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Eco friendly is cool

From solar cars, miniature scooters and beer cans to decor vases made from glass bottles with miniature paintings — Delhiites are finding interesting ways to make their contribution to the environment. Celebrate World Environment Day tomorrow with all that’s eco-friendly in the Capital.

delhi Updated: Jun 04, 2012 00:55 IST
Chetna Dua

From solar cars, miniature scooters and beer cans to decor vases made from glass bottles with miniature paintings — Delhiites are finding interesting ways to make their contribution to the environment.

While some opt for a detox diet, others take the Metro instead of driving to work, and help the city earn carbon credits (a permit that allows a country or organisation to produce a certain amount of carbon emission).

The Rajiv Gandhi Renewable Energy Park has set an example by being run entirely on solar energy, while products from Haathi Chaap like diaries, bags and photo-frames make being eco-friendly cool. As we celebrate World Environment Day, be sure to check out how the city is doing its bit to protect the environment.

Delhi Metro
Connecting different parts of Delhi, Gurgaon, Noida and Ghaziabad — the rapid transit system has helped reduce traffic jams and pollution. Started in 2002, the Metro has helped cut down pollution levels in the city by 6.3 lakh tons every year, earning carbon credits worth Rs 47 crore annually from the United Nations.

When: 6am to 11pm
Where: 190 kilometres across Delhi
Travel cost: Rs 8 to Rs 30
Contact: www.delhimetrorail.com/

Rajiv Gandhi Renewable Energy Park
The centre is entirely run on solar energy, since 2009, in Gurgaon. It has become a hub of youngsters for activities like music concerts by the eco-friendly band, Solar Punch, a swap library where you can exchange old books for new ones and a health café. There is also a shop where you can buy solar toys and lanterns for Rs 300 onward.

When: 9am to 6pm (Monday closed)
Where: Sector 29, Gurgaon
Entry: Free
Contact: 9654292378

Bougainvilla Design
Try their range of eco-friendly products such as quirky clocks (Rs 2,200), miniature scooters and tuk tuks (Rs 1,750), which are made from recycled beer and soft drink cans. This gift shop also has other interesting options like flowers arranged in glass bottles and wooden boxes — that can later be recycled and reused at home.

When: Bougainvilla Design
Where: C-18/8, Satkar Complex, opposite IIT main gate, SDA market
Price: Rs 1,500 to Rs 2,500
Contact: 9899111198

Dastkari Haat Samiti
Used cookies boxes are converted into artwork by the craftspeople at Dastkari Haat Samiti. Boxes with beautiful madhubani or miniature paintings by folk artists are available for Rs 400 to Rs 700. You can also find glass bottles used for squash and wine, converted in to beautiful vases with folk paintings on them.

When: 11am to 7pm (Sunday Closed)
Where: 39, Khan Market, Middle Lane
Price: Rs 150 onward
Contact: 9818628857

Mocha Tree Huggers
Mocha Tree Huggers engage in nature walks, plantation drives, green heritage drives, eco-friendly events and exhibitions, through the year to express their urge to protect the environment. The community currently has a week-long celebration, and guests can bring old newspapers or magazines to select Mocha outlets and be treated to a free shake. Whatever is collected during the environment week will be donated to a scrap dealer.

When: June 2 to 5; 10am till midnight
Where: At Mocha outlets in Civil Lines, GK I and at 28 A, Defence Colony Market
Contact: 46588445 (Def Col)

Café Uno
Chef Darren Conole will try to cut down on carbon footprint by sourcing all the ingredients for his Go Glocal menu, which will be available on June 5 — from within 30 kilometres. The menu has a mix of continental and Indian dishes and it includes Baby Spinach with Beetroot Carpaccio, Roasted Walnuts, Orange Segments and Goat Cheese Crumble with Baby Spring Chicken Herb.

When: Noon till 3pm on June 5
Where: Café Uno, Shangri La’s Eros Hotel, 19, Ashoka Road
Price: Rs 1,200 per person, exclusive of taxes
Contact: 41191010

Rang De Basanti Dhaba
Go green on World Environment Day with the Haraa Bharaa Platter available at RDB. The platter will include an assortment of grilled vegetarian kebabs with fresh salad and aam panna for Rs 299. The life-size tractor at the modern-day dhaba is also a major attraction, so you can couple your environment-friendly outing with some fun pictures.

When: June 5; noon till midnight
Price: Rs 299 (additional taxes may apply)
Where: Rang De Basanti Dhaba, first floor, E-18, South Extension Part 2
Contact: 8826420133

Junk 2 Inbox
Indian artists Tridib Dutta, Rajesh Kumar Rajan and Debasish Das together make abstract sculptures out of waste material such as industrial scrap metal, wood, plastic and garment accessories. “Industrialisation has resulted in a lot of waste material all around us. This project is all about using such material constructively,” says Aruna Mathew, director of Gallery Niv.

When: June 15 to July 1
Where: Gallery Niv, 210, Neb Sarai, Near IGNOU
Price: Rs 40,000 onwards
Contact: 9810178802

Wonder Waste
Transforming banal things like old newspapers into alluring pieces of art is textile designer Anuradha Kapoor’s passion. Different motifs such as flowers, paisley, Egyptian figures painted with acrylic colours on newspaper sheets are framed and are available for Rs 1,200 to Rs 2,000. She also sells papier mache lamps and pen stands, and masks and vases made from beer bottles for Rs 300 to Rs 700 at her mother’s café in Gurgaon.

When: 10am to 11pm
Where: Sip ‘N’ Bite, S-1, Qutab Plaza, DLF Phase I
Price: Rs 1,200 to Rs 2,000
for newspaper paintings
Contact: 9811290409

Haathi Chaap
The company is known for using elephant waste to make paper and bright journals, diaries, bags, handy pocket photo books, corner-cut albums and greeting cards. For the more adventurous, there are magnetic clocks, calendars and even a quirky gulel (slingshot). Visit their website or city stores such as Tatsat in Hauz Khas, and Design Studio in Nehru Place to buy Haathi Chaap stuff.

Where: www.elephantpoopaper.com
Price: Rs 20 to Rs 500
Contact: 41624486