-Shruthi & Ivan
Are you a responsible consumer? Do you think about the waste you throw away? How would you feel when the waste generated by you ends up in oceans entangling the turtles and dolphins?
The concept of Zero Waste is a minimalistic practice whereby you reduce, reuse, recycle and then rethink about our actions before you let it out into our environment. To be responsible for one's own waste generated and consumed is one aspect of reducing waste. If you are wondering where to begin your role, let's begin within your house by adopting a zero-waste lifestyle.
We hardly notice that in our everyday handling we come across plastics. May it be the packet of milk or our favourite biscuit packet. Our favourite of favourite chocolates wrapped beautifully inside colourful plastics which silently sleeps in the soil for thousands of years.
To carefully reduce the amount of waste we generate we must be aware of the products that involve plastic when we consume, for that one has to know shopping leaves footprints of plastics. So let us understand the stairway to“Zero Waste Shopping”.
1. Using Reusable Bags:
If you are given a choice to choose paper or plastic bags in a shopping counter? What would you choose?
PS: Whatever you choose just letting you know that you have an alternate option. The first weapon in the war against plastics is to carry a reusable bag while shopping; for it is the part and parcel to sustainable shopping.
Reusable bags include cloth bags, jute bags, and even reuse the plastic bags. We have to make sure that we have enough eco-friendly carry items to avoid additional carry bags. Even if you do not have a reusable carry bag, you can always recycle your Tshirt via through into a carry bag which. So, next time when you step out, always carry your own reusable bag.
2. Reusable Containers, Jars and Bottles:
How wonderful would it be if we all decide to take our own containers to fill the loose items into it?. We often face challenges when we want to buy liquid items and we tend to take our plastic bottles to fill them in.
The best alternative to this is using containers, jars and bottles made of glass, steel, etc., and even plastic is fine, but make sure that it is not a single-use plastic that is being reused. The containers can be used to buy products like cereals, masala powder and such. Glass bottles can be used to purchase liquid food and other grocery items which will be apt or fit in the containers you carry with you.