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Soda blues: What you’re really sipping


  If you thought sipping a soda brought you happiness (like this advert on the link before implies), think again!  Here’s an interesting infograph posted by an insurance company on the effects of consuming soda.  This is worth drinking in. (Click on the image to zoom in) Via: Term Life Insurance   There are plenty of […]


August 18th, 2012 | Posted in Chemicals,Green Consumption,Health and Wellbeing | Read More »

The why and how of your own urban garden


By Preethi Sukumaran Just like there’s a billion dollar business idea and a New York Times bestseller in each of us, so too lurks a farmer in each of us – with the urge to grow beautiful living things. Scientists with clever sounding PhD thesis topics have tried to explain this urge to grow new […]

August 2nd, 2012 | Posted in Food | Read More »

Winged Bean: The single species supermarket

Winged Bean

By Bhavani Prakash Many plant species can lay claim to being a ‘single species supermarket’ where several if not all parts of the plant can be used productively for food, fibre and/or fuel. Three that I have grown up with in tropical Asia are the coconut palm, the moringa (drumstick tree), and banana plant which are […]

May 1st, 2012 | Posted in Food | Read More »

Flavourings: Tweaking tastes and creating cravings

Tweaking Tastes and creating cravings

By Bhavani Prakash Don’t most processed foods such as chocolates, crisps and beverages taste so addictively good? One of the reasons is because there’s a plethora of chemicals that is diligently researched and added to various products, so much so that we the customers are often fooled into believing that they taste even better than […]

December 5th, 2011 | Posted in Chemicals,Food | Read More »

How can I convince my friend to use the stairs?


by James H. Wandersee and Renee M. Clary As someone who is interested in green living, you are no doubt aware of the benefits of indoor and outdoor walking–both for people and for the Earth. So it is likely that, whenever you find yourself inside a multistory building, you consciously choose to use the stairs, rather […]

October 31st, 2011 | Posted in Energy,Health and Wellbeing | Read More »

Natural ways to satisfy your sweet cravings


by Shaan Lalwani  Most of us may know that processed sweeteners like high fructose corn syrup or glucose are bad for us and that sugar in general, no matter what the source, is something we should limit. But when we have that craving, what’s the best natural sweetener to satisfy that sweet tooth? There’s much […]

September 2nd, 2011 | Posted in Food,Green Consumption | Read More »

Soapberries: The eco-friendly cleaning solution

Dried Soapberries

By Preethi Sukumaran and Srinivas Krishnaswamy If you think that detergents are found only on supermarket shelves, then be prepared for a clean, green surprise. It grows on trees and has been cleaning clothes (and people) since the time of the Buddha! In fact, some sources also add the Buddha to its list of satisfied […]

July 14th, 2011 | Posted in Chemicals,Cleaning | Read More »

6 Beautiful Balcony Plants to Control Mosquitoes


By Shaan Lalwani Is the municipality’s anti-mosquito fumigation getting you down? Are you tired of applying jars of strange smelling, sticky mosquito repellents? Or do you like me, love pottering in the garden and do not want to spend your time swatting mosquitoes? I have a nursery in my own backyard, so I spend lots […]

June 10th, 2011 | Posted in Health and Wellbeing,Home remedies,Indoor Air Quality | Read More »

Styrofoam: The Silent Killer

Say No to Styrofoam

By Cheryl Leo They say ‘no news is good news’  but is it always the case? For Styrofoam – which is actually a (successful) brand name of one manufacturer of the material, polystyrene (PS)- it is definitely not so. Most people are not fully aware of the implications of Styrofoam use because we hardly hear any […]

May 21st, 2011 | Posted in Chemicals,Food,Plastic | Read More »

How To Grow Fresh Air Using Houseplants

How To Grow Fresh Air by Dr B. C. Wolverton

by Bhavani Prakash Imagine the earth as a gigantic greenhouse. Plants and trees absorb vast amounts of carbon dioxide as well as toxins from the atmosphere while releasing precious oxygen, thereby producing and maintaining clean air.  Logically speaking, the concept should apply to any closed environment such as an urban apartment or office building, or […]

May 4th, 2011 | Posted in Chemicals,Indoor Air Quality | Read More »


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