“You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words . . . People are dying. Entire ecosystems are collapsing. We are in the beginning of a mass extinction, and all you can talk about is money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth. How dare you!” thundered Greta Thunberg at the U.N.’s Climate Action Summit in New York. Passionate, angry and speaking of the frustration that few get the opportunity to articulate, the teenage activist’s address is forcing the big guns to think of climate change. So, ask yourself, what have you done to patch up the irreversible damage caused to the planet? Let us help. Think of the plastic you throw in the garbage.
Intentionally or unintentionally, we are all responsible for the landfills overflowing with plastic. There is always that first step that one can take. And yours begins with tiny lifestyle changes that will help you reduce about 50 per cent of the plastic you use in your daily life. Read on to find out how:
Globally, people buy one million plastic bottles every minute. While you take in the numbers, a scary amount of these bottles is being dumped in the oceans right now. The number of plastic bottles that fill up our bathroom cabinets is part of that scary number. For example, the shampoo you can’t go without! Why throw several plastic bottles of it when there is a wonderful alternative available – shampoo bars. The bars bring down the amount of plastic waste you generate dramatically, making your bath regime pollution-free. What’s more, these shampoo bars are full of ancient ayurvedic goodness to pamper your locks!
Every bit of plastic ever made still exists somewhere. That includes the first plastic brush ever. A toothbrush is important. Unless you want to scare the people sitting next to you every time you open your mouth. But the number of plastic toothbrushes you generate in a lifetime is worse. Let not your legacy be plastic, choking the earth. Switch to bamboo toothbrushes instead and save the planet.
3. Cling wrap
They cling to your food, and ultimately cling on to the landfills and refuse to perish. These stubborn blighters can be extremely useful and at the same time, quite a waste. Beeswax wraps, on the other hand, are a sustainable way to preserve the freshness of your fruits. They are washable and reusable, so a pack you buy once can last you several months, unlike their plastic counterparts.
In 2016 alone, over 480 billion plastic drinking bottles were sold across the globe. With every small water bottle you buy on the go, you add to this ever-multiplying number. And you have the power to stop this. All you have to do is carry a bottle wherever you go. And on those trips, where refilling bottle is necessary, trust Nirnal water filter that you can fix on your bottle and purify water easily. It can filter up to 300 litres of water and makes it potable – saving you thousands of rupees and saving the earth too!
“It’s just one straw, said seven billion people.” As impactful as the statement is, all it takes is a smart click to change it. Switch to metal straws and you can save about 200 straws from ending up in the oceans every year. I agree, taking the straw everywhere might be difficult in the beginning, but every habit comes with practice. There’s no reason why this should be any different. While you are at it, also reject the plastic cutlery that comes with your order-ins and take-aways. If you are dining out, take a set of steel spoon, fork and knife, just in case you are offered plastic.
Plastic combs are widely-used but they are a long-lasting danger to the environment, and also generate static in your hair. With a wooden comb, you will be doing a favour to both, your hair and the earth. Since the teeth of a wooden comb are not as close as that of a plastic comb, they also allow the essential oils in your hair to stay where they belong!
7. Garbage bags and polythene bags:
Plastic has become such an integral part of our lives (unfortunately), that it sneaks its way into our houses. Garbage bags are one such example. Separating wet waste from dry waste is a crucial home improvement step. But you also need to make sure that the garbage bags themselves aren’t adding to your trash. BEco garbage bags are made from cornstarch and thus, are compostable and eco-friendly!
(Edited by Saiqua Sultan)