14-Jul-2021 , Updated on 7/14/2021 6:23:12 AM
Swaps for Sustainability
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We’ve all grown up studying about how important it is for us to take care of our Environment, protect its Flora and Fauna. How to adopt sustainable ways to take care of Mama Earth. One of the crucial things that this Pandemic has taught us is what Nature is capable of, be it the awful Kadha we got to drink, with benefits that no western medicine could hand in, or the Oxygen that we shared no gratitude for before it went missing during the second wave of the Pandemic. It’s time we realize that we’ve got to respect the Earth and save it for future generations to come in. I know it can get a little exhausting to change our very foundation of lifestyle and adopt a new one, but we’ve really got to understand what it stands for. Over the years I have met people who really put in the effort to bring about this awareness and change amongst people and have adopted a couple of sustainable habits that are easily attainable and have a huge impact on the environment directly. I’m sure we’re all familiar with the three golden ‘R’s, i.e. Reuse, Reduce and Recycle but what is it that we can reduce, reuse, and recycle?
One of the things that we can Reuse is Old Clothes. Now I know that this is something that most of our moms have been practicing since our childhood, as we’ve all seen our favorite T-shirts turn into her favorite Rugs. But more importantly, it is the fact that it is being reused.
One of the other things that can be made out of Old Clothes is Cloth bags. They are a very efficient way of reducing the use of plastic and can be reused after a quick wash, just remember to keep a cloth bag handy the next time you go out shopping.
The next thing on our reusable list is Mason/Glass Jars, these may be from Jam bottles or Pickles. They can be very versatile and can be used for storage purposes or DIY-ing decorations.
The use of Plastic should be the first of the many things that should be reduced or avoided in totality. There is no industry that does not use plastic on a day-to-day basis, considering how affordable and malleable it is in nature. What if there was an alternative?
Using a Plastic Bag is totally avoidable and can be replaced with a cloth bag or a paper bag as mentioned above.
Plastic Tapes can be replaced with Paper Tapes that are equally strong and versatile.
Plastic Straws again are easily replaceable with paper straws or better Steel/Copper straws, this way we can cut back on the wastage of paper as well.
Another way to reduce the use of Plastic in Packaging is to buy products in Bulk. This way you can buy a larger bottle of shampoo instead of three small bottles and cut back the use of plastic used in the packaging of the product
Another thing that can be Reduced is the use of products that come in plastic bottles, this way the companies using Plastic for their products will stop and adopt alternatives.
Switching to Shampoo bars or bathing bar soaps is an excellent way of avoiding Plastic bottles. Few of the sustainable companies have even adopted the use of paper for packing these bathing bar soaps, which is an excellent accomplishment. Shopping Local is another way to reduce plastic, it also supports the local community and helps them grow organically.
Some green vegetables like coriander, spinach, chilies, etc. can be grown in your own balconies and terraces as well. Shopping from Fast Fashion brands can be avoided as they are responsible for a lot of waste that ends up in landfills.
Thrifting is a new and efficient concept that has been thriving in social media, it is basically reselling clothes that are good as new and are cheaper at cost. There are hundreds of thrift brands online that provide a platform where you can sell your clothes or buy new ones.
One can always Donate to the underprivileged community and have a wonderful experience while at it. And most importantly, we must learn to use what we already have, and this is a lesson in itself. These were the few things that I have adopted personally and come across, and I hope that this will motivate some of you to take that step and be there for Mother Nature.