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When all trees have been cut down, when all animals have been hunted, when all waters are polluted, when all air is unsafe to breathe, only then will you discover you cannot eat money. - Cree Prophecy

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

It’s a chemical world out there!

Can we think of how much we easily pollute the mother earth and in a very take-it-for-granted manner?
Start with the toothpaste – forget the plastics involved! Number of brushes dumped and that the remains will go on for ages! How much of what we spit are biodegradable? fluoride n bromide and what not in the pastes!
Face wash- that gel which is supposed to remove all those pollutants and layer on your face is a big pollutant.
Toilet – all our harpics and what not- just see the ingredients for the chemicals infested
Bath soap- oh! Whats a soap? if we get soap-free soap in the same market! nothing natural or organic in it.
Shampoo- remember the days we never had shampoos and slowly it surfacing in to our shops (& shopping list) and the small sachets..
Oh! Sachets, apart from the chemicals we wash off and so pump in to our ecology, the sachets- plastic invasion let out at large to be there for the next million years…
Then those of us who shave- cream, after shave (all chemicals and ofcourse damaging the ecology), etc
Dying your hair- more than just chemicals there! And that’s washed off to the soil again so frequently..Lets not even think of the cosmetics (there was a famous fwd mail about the contents of the lipstick, remember. I don’t even want to reproduce it here. Its ominous!)
Even coconut oil has more chemicals than coconut these days:-0
Detergents- heard of some people just diluting detergents and spraying on worms & insects? And they die too…so we know what our detergents are and so we obviously pumped these synthetic small giants too..
Where? Ofcourse to our water table!
Food: to just make them- fertilizer, pesticide then some more chemicals to increase their shelf life..then cook in water filled with chlorine, e-coli, sulphides & what nots..
then the toxic veggies, pulses etc..hmm no end, eh? Just by cooking and then washing the dishes alone how much more we pollute..
Hey tired? We are yet to come to the energy that we need and how we generate and actually waste most of them..
Finally the petro splurge! No end, transport even a tissue paper to 1000s kms!
is this my pessimism week?

Do we (W & me) do something here to help?
Yes! We try and identify products that are more friendly and has not moved so many kilometers..
So there goes the Washington apples and kiwi out of my taste buds for ever..
Yes there’s more! try and use cycle within 6 kms of my neighborhood, travel only if required and commute by bus (public transport) as much as we can. Take the car only if its justified in the number (of people or load). Even walk a lot..hey, it’s a good exercise! Plus going by bus means, less tension on me driving most part in 1st gear with the traffic as hell these days and also less pollution (I see it plainly less at that height!)
We avoid AC in the car & bedroom to the best, atleast its not the 1st thing we do even in the peak summer.
Try and grow as much as we can- in the small garden or in the terrace or in pots..
No we are not there – composting our poop, alternate energy for basic amenities etc, avoiding lotsa things that is close to abstinence or self denial!
One thing for sure!
Never can we go near the no impact man! But we shall slowly move in that direction..
Meanwhile read lots of his experience here
Its mindboggling.

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  • At September 03, 2008 11:40 PM, Blogger Manikantan said…

    Truly said. We (wife,daughter) made our own clay Ganesha as usual this year too.
    We will send you a snap. :-)

  • At September 04, 2008 1:27 AM, Blogger organically speaking said…

    was heartening to read your post. i guess each of us trying to do our bit is the only way out :)

  • At September 04, 2008 7:05 AM, Blogger Ananthoo said…

    @ mani - i can guess:-) will wait for the snap!

    @ organically speaking - thx! thats true..many of us need to really do lots..(but am not able to sneak in to ur blog!)

  • At September 04, 2008 11:04 PM, Blogger organically speaking said…

    thats strange.. . :) nothing secret

  • At September 24, 2008 5:39 AM, Blogger Radhika said…

    Ananthoo, Nice post man. Can you post a list of eco-friendly household cleaners that you have found and use, in India? Details would be a great help to your fellow seekers! Dishwashing, laundry, bathroom, toilet, floor,....


  • At September 27, 2008 9:16 PM, Blogger Ananthoo said…

    @ Radix: eco-friendly, truly- am in search too..
    if we ignore the manufacturing & packaging parts- amway products, am told, are bio-degradable. Thats the closest and easiest i find.
    (NO! am not an amway man..dont run away on sighting me)
    otherwise- vellore srini's dishwasher is the best. auroville soaps for body, simple shikakai/moongdal flour are easier and friendliest options. W does that, am yet to upgarde:-(for floor & toilets- thiruvensun bio botanica are the only option i hit on. But they are tuff to catch!


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