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Composting – Even Jerks Can Save the World

Composting! Yes, I’m talking about that messy thing in which we – the world’s most respected sophisticates – are asked to indulge in gooey things like kitchen waste. The world can’t get more infra-dig, can it? Agreed, composting is not for everyone. If you are a couch potato who thinks messing around with soil and stuff of that sort […]

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Cow Urine as Organic Pesticide – a Case Close to Home

My trip yesterday to my village Mathuramangalam, a really small hamlet some 50 Kms outside of Chennai, was to attend a family function. As with many Indian villages, mine is also centered around a temple – in this case, a 1000-year old Vaishnavite temple. The village is the birthplace of Embar, a cousin of the revered Saint Ramanuja […]

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Does Organic, Eco-friendly Apparel for Babies and Infants Present Stronger Business Case?

While I mostly research and write on renewable energy, the overall domain of cleantech is equally interesting to me, and some of my reading and explorations are into sustainable products and materials. In this context, I have been looking at the eco-friendly and sustainable products domain for quite a while. What I discovered was that […]

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Organic Home Textiles – an emerging trend in textiles

While I mainly operate in the renewable energy space, other related domains within sustainability is of significant interest to me. One of the areas that I have been following is the use of organic produce in a wide range of areas. We all are aware of the use of organic raw materials for food, and […]

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Surya Raitha Scheme of Karnataka – Solar Water Pumps Made Economically Feasible?

A recent article in the Hindu Business Line dwelt on how, in spite of its advantages, solar water pumps have hardly taken off in India. The article quoted a figure of about a measly 25,000 solar water pumps installed all over the country when there are some 20 million grid powered and an additional 8 million […]

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Posted in: Agriculture and Forestry, Diesel, Rural Sector, Solar Photovoltaic

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Coke’s PlantBottle – Coca Cola invests further in scaling Virent’s paraxylene production

It always gives a huge amount of confidence when a global corporate major invests significantly in clean technology. Thus it was a sense of satisfaction I got when I read about Coca Cola’s scaling up of its involvement in sustainable materials through its investments in bioplastic bottles. In 2014, Coca Cola extended its partnership with a Wisconsin based […]

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