Showing posts from June, 2011

TERI’s Training Session for Teachers of Environmental Science at Don Bosco, Matunga

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of a teacher?

Images of strict teachers standing in front of a classroom full of students, reading out from a text book, or writing something on the board or doing something unbelievably drab is what most of us would have imagined. This was not to be the case, however, at the training session that was held by TERI (The Energy and Resources Institute) for teachers in the AV Room of the Don Bosco Provincial House, at Matunga on 25th June, 2011. The program was attended by 27 teachers from 8 schools all over Mumbai, plus one teacher who had come all the way from Lonavla. And if you saw the excitement that the teachers had written all over their faces throughout, it was only a telling sign of the good time they were having.

The session was conducted by Saltanat Kazi and Pallavi Barua and saw the explanation of some of the most innovative techniques teachers could use in order to teach their students about the environment, and individ…

Chipping Away!

Chips! Ahh the wonderful taste of those spicy salty treats at 4.00 p.m. on a rainy evening! And how well they go with a little hot sauce, especially when I’m curled up watching a movie or chatting with a friend…

And what pretty shiny packaging!

Amidst all the running around to launch Green Homes and all the other stuff that happens over the course of a normal day, there’s no comfort food like my favourite pack of chips and bar(s) of chocolate. And so, I’ve realized, ‘going green’ will not be easy, even for the GreenLine team. Because with chips comes packaging, and with packaging comes a whole lot of problematic waste.

The average bag of potato chips is made of several layers, great for keeping the chips crunchy but not so great for the environment. The suspects are:

—A transparent film known as Surlyn, on which the brand name and cover pictures are printed

—A plastic layer made of stuff called Biaxially Oriented Polypropylene (BOPP)

—A layer of plastic known as Low Density Polyethyl…