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.

Friday Finds ☆ Lucknowi Crafts ☆ Indian Kurtas & Kurtis ☆ Mumbai

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I needed to get a white kurti for an occasion, but I did not want to spend a lot on it. I thought about going to Neemrana because they have some beautiful kurtis for women with beautiful embroideries. Some of them are reasonable and some others can be expensive depending on the material such as silk. Neemrana is great, but my friend recommended me a place called Lucknowi Crafts and told me that they are quite reasonable. Thus, I decided to try Lucknowi Crafts first. I figured if I don’t find anything I like at Lucknowi, then I could always go to Neemrana.

I did find a lovely kurti in white with a very reasonable price! If I end up wearing it only once, I would not mind it. I don’t have a photo of my new kurti at the moment, but maybe I will add it to this post later.

If you are in the market for an Indian outfit such as a kurta (for men)/kurti (for women) and you are in Bandra, I recommend Lucknowi. I’m sure there are many other places to shop. Mumbai has an endless list of shops, but it always helps to get recommendations from friends, doesn’t it? I listed the address as well as the street photos of the shop to help you find the store. I hope you find this post helpful for you!

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10 – 11, Rizvi House, 34 Hill Road
Hill Road, Mumbai 400050
Next To Bandra Police Station

TEL: +91-22 6161 5106

Below are the photos of the street near Lucknowi to help you find it. Good luck!

The first two photos below are the view of the street when you stand in front of Lucknowi Crafts facing your back to the shop.

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This photo below is the view of Lucknowi Crafts if you stand on the other side of Hill Road.

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Gumtoo Temporary Tattoos ☆ Metallic & Fun Designers Tattoos

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This might be my last post for the year 2014. This year has gone by fast, but it was more productive since we were already settled in Mumbai compared to the previous year 2013, which was the year of transition for us from Jakarta, Indonesia to Mumbai, India.

My first Monday Mode post for this year 2014 was about a stripe shirt and maxi skirt posted on January 5. Monday Mode posts have been one of my favorite topics after posts about interior design. It’s not easy for me to prepare for Monday Mode posts since I take my own photos, selfies. Setting up a tripod in my room or sometimes on our balcony and take photos without any remote control or someone to press buttons means that it takes a long time to get the photo shoot done. Not to mention, it looks quite silly (or ridiculous) running back and forth between the camera and the place to stand. I still do it because I love it. I believe that it’s important to do what you love.

When the opportunity to write about something that I love about like fashion comes in, it makes me feel rewarded for my hard work. I received some tattoos from Gumtoo whose company is based in Singapore. Gumtoo makes designers tattoos which are cool looking. Even the cute tattoo designs are great not only for kids, but also for adults.

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I was just recently eyeing on metallic tattoos about which I posted recently on my blog along with my two helpers for Thanksgiving. (Temporary Tattoos and Thanksgiving are completely unrelated, but somehow the two subjects got incorporated by me.) I was really keen on getting some for myself, so I got super excited to get some metallic temporary tattoos! When I opened package, I instantly fell in love with the metallic tattoos by Gumtoo. They are absolutely gorgeous!

If I may give an unexperienced and “non-professional” fashion forecast for the year 2015, I have a feeling that those metallic temporary tattoos are going to be the ‘it’ item for the summer 2015 (the summer timing in this sense is in the northern hemisphere). Since this past summer in 2014, metallic temporary tattoos are getting so popular that apparently some stores are having a hard time keeping them in stock. (via abc news) Also Daily Mail wrote about Beyoncé being spotted with metallic temporary tattoos in September, 2014.

What’s cool about Gumtoo is that their prices are more reasonable than many other online shops that I found. Gumtoo ships world-wide (see their shipping and delivery information here). If you buy more than US$20 which is not much for metallic temporary tattoos as most of them start from US$10 per sheet, you get free shipping. I think they would make great gifts, too!! You can view Gumtoo’s metallic temporary tattoos here.

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I plan on posting more photos of my metallic temporary tattoos in the future!

If I don’t get to spend time to write more posts on my blog this year, I hope you all will have a happy holiday!!! Be safe on the road and I hope to see you back on this space next year!

Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year!

May your wish come true in 2015!!

Brought to you by Gumtoo.