Garbage To Garden: 81-year Old Women Has Been Converting Waste Into Compost For Nearly Four Decades

Garbage To Garden: 81-year Old Women Has Been Converting Waste Into Compost For Nearly Four Decades
How For This 81 Year Old Garbage To Compost Is A Mission

40 years back, in 1978 when Sudha Pai moved to Pune's Model Colony she was disturbed by the piles of garbage lying onto the streets in her colony. It was then that she decided to do something about it at an individual level. To manage the waste generation, she first followed waste segregation by sorting out dry and wet waste. The next step was composting. She used the wet garbage in creating compost for her garden. 'I was startled by the way the garbage was heaped on the streets. There was little to no waste management and all of it just sat there accumulating. It made me feel a little helpless,' recounts Ms Pai.
Garbage To Garden: 81-year Old Women Has Been Converting Waste Into Compost For Nearly Four Decades
‘My Garbage, My Responsibility' Mantra

To spread awareness on the need to segregate waste, she gave composting lessons in her neighbourhood. She motivated people to follow the ‘My Garbage, My Responsibility' mantra. 'I wanted to show people that they did not have to litter or throw away everything. There were alternatives,' she says. She even started to extensively write on the subject of composting for several publications.
Garbage To Garden: 81-year Old Women Has Been Converting Waste Into Compost For Nearly Four Decades
The ‘Zero-Waste' Journey

Ms Pai's has championed the art of ‘zero-waste'. She simply collects wastes like dry leaves, wet waste from her kitchen and the waste generated by vegetable vendors to grow beautiful lush green plants in her garden. By reusing the waste she has covered every possible area of her house - from balconies to terrace.
Garbage To Garden: 81-year Old Women Has Been Converting Waste Into Compost For Nearly Four Decades
Parties For Children: A Way To Teach Composting

To instill learnings of waste management at an early age, she has been teaching children from municipal schools the importance of segregating and how to compost their wet waste.
Garbage To Garden: 81-year Old Women Has Been Converting Waste Into Compost For Nearly Four Decades
Spreading The Message Of Waste Management

Even today she practices composting for 2 hours daily. She invites adults and children to her house and teaches them various composting techniques. Through talks, demonstrations and even over teas at her home, Sudha Pai has been working tirelessly and influenced people around her to compost their waste.
Garbage To Garden: 81-year Old Women Has Been Converting Waste Into Compost For Nearly Four Decades
Composting: Going Ahead

"Composting and gardening are my expressions of spirituality," says Ms Pai, who has started her own blog and runs a Facebook page called ‘Garbage to Gardens' on which she regularly posts tips and tricks to get composting. 'Many people ask me whether I would like to give it all up and just rest and relax like a normal retired person. I tell them that this is my way of giving back and is something I thoroughly enjoy doing and I only hope that I would be able to touch more people's lives,' she says.

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