Going Full Circle

September 16th, 2008

SVTC in India, at the Gali 2 Neighborhood meeting in Delhi ( September 2008 ) Lauren with Bharati (speaking) at the Gali 2 Neighborhood meeting ( September 2008 ) Participating in the recyclers meeting held in the Gali 2 neighborhood of Delhi was one of the most hope-filled experiences of my career. I started working …

Read More »

Using untested materials to solve E-waste

September 9th, 2008

After experiencing the slums where Delhi’s poorest residents live and sort garbage, it felt like we had traveled 10 light years rather than the roughly 10 kilometers down the road to meet the young, fresh entrepreneurs of TIC Group. It was easy to forget about the heat and harsh conditions outside while I sipped ice …

Read More »

Giving hope, Investing in the People

September 5th, 2008

Yesterday we spent the day touring some of the locations where Chintan is doing on-the-ground work with waste pickers. The images of absolute poverty stay with me even when I close my eyes, but at least someone is really doing something about it. We first went with a man who goes to pick up waste …

Read More »

Delhi takes plastics seriously

September 4th, 2008

Delhi seems to take the issue of plastic bags seriously – so serious that even their street signs encourage people not to use plastic bags. The reason is, plastic bags are bad for the environment because plastic waste takes centuries to decompose. I would love to see the U.S. take this problem more seriously. Also, …

Read More »

Corporations need to be held responsible

September 3rd, 2008

For the past two days we have had a number of meetings with both government and NGOs (non-governmental organizations, i.e. non-profits). Some interesting and some disheartening. I will not give specifics to protect the innocent and the…not so innocent. We had a meeting with the Secretary Department of Environment National Capitol Delhi – who well, …

Read More »

Mechanized E-Waste Recycling is Not the Answer

September 2nd, 2008

Each time we visited a recycler in one of the neglected Delhi neighborhoods Chintan Organizer, Binod, was greeted with warm hugs and news about weddings, births and other family matters before settling down to chat about their recycling business. This trust between the Chintan staff and the informal recyclers living and working in cramped nooks …

Read More »

This is India…

September 1st, 2008

We landed in Bangalore today – considered to be the Silicon Valley of India. There were no huge skyscrapers with names of electronics corporations like in Hong Kong – but this is India. We traveled with two members of the Chintan staff as well as a recycler they have been working with. Our first meeting …

Read More »

They are the Working Poor

August 27th, 2008

This area was full of people working and using their creativity and hurting their bodies in the process to make a living. They are the working poor.

Read More »

Hong Kong to India

August 27th, 2008

Talking to Bharati, you could tell that she really cared about the e-waste dismantlers and wants to make a difference in their lives.

Read More »

Welcome to the Voice of Nature

August 20th, 2008

The Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition (SVTC) team is packing our bags and off to Hong Kong and New Delhi, India, where we’ll be conducting primary research on the impact of e-waste in the regions. Our executive director Sheila, our intern Serena, and myself (lauren) will be chronicling our adventures in this blog and publishing video …

Read More »

x