Updated: Oct 6, 2019
After the recent IPCC reports about climate change, the world needs to adapt to a sustainable way of living without which the future we are saving for might not exist. Studies indicate Animal Agriculture and Industrialisation among the major causes of the climate change that has been gradually affecting us over years and is now evidently causing a bigger crisis. Don't you think we need to pay close attention to the food we put on to our plate in that case?
While our planet is now facing dire consequences of our careless deeds, one morning we woke up to the shocking news of the Amazon Forest Fire. It's extremely unfortunate but the biggest lungs of our globe - the Amazon rainforest is paying price for the demand of animal products. The scale of the apocalypse is so massive - the size of a football field got burnt to ashes per minute! All this massacre to facilitate cattle farming.
While you're fading from sharing your thoughts on facebook regarding the Amazon rainforest fire, we thought these practical ways on the list below would help you cut down waste from your lives and be an ally to mother earth. The following ways have worked for us and are implementable for everyone. If you are among "I don't give a f**k" then I'm sorry carry on with your life.
1. The First thing on the list is directly related to the cause of the problem we're fighting, Stop consuming animal products like meat, dairy to eliminate the root of the crisis. This is a winner, it not only helps our planet but your body would thank you for it sooner too. Add more of locally grown whole foods, vegetables, fruits to your diet. Say no to packaged/processed foods as well.
(Try this rather than criticising first) If you're looking for where to get your nutrients from - stay tuned for the next blog and I promise I am giving out all of my intel on the same.
2. Get a bicycle and no matter what always make sure you prioritise this way of travel over car. Walk to short distances or how much ever is possible for you. Public transportation is an efficient option too. While the previous ways of commuting are better, if they don't seem to be accessible, organise a car-pool if you know of more people traveling with you to the same destination often or on occasions. Looking at what you're gaining from this - We are all saving our natural resources, decreasing our carbon footprint, polishing our time management and planning skills!
3. Manage your own waste! It is criminal to mix up wet and dry waste people. Every time your bin is going to have mixed waste it's going surely end up in a land-field in an existing mountain of waste that's being dumped one over the other for years! Wet waste amongst both is GOLD, compost it, use it in your garden, make your own vinegars, cleaners. Look up for ways online there's plenty ways to utilise your 'gold'.
4. Learn to grow veggies in your balcony for self sustainability - grow as much or little you can. There are plenty which are easier to grow. If this isn't possible, shop local. This way small farmers are sure to be encouraged. Make sure you're carrying your own bag to be happily saying NO TO SINGLE USE PLASTIC BAGS.
5. Newspapers make good garbage bags. Hit up the internet for this too. Since your wet waste goes into composting, what remains is the dry waste. The first thing we have been practising is to get as little single-use-plastics into the house as possible. But the little that yet does not have a plastic-free packaging option is either repurposed in storing things in the house or is collected for giving away at the interval of few weeks. Some people might as well prefer to personally drop their dry waste to the collecting centres. Of course by properly cleaning each bottle, wrapper or packets.
6. Use cloth bags for all kind of shopping. Stop demanding plastic bags from vegetable vendors, grocery stores or even malls. We as consumers create a direct impact on the availability of goods in the market, hence our demand is what drives the supply of everything. On a happy note, India is set to impose a nationwide ban on plastic bags, cups and straws on October 2, officials said, in its most sweeping measure yet to stamp out single-use plastics from cities and villages that rank among the world's most polluted. By the way, did you know the fibre bags sold at Big Bazaar too contain plastic - I know plastic's dumped into our lives so sneakily. Carrying one cloth bag folded into your handbag would hardly take any space and you would be thankful as there's always one thing or another that needs to be shopped on the way back home.
7. Avoid food delivery services like swiggy and zomato or any food that comes at your door step in a plastic packaging. This doesn't mean you don't bring takeaways but, that you could always go pick your order in your own box.
8. Shop from a Kirana store to avoid groceries packed in plastic. We have been stocking everything possible in our own containers - pulses, snacks, spices. But somethings are to be compromised with like oil bottles, for which it's a better option to purchase a bigger bottle than refill pouches or smaller bottles.
9. Specifically mention about your preference of not having a straw with your drink while placing an order where ever you go. Come on, Paper straws are a big human error guys - totally impractical, believe me, you don't want to be eating the straw towards the end of the drink if you're a slow sipper trying to take it one sip at a time like me. I feel the only time i might need a straw would be will sucking out smoothies. That too isn't a necessity.
10. Carry your own water bottle to avoid single use plastic bottles. It's no crime to ask a restaurant to refill your bottle. When out, most public spaces have a water refill station somewhere or the other. The good news also is, I stopped purchasing bottles at cinema halls too since I conveniently carry mine to avoid any odd situations.
These are the most basic things that are so easy to be followed. If you'd do the math you will figure out the larger difference it makes, all it takes is the will to make one!
Since you've reached to the end of it, I'd like to share what made me switch to a sustainable ZERO-WASTE PERIOD to make a bigger difference.