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Krya Sustainable Urban Living Guides

We have just put together first of the Krya Sustainable Urban Living Guides : an E-book on DIY Green Cleaners for the Home. This is the first of a series of free E-books that we will publish on sustainable urban living.
We like urban living. Cities are fun, economically very productive and generally indispensable. However there is a dire need to make them more sustainable. In our many experiments we realized that small changes like switching to green cleaners have very high sustainability leverage. This is why the krya blog focuses on sustainable urban living.
This E-book is called ” DIY Green Cleaners for the Home” and uses plant based active ingredients .Green cleaners are safe for humans and leave no toxic residue in our environment. To boot they are very DIY (Do It Yourself) , instant and economical.
Please download,try,share.
DIY Green Cleaners for the Home
(pdf will open in a new browser window, right click, choose “save as” to save to your computer )

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srinivas krishnaswamy
srinivas krishnaswamy

Srinivas is Krya's Co-Founder. He brings in a unique perspective to Krya with his dual Masters in Physics & Management.

At Krya, Srinivas is motivated by the challenges of crafting the company's DNA - products that delight consumers, manufacturing excellence, a winning team and sustainable profitable growth.

He is deeply committed to defining the first principles of Dharmic Entrepreneurship in order to build a world class organisation rooted in Indian Knowledge Systems.

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  1. Hi Preethi & Srinivas,
    Thanks for the post and the pdf is truly great.
    It would be of great help if we can also put together list of places where we can buy these things. I stay in Gurgaon, have no idea where to get them so that i can make my own detergent.
    It would be excellent if we can speak to distributors of these and ask them for names of business where they supply across all cities and we should put them on the blog so that we can just head there and get the relevant quantity.
    You are doing an excellent job.
    Together we save the environment for the next generation.
    Kind Rgds,

  2. Great e-book folks!
    Any known sources for the orange peel powder, neem powder, lemon peel powder in Chennai/Bengaluru?
    Also any similar sources for bulk baking soda? even a couple of kilos at a time?

  3. HI, I came here through the city farmers group!! Thanks so much for the wonderful information! I have yet to start using it, but will def do it as soon as I get all the materials required… as it is, we have already dispensed with soaps at home, and use herbal powders for bathing. this will be perfect for us! just one suggestion though…. i remember in the mail on the city farmers group, one of the guys had mentioned the shops in bombay where he got these powders and oils from. If you could add those details to the blog, it would be great, as it would help interested people go ahead and buy the things…

  4. Could you provide the colloquial terms for the ingrediants?I mean dabba chetty kadai guy might not know the english words….

    • Hello Stina!
      Soapberry powder can be bought in traditional country drug stores or Nattu Marundu kadais in Chennai. There are 3 in Kutchery Road in Mylapore.
      The Nattu Marundu Kadai I like to buy some of my test ingredients from is run by Mr.Krishnan – 044-2495-0954 . He stocks most of the ingredients I’ve used in the Sustainable Urban Living guide.
      These ingredients are not however grown organically. I have noticed a difference in the efficacy of products made from organically grown herbs (which tend to be more potent and have better cleansing and medicinal properties). However, as a start, the ingredients stocked in the Nattu Marundu kadais I have mentioned will do very well.
      I’m thrilled that you came across the guide and decided to try out your own green cleansers. Do let me know how they work for you.

  5. Hi
    Can you suggest any alternative to shiakkai in the dish cleaning powder as I am allergic to it…thank you! It would be helpful if You could suggest where to buy the organic powders also? 🙂

  6. Hi Preethi & Srinivas, I got my first education on natural/organic home cleaners through your website downloads so a big thank you!
    I have 3 pet dogs and hated using commercial floor cleaners since they love to lick stuff off the floor. I use *Hesh* packaged Aritha (soapberry) powder and Neem powder along with Eucalyptus oil and essential oils to make my floor cleaner. Someday I hope to grow the soapberry and neem in my own organic garden…

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