Plastic: Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Do you often hear your neighbour cribbing about global warming?

It’s quite easy for us to complain about the change in weather, but are we doing our bit to stop it or at least, delay it ?

What is Global warming? It is the gradual increase in average surface temperature of the earth, which in turn is leading to a shift in the climate world-wide, know as Climate Change.

Thousands of activities are leading to these changes but there are so many things that you and I can do in our day-to-day life to slow down this process.

I am going to share a few tips that will help us to reduce our own carbon footprint by Refusing, Reducing and Reusing various products to make this earth a better place to live in. We already know that most plastics are non-biodegradable or take over 500 years to decompose, but if we are finding it too difficult to live without plastics, we can at least try to replace some of these products from our daily routine.

  1. reusable-item
    My reusable products – strong cloth bag, light / compact cloth bag, steel bottle, menstrual cup, cloth pad

    Carry your own steel water bottle and avoid buying bottled water when you are out / travelling. You can be sure you are drinking clean water at a much cheaper cost.

  2. Drink in GLASS, and skip the straw. Do we really need to drink from a straw or disposable glasses ? Carry your own steel tumbler / sipper. Avoid straws at restaurant / bars / street hawkers.
  3. Use reusable utensils at parties ( I will avoid the ones that claim to be bio-degradable, as we are not sure exactly how and when they decompose and why generate more waste?) Try a menu that won’t need any straws / plastic cutlery.
  4. Start composting so you don’t end up using 100s of bin bags.
  5. Save and reuse the glass jars so you don’t need to buy Tupperware. This will save you a lot of money too.
  6. Always keep a reusable cloth bag handy. Even if you are just buying a few fruits or a loaf of bread, tell the seller that you don’t need the plastic bag. Trust me, they will appreciate it and eventually you won’t even need to tell them. They will remember that you don’t take plastic bags. (I have a few, thin ones stay in my hand bag and big strong ones are always there in my car)
  7. Use your own steel utensils when you want a takeaway from that restaurant down the road. Do you know how harmful it is to eat hot food from plastic containers? Think twice before you eat your favourite curry out of the plastic container of your favourite restaurant.
  8. Encourage the use of wooden toys / games made of recycled papers. You can find them at flea markets / Dilli Haat / Dastkar or even online.
  9. For all the ladies and moms, reduce or stop the use of sanitary napkins / tampons / kids diapers / adult diapers. Each pad is equivalent to 4 plastic bags and does not decompose for over 500-800 years. We have menstrual cups, cloth pads, cloth diapers, incontinence briefs.. These are great reusable alternatives, that are not just environment friendly, but also healthier and cheaper.
  10. Always keep a few spoons / folks with you while traveling or in your car.  Have you seen these really cool edible spoons?

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