Nature replenishes itself, that’s what we learned in our school. However, the lifestyle patterns we follow, the increased consumption of natural resources & ever-increasing pollution; we are doing more damage than help our Mother Earth. If we continue at this speed then I feel our future generations will not enjoy the resources we enjoyed.
A lot of people have realised this and are taking healthy steps towards environmental conservation. However, the percentage of these individuals is very less in comparison to the universe. For the past few years, everyone has multiple resolutions; mine is to improve myself and preserve the environment.
In the lockdown phase, many saw the positive results of lesser pollution. Guess everyone remembers the videos of dolphins spotted in Mumbai! If we all start taking some baby steps, I am sure we would be able to bring in bigger changes which are better for all of us. Personally, I am taking smaller steps and making it a part of my lifestyle and then I keep adding more slowly.
I am sharing 5 simple lifestyle changes which easier to incorporate in your life and can be started right away –
Avoiding plastic kitchenware:
- Whether it’s disposable or non-disposable kitchenware / serve-ware the usage of plastic has been inherent in the past few years. These products have a very limited shelf life and clog our environment. Although plastic can be recycled, the amount of usage is so high that disposal is an issue.
- We have sustainable options which our grandparents used like stainless steel, glass, and ceramic utensils which are long-lasting and environmental-friendly, much better options than plastic surely.
- Plastic could be a choice for various reasons like –
|keeps contents vacuum-packed||you have glass containers and several new metal jars which do the job much better and last a lifetime.|
If we see plastic lunch boxes, for example, the taste of the food is impacted unlike metal or glass boxes where the food taste remains the same and fresh.
|for the shapes and designs which appeal to oneself||explore and you will find sustainable options with an ever-increasing variety and appealing designs.|
|affordable||if you compare the utility and durability of the sustainable options you would find plastic products expensive.|
|availability||yes, plastic products are available very easily. Sustainable options are also available easily we just need to take a few steps.|
A lot of us are working for using sustainable options, the restaurants and take away places have been working in this direction too. We still have a long road ahead.
For disposal serveware, usage check areca palm products or products made with bagasse which are environmentally safe.
Use Biodegradable Garbage Bags:
Garbage bags are something we are using daily. With the dry and wet segregation, our consumption has only increased. The black plastic garbage bags sold at the signals or various stores again are not completely biodegradable. A lot of brands are available like Big Basket, Mobitrash etc which are 100% biodegradable garbage bags available in different sizes – small, medium and large which should be preferred. These garbage bags are a bit expensive in comparison to the plastic ones but if you see the benefits, they overshadow the price aspect.
Carry Bags / Shopping Bags:
A lot of us have started using the cloth/canvas or jute carry bags for shopping. At most of the departmental stores also these bags are available. However, when we do our vegetable shopping, we often forget carrying cloth bags or we still ask the vendors to add the vegetables and fruits in plastic bags which we then add in our bags. If we follow this practise we aren’t doing any good as the consumption of plastic bags is still high. Government has bans and regulations in place but somewhere we people aren’t adhering to it. Trust me in long run its for our benefit.
Using organic or natural ingredients-based products:
We can’t avoid chemicals completely there are many who are following a organic route nevertheless I am talking about an average individual. We can, however, make a shift towards organic/natural skin-care products and we would surely gain in many ways.
We all use disposable bottles but the over consumption of these cause a disposable problem because these are made of plastic. We have started carrying our own bottles whenever we step out. Sometimes, it’s maybe unavoidable but I am sure we can reduce.
These are a few simple steps which would help us in the long run. Many of us would be following these or some may be irregular nonetheless if we start moving in this direction, we would start incorporating a healthier lifestyle for us and the environment.
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