note Sree's increasing absence in the blogosphere outside of enagar, probably.
Else she finds Murungakka tasteless these days!
:-)

Sree's Views said...

Hey Jeevs bro ,
How are u ?
Yes..vbr has brought out good ideas and we need to think of some more ideas to better the situation.
Your ideas are good. I think using of bicycles shd be more...atleast by the men...we gals can drive around :P

Sree's Views said...

RAMBODOC

Hello Ram :)
How are u ? I am pretty regular at ur blog..its just that most of what u write is way above my little brain power...so just widening my knowledge :)
I especially liked that post about the 'chinese torture'. Infact I picked up something from reader's digest and wanted to comment there. The book got mixed up :(
but will fish it out :)

lemme reply to one of ur previous comments first

Ensoooi na yenna?
:-? //
ensooooiii= 'enjoy' pronounced with an irresistably charming country accent :P

Congrats for whatever is giving you the seven stars (maybe the seven pheras??)
:-) //
"do they translate into
I hereby agree to
cook , wash , clean , arrange, take orders , be submissive and obey unconditionally " ?
Naaaaaaaaaaa !!!

but here I like to say my fav phera is the seventh one

"Let us be friends with love and sacrifice. Let us walk together so we may have friendship."
"With seven steps we have become friends. Let me reach your friendship. Let me not be severed from your friendship. Let your friendship not be severed from me."

:)
Congrats to the two of you for this Intel Core-2 Duo partnership.//
kindal dhaaney ;-)

I must note Sree's increasing absence in the blogosphere outside of enagar, probably. //
yes...guilty as charged :(
lack of time and preoccupation with studies and other work.
I apologise.

Else she finds Murungakka tasteless these days!
:-) //
Ram ! No self-respecting Tamilian would find Murungakka tasteless =))
Its part of every tamilians life :))
venaa yaaraiyaavadhu ketukongo :))

thank you , Doc..see yaa :)

Voracious Blog Reader said...

@ Jeevan

Hi Jeevan,

Yes, those were lovely days when we used to play with the bicycles that way.

@ Ankur

Nice points. Can you also please throw light on pollution due to plastic bags production and cotton bags' production on a comparative scale? As Sree asks the pertinent question "What could be the alternate for Cotton"?

@ Rambodoc

Hi dokkie.

//
Intel Core-2 Duo partnership
//

Hee hee... yes, intel core-2 duo with "Ram"bodoc. :D

By the way Ram, do you have any suggestions?

@Sree's answer to doc:

ROTFL

@Sree

Hi partner :)

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Curious said...

Hey VBR..good topic... Many of which can be easily implemented!

I have a reusable shopping bag which i carry whenever I go shopping..but u should see the look on people face when I tell them I don't want there bags and ask them pack it in mine... Many think am insane...! :D

And in chennai we filter our kitchen water and resue it for watering our lawn... we even have a organic compost pit....the effect of all this is a very beautiful garden which many envy..in sometimes waterless chennai! :D

Sree's Views said...

CURIOUS

Hello C
How are u ?
And in chennai we filter our kitchen water and resue it for watering our lawn... we even have a organic compost pit....the effect of all this is a very beautiful garden which many envy..in sometimes waterless chennai! :D //
wow...really ? I tried the compost pit but had a hard time with bandigoots , C :( they'd dig up the entire place and we'd see garbage strewn everywhere.

u have a lovely gargen..wow..I am so happy for u :)

Sree's Views said...

Helllooo Partner :)
how are u ?
what is the menu for today ?
edhaavadhu jamaaichu irupeley :)
see yaa Kootalee :)

Voracious Blog Reader said...

Hi Curious,

First of all: your paintings are awesome.

Yes, you are right. I too got strange looks initially when I told them I have my own bag. [I like "jolna pai" a lot and carry 2 of them with me usually :)]. But on explaining to them the reason behind the use of such bags, they understood my point.

I have also seen people using a plastic bag for carrying just a single pack of chips packet and that too with their house just round the corner.

Wow, a garden with filtered water. That sure is a great idea.

Voracious Blog Reader

Voracious Blog Reader said...

Hi Pangaali,

I am fine. How are you?

Menu: Capsica sambhar and carrot curry.

Voracious Blog Reader

Voracious Blog Reader said...

This stuck my mind too:

If for the pillayar chathurthi [Ganesh chathurthi] celebrations, a pillyar [Ganesha] was made just out of pure clay and devoid of any paints, pollution can be avoided too.

There are quite a good number of vendors who offer this.

Voracious Blog Reader

prerna said...

//* Please switch off an appliance completely. For example, switch off the main switch of the TV. Leaving it ON does consume power.//
I am guilty of this.I will try and remember this .

Sree's Views said...

Hey partner :)
out of pure clay and devoid of any paints, pollution can be avoided too. //
yes...I love that pure clay vinayakar with those red and black eyes...until last year I did'nt know those eyes were actually seeds..all these years I thgt they were made of plastic :)



prerna

Leaving it ON does consume power.//
I am guilty of this.I will try and remember this . //
How are u prerna ?
I know u'd be prudent :)

and adjusting the thermostat in ACs goes a long way in saving energy :)

take care guys :) missing u all !

Voracious Blog Reader said...

@ Sree

Those tiny black-red beads are called kundhumani.

We miss you too Shree.

@ Prerna

Hi Prerna.

Voracious Blog Reader

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