The Journal

Saumya Goel

6 Thoughts To Contemplate When You See Litter

1. “Oh wow, that’s a piece of garbage on the ground.” Let’s start by acknowledging the garbage that sprinkle our streets before they start blending into the background. That shiny chocolate foil did not come with the sidewalk as a bonus feature. It is not supposed to be there. 2. “How did it get there?” Science has confirmed wrappers and papers can’t walk. We know humans are the main vehicles by which they are transported. And there needs to be communication between the human brain and hand whereby the brain instructs the hand to literally drop a piece of garbage...

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Saumya Goel

Rethinking Our Consumer Culture

We often complain about big corporations creating large amounts of unchecked waste. Who wouldn’t after seeing images of foaming lakes or opening an online order to find one lipstick wrapped in six feet of bubble wrap? When I started Grinding Stone, I unexpectedly came across a different perspective. As a business owner, I started learning about the mentalities that push businesses over the eco-friendly edge.  We have created a consumer culture in which customer satisfaction and profit trump values. The exchange of money for goods has become so transactional that we have lost any awareness of the humans behind this...

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10 Tips to Enjoy Your Local Park or Zoo

10 Tips to Enjoy Your Local Park or Zoo

As you make your way to your destination, a cloud of air that can be best described as “fresh” marks the first sign of relaxation. The smell is unique and complex. Depending on your location, the smell can carry whiffs of the local trees and soil or freshly cut grass and flowers. It overpowers you immediately and there is no denying its powerful effect on the chaos in your mind. The next sign is the scenery. Rolling hills, clusters of trees - just the color green everywhere. Then come the sounds of wildlife, birds, silence. All of these elements drift...

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Why You Should Reuse Water

Why You Should Reuse Water

Little moments improve the quality of our day. Taking the first sip of fresh coffee to cure the morning caffeine withdrawal, feeling the splash of a perfectly warm shower, taking the first sip of fresh coffee to cure the evening caffeine withdrawal. What we’ve learned is the little actions we take throughout the day, the ones that mean something to us because we took the effort and time to carry them out - those actions fulfill us and relax us and feed our sense of identity. One of the little ways we can improve the quality of our day is...

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