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Lets Reduce our waste and make Earth a better place to live

April 21, 2017
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Do you think about those endangered species or melting glaciers or local artisans when you buy something?

If yes, you live Green.

Do you prefer conventional over technology?

If yes, you live Simple.

Do you always look out for alternate ways rather than buying?

If yes, you live minimally.

Reduce Reuse and Recycle – 3 Rs to reduce the waste

REDUCE

This is the best way to help the environment by limiting the stuff entering in our House.

  • Buy durable products so that you don’t need to buy them frequently due to wear and tear.
  • Use less paper products- cloth napkins instead of paper napkins, water instead of tissue paper rolls, digital app instead of paper notebook, email notifications instead of postal paper bills, check balance online instead of printing receipts.
  • Avoid buying products in plastic packaging

More moving, more Packaging, more plastic

More shopping, more bags, more plastic

More eating out, more plastic

To reduce the waste, we need to change our shopping habits and spending patterns. Reducing our needs automatically leave less to recycle and reuse.

 

REUSE

This is my favorite part- Reusing things by Upcycling/DIY the things or Things which are of no use for us might be a luxury for some. Let others reuse them.

Stop relying on disposables and use reusable utensils, reusable containers, reusable bottles, rechargeable things rather than battery operated.

Things we do consciously:

Using glass milk bottles for Kids rather than plastic ones.

My Kid love bubble blowing. Rather than buying him a new bottle every time, I have kept 1 bottle and make bubble liquid at home to fill it again.

Brought a potty seat cum chair which can be re-used as a chair once Kid is trained.

Buy the products packed in glass containers which can be reused without any harmful effects.

Tips I would like to apply:

Donating magazines/novels to orphanages or waiting rooms of charitable hospitals.

Collecting empty bottles, rolls or cans and hand over them to Schools for crafting activities.

Taking my own Cloth bag to the store rather than having a plastic bag every time.

 

RECYCLE

It should be the last resort to dump the things.

Rather than putting all the trash in a common Bin, we should recycle them separately.  Checkout this amazing guide to easily recycle materials as per the categories- RECYCLING GUIDE

If  I would weigh my monthly recycled waste, it would be more than 20kgs.

A fun website teaching Reduce Reuse and Recycle for Kids.

We all should be aware of our spending such that we reduce the landfills which are increasing at an alarming rate. Unfortunately, there is no official system for the widespread collection of recyclables, and the tasks of collecting, transporting and disposing of waste are done under very unsanitary conditions.

However, rather than only relying on and blaming authorities, we should do our part by making small changes in our Lifestyle and make this Planet a better place to live.


Do share some tips you know to reduce the waste ending in landfills.

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4 Comments

  • Reply Manisha Garg June 14, 2017 at 5:03 pm

    How do we handly e waste, if you can add some light on that as well. So many new points to follow will surely follow them

  • Reply Geets April 24, 2017 at 8:30 pm

    Your posts always make me reflect on my lifestyle and most of the times, I end up learning something valuable from here! It has become extremely important for us to understand the fact that our resources are not just ours but for everyone to use!

    Loved the post, Upasna!

    Cheers

  • Reply SHALINI BAISIWALA April 22, 2017 at 6:51 pm

    Now this is such a common sense filled post – sadly we all lack this most of the times.
    I have started carrying the cloth bag and try to get the shop keeper to not bag anything into a plastic or paper wrapper for me. I agree with recycle but its still in its nascent stages in India as its very difficult to find peeps taking things. In my locality the garbage collectors and the raddiwala dont take glass bottles anymore – I just wonder why

    Ravanhatha-a unique musical instrument from Rajasthan

    • Reply Upasna April 24, 2017 at 1:39 pm

      Interesting, need to find out. I will ask one of them instead. You are right Shalz it will take long to bring changes in India. But yes we can always change ourselves first to start with.

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