Living things and E-things

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Life without gadgets is unthinkable, so much so that mobile phones feel like a part of one’s body. One goes in frenzy if the gadget is misplaced, as if some body part was amputated. But this is just a myopic view of living things and their psychological disorders.

The insecurity and desperation to catch up with the technological race has resulted in accumulation of tons of e-waste, 40 million tons(UNEP) to be specific! Majority of illegal e-waste ends up in landfills, incinerators, and in ill-equipped recycling facilities in developing countries. “The waste is dumped in areas where local residents and workers disassemble the units and collect whatever is of value… What is not reusable is simply dumped as waste, creating immense problems and leading to what has been described as a ‘toxic time bomb’.”

If this didn’t scare you enough, “Failure to recycle e-waste is also leading to shortages of rare earth minerals to make future generations of electronic equipment,” Central Pollution Control Board of India.

Yes the desire or greed maybe, of living things for the e-things, is not only eating up precious natural resources but further creating havoc to the existing natural environment.

Be conscious in buying and more importantly in disposing off your E-things. Respect the circle of life.

The White Light Travel Diary Series…

upcycled glass

In one of our previous posts we shared a version of upcyled shipping containers we found in Chennai, India. This post is about a conscious lifestyle change, not in anyone’s home, but in a hip restaurant in New Delhi.

The cutlery holder with upcylced bottle caps got full marks from us! We hope that more restaurants and outlets can adopt such a simple yet very cool change to save this city from being one of the worst in being environment friendly.

The pen is mightier than the sword.

Eco-friendly pen

With electronic gadgets accessible at the palm of your hand, you don’t feel the need to use a pen that often as you did a decade ago. Earlier we used to buy pens in bulk to avoid frequent trips to the stationary store. But now, we buy a pen only when needed and it takes probably months before we buy a new one. This often leads to opting for an expensive pen, a designer branded pen probably, which is used more as an accessory in the shirt pocket, or complimenting a designer bag.

A pen is a pen, and a pen is mightier than a sword. The pen that we make at The White Light, is the mightiest though, because we make them eco-friendly. Such is the power of the pen.

For more details click here.

The Upcycled Wrapping Paper Story continued…

Red wrapping paperOur vibrant upcycled gift wrapping papers come in varied colors and block prints. Who would’ve thought that discarded newspapers can be brought to life once again, and for no other reason than to wrap the gifts that are given from the heart.

Made with passion to enhance the dignity of life for the downtrodden, giving hope to those with no hope. Being that ray of life through The White Light.

Humor in life.

Valentine3bThis beautiful creation of a box, a work of art, is dedicated to all those people who are simply tired of receiving random friend requests from unknown people. They will stalk you and be there, sending you requests again and again that at times you begin to feel that you might just know them from somewhere. The stand still remains, who the hell are you though.

View details of the box at  the Love and Sunshine Box

The love season

As Valentines Day approaches, love seems to be in the air (as if other problems didn’t exist ‘in the air’). We nevertheless took it in our stride and went Valentine1with the flow.

We filled a box full of love, hand-painted with passion. The box is made from recycled cardboard and is handmade to perfection. Talk about making things with love and increasing handprints rather than carbon foot prints. Love, love, love all the way. Love right back to Mother Earth :).

And before we forget, you can buy this super lovable box here –  ‘Simply Love’.

Look what we upcycled. Do you like it?

Starbucks bottle upcycled

A new look to the used cold coffee bottles, and a new job for it.

We like to re-create and we like to re-design. What most people would throw away, we give it another life (well, we do try). Instead of those empty glass bottles reaching the garbage landfill straight away, once we’re done with our delicious cold coffee, we extend their life further by giving it another job to do. Of course mother Earth’s job reduces just a little bit in the process, which we feel good about. Weekend art activity you may call it, or probably our contribution which we do very joyfully indeed! 🙂

World Food Day

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It’s World Food Day today in case someone forgot. These are some of the bizarre facts, shown in the images, that most of us are not aware of, or tend to forget amidst our daily mumbo jumbo. But the global truth stares and glares in front of our eyes while we don’t think twice before leaving those last couple of spoons in our plate. Why? Because we over-ate. But, somewhere else on the planet a child dies of hunger, actually every five seconds one child dies of hunger.

People may say, what can one day of awareness do? Well, it just did something to us. At least we now know how criminal it is to waste even that one spoonful of food or throw away those extra veggies and fruits that we bought because they over rot.

Can we not make one simple lifestyle change for the better? Can we not stop wasting food? Is it that tough?

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