They are brick…. wallahs!


Meet a father-son recycling team in working Hauz Khas village salvaging brick and stone and rock from a building renovation. India is fantastically diligent about reusing anything of value. Well, at least we’re better than the West.

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Child labor? Maybe

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2 Responses to “They are brick…. wallahs!”

  1. Greg Jonsson Says:
    April 2nd, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    It seems to me there are two sides to the coin. I live in a country of plenty where very few people are poor enough that digging through trash to make ends meet makes sense. A country of plenty to the point that we throw plenty away, and no one’s sorting through it.
    India may be better at reducing, reusing and recycling, but that’s largely driven by necessity, not by any particular concern for the environment. What happens as more and more Indians attain the glamorized Western ideal of “making it,” which seems to mean owning lots of stuff, so much stuff that you throw away tons of it, and the petroleum-based packaging it came in, every year?

  2. Adam Jadhav Says:
    April 4th, 2011 at 4:50 am

    I agree. If India follows the Western consumption model — and in particular, the U.S. consumption model — the planet may very well be screwed.

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