DIRT STORE ☆ Recycling & Waste Management in Mumbai

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I visited DIRT, a store in Bandra West, Mumbai. The DIRT Store, as the name suggests, is a store that sells products for gardening while it promotes greenery in Mumbai. The DIRT Store is in a cute building surrounded by lots of plants and flowers that catch your eyes in the area of Reclamation in Bandra West, Mumbai. My two good expat friends have mentioned the store, DIRT, to me in the past and one of them, my dear avid reader (thank you♡), has sent me an email message highly recommending me to go check out DIRT for a blog post. A few months later, I finally made my way out to the DIRT store with my camera in hand to explore a little oasis in Mumbai.

All I can say is what an inspiring and lovely place! I had a chance to meet Natasha, one of the two founders of the organization “Dirt”, despite my impromptu visit without making an appointment (I was lucky!) who showed me around the store and the garden while explaining Dirt’s mission and contribution to the society. It is wonderful to know that The Dirt Store is making grass roots efforts to provide the knowledge to the public and educate the locals about the importance of reduce, reuse and recycle to give back to the environment we live in.

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This plastic bottles in the photo below is a chair that you can actually sit on.

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I was told that this Christmas tree like cover in the photos below looks prettier at night when the lights are lit. It would make a lovely Christmas tree for the Christmas season, wouldn’t it?

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DIRT also sells these compost drums shown in the photo above. The instruction of how to use the tumbler would be taught by the DIRT staff so that the users would know what to do to make soil from the biodegradable waste. If you put 100 kg of biodegradable waste in the drum, it creates 10 kg of soil. Most of the original waste is air and water. Natasha asked if I smelled anything. The interest thing is that there was no odor coming out of the compost bins. If you treat food waste properly, even the smell is gone!

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These pots connected with tubes and a blue tank were designed by Natasha. This system is made in a way such that when the soil needs water, the water comes out of the tank and fills the bottom space of the pots and when the spaces for the water is filled, the water stops. It’s a self-sustaining watering system. This allows the potted plants to survive without human help. How brilliant is this?

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These are upcycled lamp shades. Can you tell what was used to create them?

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When you ask expats about the impression they have of Mumbai, a lot of them would mention the trash seen on the streets. While it is sad to see people who do not care, there exists local people who care about the city’s environment. The transformation won’t happen over night. Probably not even in months. It might take years, but the important thing to remember is that collection of small actions to clean the city and improve environment taken by individuals will eventually improve the environment over time.

Here are great articles available about DIRT.

The Dirt store on DNA

Let’s Recycle :Natasha D’Costa, a plastic bottle mountain, and lots of DIRT on thealternative.in

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Side Notes

This is actually my second time to feature a store whose name is pronounced “dirt” on my blog. What they have in common is that they both sell products that are made of recycled materials. The first one was when I was in Jakarta, Indonesia. I featured a store called “DYRT” Design which stands for “Do You Recycle Too?” DYRT Design has beautiful fashion products made of recycling materials such as billboard vinyls, various packaging, and so forth. If you are curious about DYRT Design, please click HERE.

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Ccaza Ccomodore Alibag ☆ Relaxing Vacation Destination Nearby Mubai

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If you live in Mumbai and would like to take a break from a big city and go away on a long weekend without a hassle of flying, one place that would come up in my mind is Pune. Now the other destination that I would recommend is Alibag which is about a 3-hour drive from Mumbai. Some of my friends have gone to Alibag and they all seem to have stayed at Ccaza Ccomodore. They always spoke highly of Ccaza Ccomodore bungalow, but I never thought to go there with my family. After staying at Ccasa Ccomodore in Alibag for my yoga teacher training retreat, my experience was much like “a picture is worth thousand words”. Now I would love to bring my family to Alibag.

Ccaza Ccomodore is known among expats. It has 3 bedrooms and one additional guest room in a small building. When you book, you would have to book the whole house. During the yoga teacher training retreat, there were 13 of us adults staying at Ccaza Ccomodore and I felt that it accommodated us comfortably. All three meals are included in the price which was great. Ccaza Ccomodore is known for its delicious food. I can attest to that.

Once you get there, you wouldn’t feel the need to leave the bungalow. If you go to Ccaza Ccomodore with your children, I recommend you go there with another family or two. That way you can split the cost, but also your kids will have more fun. Your children would entertain each other if they have friends. There are a trampoline, a tire swing, ping-pong table, hammock and so forth. Bringing a board game or two will come in handy. Books and magazines will make a good company as well.

If you have a baby or toddler who walk or crawl, you would have to keep an eye on your child in certain areas because of the design around staircases. You can also bring your dog to Ccaza Ccomodore. During our stay, there were a few neighborhood dogs who came to hang out with us in the morning. They were friendly, but played quite roughly. A friend of mine who stayed at Ccaza Ccomodore in the past said it never happened to her when she and her family went there. It might not happen to you, but I thought I’d tell you in case anyone would like to know about it.

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688 Village Dhokawade No 2
Mhatre Phata, Alibaug 11022, India

TEL: +91 982 013 2158
EMAIL: ccazaccomodore@gmail.com


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Qin Wei Guan ☆ Shaanxi Cuisine Restaurant In Taipei

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Qin Wei Guan is one of our friend’s favorite restaurants in Taipei. We purposely did not eat much for lunch to prepare for our dinner at Qin Wei Guan since they warned us that we would eat so much. Qin Wei Guan serves dishes from the Shaanxi Province of China. Shaanxi cuisine is influenced by the numerous Muslims living in the area called Shaanxi Province (陝西). To accommodate local palettes in Taiwan, the owner Lin Hui-lin (林惠玲) has added fish, pork, and tofu to the menu. (via Taipei Times)

To learn more about Chin Wei Guan, I recommend reading two articles. One is this blog post by iEATTAIWAN. The other is a restaurant review of Qin Wei Guan on Taipei Times. There were surprisingly more vegetarian dishes that I thought. I especially loved the dish made with tofu skin. I could have it everyday! Other fried vegetable and noodle dishes were excellent as well. Everything was delicious and I walked out of the restaurant feeling I didn’t need to eat for a week. The restaurant was packed and did not see any open table even though it was on a week day night. You would probably not be able to get a table without a reservation.

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We went to Qin Wei Guan especially for the lamb dish which our friends raved about. You could see the photos of the dish below.

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Growing up in Japan, I hardly ate lamb meat as a child. To me lamb can taste gamy depending on how it is prepared. This lamb was something else, though. The lamb dish came with a side of salt, pepper and some spices. We dipped lamb meat in this spiced salt which I loved. Why does salt taste so good…? Anyways, the flavor of the lamb spreads in your mouth and melts. When we saw the lamb and all other dishes that came to our table, we all said there was no way we could finish it. Well, we did. Here are some other dishes that we ordered. These are not all of them. I was too busy eating than taking photos. I also did not want to forget taking photos of the kids.

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I miss all the delicious food we had in Taiwan!! I think of Taipei as a gourmet city probably thanks to our friends who introduced us to their best and favorite places. Looking at the photos I had taken during our trip in Taiwan make me so nostalgic!!

Qin Wei Guan 秦味館
No.2, Lane 138, YanJi st, Taipei

TEL: +886 2 8771 3288
Hours: 11:30 – 14:30 17:30 – 22:00


Other posts on Taiwan can be found HERE.

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