Toxicity of Chemicals
Urban environments are filled with chemicals both within and outside our homes. Chemicals used in home products, cosmetics and even in food items affect our health collectively. Chemicals that flow out of our homes into the environment also damage our water bodies and the lives of other species that call the city their home. It IS possible to gradually choose natural products to replace some of these chemicals and live in a more toxic-free environment.
Waste Management – Reuse
The UseMeAgain campaign highlights the fact that the use and throw habit is responsible for most of the products that end up in landfill today. Single use disposable items such as plastic carry bags, plastic cutlery, PET bottles for drinking water are all designed for a one time use. Many of these have very little recycling value and therefore do not find their way back into the recycling chain either. Since many of these are made of non biodegradable materials such as plastic , thermocol and metallised film, they do not degrade for several hundred years.
Waste Management – Upcycling
The Beauty of Recycling campaign highlights the aesthetic and financial potential of recycling and up cycling. Upcycling is a design process by which a waste product is converted into another products of a higher value than the original one. The Cradle to Cradle design methodology analyses the life cycle of the product and when it reaches the end of its life span ensures that it can be easily dismantled to create a whole new products while generating zero waste.
Pune is a city that still has a fair amount of green cover which is albeit fast disappearing. By helping people observe and understand the trees that they live amidst, eCoexist hopes to deepen the connection between the two, hence inspiring people to protect the tree populations of the city.
Healing with Nature
Reviving our connection to Nature helps us heal ourselves and in the process heal our damaged environment as well. The Healing with Nature programme works on two aspects of healing - plant based medicine as well as working with the earth. The Plant based medicine activities help empower people to strengthen their basic health by using simple home plant based remedies. Working with the Earth is a project which takes people out into Nature to work the land at an organic medicinal plant farm.