Sustainable Nature Trails – Mumbai

Plastic pollution due to its indiscriminate disposal is one of the greatest environmental challenges of our current generation. Plastic production has skyrocketed since 1950 and it is estimated that by 2050, we shall have more plastic in our oceans than fish. Most people today are aware of the millions of tons of plastic swirling around the world’s oceans, however, plastic pollution on land is an equally pressing issue. Very little of the plastic we discard every day is recycled. Most of it is dumped in landfills, where it may take up to 1000 years to decompose, all the ...

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Environmentalist of the Week – STEM

This Week's Environmentalist of the Week This week, the Environmentalist of the Week goes to a group of students (ages 12-15) who are part of an organisation called "STEM" (Save The Earth Movement). They started a "no plastic drive" in Ghatkopar East. They also visited the fruit and vegetable vendors and explained to people about the harmful effects of single-use plastic. In addition, they went to households and collected a great amount of plastic and gave it to Sampurn Earth for recycling. Therefore, the recyclable plastic was further used to make durable plastic ...

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Meeting with French Ambassador to India at Mumbai Office

France and India on Sustainable Development On Friday, June 22nd, 2018, the French Ambassador to India, Mr. Alexandre Ziegler, visited the Earth5R team at the Mumbai office, along with Mr. Jean Marc Fenet, Economic Head at French Embassy and Mr. Yves Perrin, Consulate General. The French government is very prominent in tackling environmental issues. For example, the “Energy Transition for Green Growth Act” was initiated in 2015 which will aim to reduce France’s greenhouse gas emissions by 40% below 1990 levels by 2030. Also, in 2012, the country passed laws to boost ...

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The Tenth Powai Lake Cleanup

On the 10th Powai Lake Cleanup… The Earth5R team continued to pick up the plastic around the lake. It was pouring rain, but this did not stop them from accomplishing their mission. With each clean-up, the amount of plastic decreases in our environment, making it that much closer to being restored. Also, with each plastic item collected, a new job and opportunity is created for someone else. Connecting with Local Recyclers Ever since the Powai Lake clean-ups began, Earth5R has wanted to ensure that the waste collected is processed and not sent to a landfill, as ...

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Zero Waste and Compost Units in Ghatkopar

On Saturday, 16th June, the Earth5R team travelled to Ghatkopar to install a composting unit at ‘Parvati Heritage’ society. In addition, the team also trained the conscientious residents as well as housekeeping staff of the society on better disposal methods for their waste. Creating sustainable residential buildings is a part of Earth5R’s ‘Zero-Waste’ program under the ‘ACT Powai’ project. Composting is an easier way to decrease the load on landfills. Hence, Earth5R is helping make this resource available to buildings throughout the Powai area. The ...

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Zero Waste Trainings and Composting Installations in Mumbai

On the 29th of April, the Earth5R team conducted a waste management workshop and installation at Sagar Heights in Saki Naka. Creating sustainable residential buildings is a part of Earth5R’s Zero Waste program under “ACT Powai”. Earth5R trains residents, housekeeping staff and maids about waste segregation at the source while informing them why this is so urgent as landfills are full. Composting is an easy way to reduce the mass of material in landfills. Therefore, Earth5R is helping make this resource available to buildings throughout the Powai area. There are ...

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Collaboration with Local Recyclers at Dharavi

On Monday, 18th June, the Earth5R team visited the Dharavi Recycling Centers. Ravi Bhanushali, a partner of Earth5R, gave the team a tour through the entire center. During this visit, the team was able to set up recycling networks and bring more local recyclers under the “ACT Powai” program. The team talked to them about how they could be a major stakeholder in ACT Powai and how they could recycle all the dry waste in the area. Each item they recycle could be recycled into a new product and create a source of livelihood for the recyclers. This will also ensure that all ...

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Continuing to Tackle the Powai Lake Plastic Pollution Problem

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How the team has tackled the plastic pollution so far... Last Saturday, 16th June, the ninth Powai Lake cleanup was conducted under the “ACT Powai” program. Despite heavy rains lashing the city the previous night, numerous volunteers came in willing for the cleanup drive, early in the morning. The team began theACT Powai cleanup at Powai Udyaan which is a major hangout location on the periphery of the lake and hence, a hub for dumping waste. A major aim of the cleanup drive this time was to collect bottle caps. Earth5R has been inspired by nine-year-old Sammie Vance, ...

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How Does Plastic Pollution Affect Marine Life and How Can We Reduce It?

By: Anna Kurcirkova June 06, 2018 When you gaze out onto the ocean, your mind probably thinks of the glorious marine life, the vast depths, and wonder of coral reefs and dolphins. Something you might not think of though is the huge amounts of plastic pollution floating, sinking, and decomposing in the ocean. It’s a hard concept to grasp. Even though you might not see heaps upon heaps of plastic pollution in the ocean, it’s there, and it’s dramatically altering the lives of the marine animals that call the sea home. If you’re unaware of plastic ...

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Religious Waste Near Powai Lake – Why Does it Matter?

At each Powai Lake cleanup drive, the team discovers new sources of pollution. Last weekend, the team found an abundance of religious waste on the banks of the lake. Not to mention, a great amount of plastic was floating on top of the lake as well. While the various types of trash continue to shock the team, it also raises questions about how this issue can be prevented. It's just religious waste, what is the problem? India is a country of great faith and full of religions. Although, with religions comes ceremonies and offerings in which religious waste is left ...

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