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Responses: How effective are Garbage Enzymes?

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by Bhavani Prakash I’m very happy to note that the article on “How to Make and Use Garbage Enzymes” has stirred a lot of discussion and this has been an opportunity to clarify where the science lies. I had endorsed Garbage Enzymes enthusiastically as I have personally heard gardeners speak of the positively about the […]


March 4th, 2011 | Posted in Chemicals,Cleaning,Composting,Recycling/Repurposing | Read More »

How to Make and Use Garbage Enzymes


By Bhavani Prakash Update to this article on 4th March 2011. Based on the responses by readers and those whose opinions I have sought, I would advise readers to read the original blog entry below in the context of the next post:  ”Responses: How effective are Garbage Enzymes?” where I make the introduction based on […]

February 27th, 2011 | Posted in Chemicals,Cleaning,Food,Recycling/Repurposing | Read More »

Do We Really Need Fluoride In Water?

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by Sahana Singh Have you ever wondered why we need to have fluoride in drinking water when there is already fluoride in our toothpaste? The October 2010 issue of the journal of the American Dental Association has confirmed that infants fed with formula milk prepared from fluoridated water run a greater risk of fluorosis (mottling […]

December 24th, 2010 | Posted in Water | Read More »

Why Laughter Is Good For You

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Laughter is to life what shock absorbers are to automobiles. It won’t take the potholes out of the road, but it sure makes the ride smoother. – Dr. William Fry, Stanford University Medical School You might wonder why an article on laughter has found its way into an environmental website. For several good reasons, let […]

October 17th, 2010 | Posted in Health and Wellbeing | Read More »

Part 2: How to compost at home : Using the Daily Dump

Daily Dump Pots Chennai

by Bhavani Prakash In Part 1 of this blog, we had talked of How to compost at home – using container pots outlining the composting process using resources at home, what to compost and what not to compost, the “greens” and “browns” to use and to what proportion, as well as to encourage you to […]

July 24th, 2010 | Posted in Composting | Read More »

Part 1: How to compost at home – using container pots


By Bhavani Prakash Of the various recycling practices that I personally follow, the most satisfying one is converting my kitchen waste into compost - a very valuable resource for my plants.  My family is often amused when I exclaim with glee at the slimy, guey, rotting vegetable and fruit waste that I collect every day and call it my precious “gold!”   When the […]

July 21st, 2010 | Posted in Composting | Read More »

Being a Locavore in Singapore


by Christina Crane I cook.  It’s something I do to relax, which is important in a naturally stressful city like Singapore, but it’s also the way that I was brought up.  I’m also curious and want to know more about everything.  These two things are what led me to start Locavore Singapore.  My foodieness means […]

June 11th, 2010 | Posted in Food | Read More »

President’s Cancer Panel: Environmental causes of cancer underestimated


By Bhavani Prakash A new report in the US that highlights the link between environmental factors and cancer is of particular relevance to the rest of the world. What are these environmental factors? What actions can individuals take? What are the cancer rates in Asia and should such a study be done here? The ”President’s Cancer Panel” specially […]

May 24th, 2010 | Posted in Chemicals,Chemicals,Health | Read More »

How to choose the right biodegradable bag?

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By Bhavani Prakash One question that is often asked of us is how to choose the right biodegradable bag as an alternative to plastic bags. This article should hopefully help you make a better decision. What is the problem with conventional plastic bags? Conventional plastic bags are made from polyethylene, which is derived from finite fossil […]

May 17th, 2010 | Posted in Composting | Read More »

Reading Food Labels: Food Additives

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The brand of cookies, bread, ketchup, chocolates or the multitude of edibles you put in your shopping trolley, has a direct bearing on your health and the health of your children. In case of sensitive people, such as children with ADHD,  it could even affect learning ability and behaviour. This is due to a number of food additives that are used […]

April 9th, 2010 | Posted in Food,Food/Diet/Meat Reduction | Read More »


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