The other day my mom brought home four glass bottles and replaced them with the plastic bottles we had. We argued with her over the durability and inconvenience in carrying glass.
But, ghosh, she was determined!
It was only later that I realized how effective TV, Radio and other means of media communication are in impacting the way we live. Mom had been reading a lot about waste management on the internet and so she brought home glass bottles.
If my mom’s generation could aim at a low waste lifestyle, why not us?
So here’s listing simple fun ways that can make your life low waste:
1. Buy cloth bags or get a few stitched
We need something for storage right? Whether your mom has to buy vegetables every day, or your dad has to carry an extra load of files from the office. Cloth bags are the best. They are more durable than paper bags.
Get them stitched in funky styles, or buy one from the market. Flea markets sell cloth bags at dirt cheap prices.
Jute is a sturdy natural fiber, which is both biodegradable and recyclable. Also, when you buy jute bags, you are supporting the livelihood of hundreds of marginal rural people, who hand craft these bags.
3. Go back to copper, steel and brass in the kitchen
Did you know that stainless steel in 100% recyclable? Even metals such as copper and brass are sustainable and easily recyclable. Replace all your plastic containers with steel versions.
I bet it will remind you of your grandmother’s kitchen. And maybe harbor the same warmth, we all miss so much.
4. Buy local and seasonal fruit and vegetable, it is better for you and the planet
When you see fancy vegetables like the broccoli, lettuce, and varieties of exotic vegetables and fruits in the market, don’t get tempted by their looks alone.
They have to travel hundreds of miles before reaching the market, which costs a fuel in turn. Also, foods served fresh from the farms have more nutrition. Eat healthy, and also help the planet in
5. Time to go electronic, even if it is writing your personal diary
In the age of smart phones, laptops and tablets, who needs paper? Suppose you want to share your contact details with someone, do you still need a business card? Not really, just send a text, or take a photograph of the card.
6. Get e-tickets for everything
You don’t even need print tickets any longer, ask for e-tickets and show them on your mobile phone. Be it train, bus, movie, all of them accept to check e-tickets on phone.
7. Choose cardboard packing
Be it Pizza Hut, Dominoes, or McDonalds they all use environmentally food packaging. You’ll always get pizza delivered in a cardboard box, for example. Even local restaurants and food joints should think on the same lines.
8. Get Old fashioned, start sharing things with your siblings and cousins
If you’re one those 80s kids like me, you’ll have some memory where you were made to wear your elder brother or sister’s clothes. Bring the concept back. That’s how a lot of wastage can be saved.
9. Hey girls, you need to get plastic off your face
The tiny beads many brands of facewash and toothpaste, market as exfoliators, are nothing but microplastics. You can replace them with biodegradable alternatives. Avoid anything that contains polypropylene or polyethylene in the ingredients section.
10. Segregate waste before disposing
Sort out materials such as plastic, glass, paper and keep them separately. You can actually earn money by selling all that is recyclable to local kabadis or even avail recycling pickup online. Yes, it’s not longer a foreign concept. In India too, we have online service for the same. For instance we know of this company called ExtraCarbon, they come over on call, buy old stuff, and take it for recycling. You can also ask for such services, if you are running out on time.