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A scarf, a thin rectangular towel, a dupatta, a sari, the lungi. Any of these can make the perfect carrier for that just-about-anything you’re worrying about lugging around – Screaming babies, giggly puppies, bricks or books.

What I find most appealing though is the storage factor once you’re done with it – folds neatly away and takes up minimal space.

Unfuss India.

12652304.a00df55b.1024Picture and story via Gopal MS and his fab Mumbai Paused blog. Click here to visit it.

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image-1I like it when brands think like your mother. They give you a good quality ingredient (asafoetida) and put it into a package that fits perfectly well into your kitchen – once you carefully peel the label off, that is. This steel dabba can continue holding hing from other brands way after this is done. Good, confident one, Aachi.

I picked mine up at the Village supermarket on Wheeler Road, Bangalore.

Picture courtesy: My iPhone5. May its tribe continue to grow.

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Cotton bits that wrap the soaps and fold in neatly on the edges without stitches or staples or seals. When you open it out, it’s a neat, scented bit of soft cloth which is perfect for wrapping your favourite pair of earrings in.

Rustic reusability.

Available at select stores.

Online here and there.

What a lovely way to begin Pii posts after my stay at the yogashram. Here is pure ayurvedic goodness the way Maa and Maa Nature intended it to be. Handmade (looking) paper labels on bottles that are meant to be reused. Meaning, fill it with your besan-sandalwood facewash when you go out of town next. Catch them on FB and visit the site here.

 

Located in hot and humid Kochi, this green and really cool corner is a lovely space to grab a bite, meet friends, run through your lists or just sip some perfectly chilled water from these sterilized, reusable glass bottles (with cork stoppers!) that the cafe keeps aside just for us thirsty patrons. The label is replaced with a new one every time. A small, simple way to make a reused article look and feel new. Not for sale, sadly. But we like not owning things, but experiencing them, don’t we?

Via, another lovely Pii friend and curator/ photographer/ stylist, Archana Srinivas.

Arrack comes straight from the coconut tree into a pot and then after the tapper climbs down the tree, it’s carefully poured into old bottles and taken straight to the toddy shops where it goes straight to someone’s head.


Recycle Sundays: Till a tree is strong enough to grow by itself in the big bad ground, give an old carton something to feel good about. Thought up by Vinod Lal Heera Eshwer.

Recycle Sundays: When India sends a parcel via post across the seas or airs, India wraps it in fine used muslins and cottons, stitches up the corners and sometimes even seals it with red wax. The fabric comes from old clothes and bits of tailor-scraps. P.S - When was the last time you sent a parcel of anything to anyone?

Via: Pii friend, Kavita.

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Hidesign’s Art of Reuse project (on FB) gave you a kit that had a few scraps of leather, thread, needle and a roll of goodwill. All this was packed into a simple brown bag with the how-to and why-on-earth all answered on the front and back in bold shades of yellow and green. Design by …

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