The mode of development that the worldand Indiahas followed has led to a situation where we are surrounded by numerous hazardous substances in our everyday lives, which affect the health of people, of other living creatures, and of the planet as a whole. Our Toxic World is an effort to shine a keen light on these substances, and suggest alternatives that will allow readers to improve the physical quality of their lives and of their environment.

Our Toxic World takes a series of peeks into the lives of the fictitious Sachdeva family and the people they come in contact with, examines the hazardous substances that affect us in our everyday lives, outlines the effect these materials can have on us, and suggests alternative routes that we can adopt.

Household Waste: Attitudes that Stink
Household waste: Attitudes that stink

Compost it!

Composting is nature's own way of recycling. It is the process of producing nutrient-rich compost from the aerobic decomposition of biodegradable organic matter. The resulting dark, crumbly material makes an excellent slow-release soil fertilizer.

Composting is the easiest and most appropriate way to deal with the majority of India's waste, given its predominantly organic nature. It is an easy way to recycle kitchen and garden waste such as vegetable peelings, plant cuttings and leaves, and it is a critical step in reducing the volume of garbage that is sent to landfills.

India's 35 largest cities alone can provide 5.7 million tonnes of organic ...

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