Friday, May 2, 2014

Upcycling Garlic Breadstick Box

I love pizzas and garlic bread and the dip which comes along with it. My current favorite is roasted pepper dip . I ( correction "we" before Preethy kicks me!) have a weakness as stated above but with any home delivery of food, comes the container/boxes they comes in, and hence, disposing it is an issue. The good thing about Dominos, is their packaging is only cardboard, with none of the shiny stuff. We were discussing various ways of disposing it off. Well, the obvious way would be for it to go part of our recycle pool, but we thought of Upcycling it. We have played around with upcycling, by converting paper into pillow fillings, and using TetraPak for lining our kitchen drawers.  So we decided to reuse our beloved Garlic Bread boxes by converting it into something useful with in the home. 
So we decided to wear art and craft hats and turn it into something useful and fun.( btw I used to really suck at it and even had tough time  covering my notebooks with brown paper!). 
Here is what you need  
1. As many garlic breadstick boxes are you have (We used 5 of them )
2. Adhesive, like Fevicol
3. News paper, 
4. Scissors  and 
5. An old place mat or anything for that matter (we used an old bamboo placemat)
6. and little bit of imagination. 

Garlic Bread boxes, all cleaned from the inside out. (No, Domino's isn't a must but we love these)
Apply Fevicol , mainly on edges so that 3 of them stick together 
To make it stable, stick boxes on the top and bottom of the boxes

Cover it with layers of newspaper as you would  gift wrap a box 

Stick the mat on top, to ensure it covers atleast 3 regions of the Ottoman

TaDaa! Ottoman can also double as a stand for mugs, as the mat is easily cleanable. 
and it fits snugly under our sofa ! (With our paper-filled pillows on top of it)
Hence instead of giving it off to recycler , the boxes are reused , Up-cycled to be precise to a ottoman/footrest/mug holder/pedestal to keep plates and eat while sitting on ground( We like to eat sitting on our cool terracota floors nowadays, given the rising temperatures in bangalore).

What do you think of it? Have you upcycled your pizza boxes? Please let us know! And if you're feeling very generous, we always appreciate free pizzas and garlic breads ;).

Speaking of pizza boxes, we have an interesting update on that. Coming up!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Electrifying Transport

I don’t know whether this finds entry in "embracing sustainability” but I will let you be the judge of it. This is part of experience in Jan this year in Delhi, when we visited my parents in Delhi. Jan is of the most pleasant months In Delhi if  you have weathered the Delhi 450 summers . Let’s say it’s one of the months when you can think of exploring the city without heat stroke during the day ( ya  I am exaggerating a bit !) , Since both( Preethy and me )  of us had not seen the central parts of Delhi , thought would be a good time to see it ,however with a bit of difference , It was not on foot but on a two-wheeled, self-balancing, battery-powered electric vehicle AKA Segway .
Coming back to the start, so we booked online for segway tour for about 45 mins on a weekend evening and we reached the designated place, which is quite a location considering one end of road is Rashtrapati bhawan and other end is India Gate. At the appointed time , we started wandering around trying to figure where the tour guys would meet up with us at same time trying to look for similar touristy type ( Indians , foreigners et al) ,unfortunately there was no one close to us , everyone else was near Aloo chat guy( nice and spicy!)  or heading to Rashtrapati Bhawan for a tea with President.
Beautiful view while we waited
After a few calls, we see a guy on phone zoom towards through parking in Segway for a moment it did seem surreal for me.  We walked to the parking and saw a couple of guys unloading Segway from a Maruti Van and here I was thinking a space craft will come down and beam them down to earth! (Alas it’s not a Sci-Fi Fiction)
After arm bands and helmets and instructions to operate were given,  which is as basic as it gets , lean forward it moves ahead , turn the handle like joystick left it turns left, pull stick back it brakes ,we went around a few spins in parking lot, we were expecting some more wandering tourists to join us ..But as luck would have it we were the only ones in tour.
Off we went circling the great houses of power, parliament house and up towards the north block and south block ....we drew many heads towards us, the tour guys led us clearing the way. Since road leading to India gate is pedestrianised after 6 pm, we were somewhere between and full fledged 2-wheeler and pedestrian, the police guys allowed for the sheer novelty of transport.
Wheeee! The well designed reflector wheels
Super comfortable!

It was I think around 100C and we would be zipping on wide broad roads of central Delhi, and I was saying Wheeeee! As we went around, though the temp really froze our hands (Pl brings gloves if you wanna do this in winters) and really gave you gr8 high. I was expecting the tour guys to give a sense of history of the buildings...but that wasn’t to be.
The best part was the looks of surprise fellow Mango people gave us and Delhi being Delhi I did hear "oye tu bhi chad ja ?"( why don’t u also get up on this ? and kitne ka hai ( how much is it ?), and the best was when we were getting clicked by tour guys ,  in corner of my eye I could see flashes from other camera phones ,did make you feel like a Mini celebrity ( Cheap thrills !)
Mini celebrities near India Gate!

All in all , it is an excellent way to commute in large campuses with good roads , and can take reduce the noise / tail pipe emissions from the vehicles and at same time give you thrill of zooming through a leafy campus / historical boulevard with minimal effort.

Have you tried one? How was your experience? Let us know!

( P.S: This is entry is not sponsored by Segway or any other associates of them , however we don’t mind donations J )

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Slowly waking from hibernation

I guess the lazy side of us finally caught up with us. Hence, the blog has been hibernating for a while. But fret not, we'll  be back, with some new updates, very soon.
Thank you for checking in on us once in a while.
Meanwhile, hope you've tried some new sustainable ways of living yourself. Let us know!
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