Zero waste is the notion that safeguards waste management and preaches the concept of reusing and recycling articles and switching to sustainable and biodegradable products. Tackling waste management, adopting techniques for waste minimisation and more, our simple 4 ways will guide you for a ‘zero waste’ lifestyle-
Do You Have A Reusable Water Bottle?
Carrying a reusable water bottle is exceptionally purposive as against carrying plastic bottles. Reusable water bottles curtail the usage and disposal of plastic bottles which add to waste generation. A reusable water bottle only requires a re-fill once emptied and prevents a ‘repurchase’. Such bottles can also be used for filling beverages or other drinks and thus also scales down the use of plastic and paper cups.
When plastic water bottles, paper and plastic cups are disposed off, they add to waste landfills which are an increasingly ugly number year by year. Reduce individual usage of plastic by switching to an eco-friendly water case.
Are you a handkerchief person?
Being a handkerchief person is a form of mannerism to commence with. A handkerchief is a multipurpose article. These are remarkably useful for drying tears and mucus, cleaning dirt off from the face and body, wiping dirt off from clothes, feeding etc.
Handkerchiefs are reusable and all they need is a simple wash, contrary to paper napkins which require disposal after use. Handkerchiefs require minimal packing space and last for a sufficiently long time. Paper napkins and disposable wipes adversely are a use and throw article and add to landfill waste eventually.
Above all, don’t handkerchiefs speak of etiquette and add to the personal hygiene of an individual? Add a handkerchief to your routine today and minimise your wastage footprint on the planet.
Own baking soda, do you?
Baking soda is an item that’s impeccably useful and multipurpose by nature. It can be used for a variety of purposes such as – toothpaste, detergent for laundry, body deodorant, floor and kitchen top cleaner, cleaner for utensils etc. It is essentially used for cleaning and hygiene purposes.
Being a multiuse cleanser, it eliminates the requirement of several other detergents and cleansers in household and office spaces. This resultantly reduces the production and packing of cleansers in plastic containers and goes a long way towards waste minimisation.
Using cloth bags or not?
Cloth bags, their usage and benefits are very similar to handkerchiefs, as discussed before. The usage of plastic, nylon papers, polythene bags, mesh etc. is an extremely common sight in markets, supermarkets, travel, food packaging etc. Plastic packaging is one practice that needs to be moderated drastically to reduce wastage.
Markets and supermarkets make excessive use of packaging and fancy decoration. To escape all this on an individual level, we need to make conscientious efforts to step outside our home and carry cloth bags with us.
Cloth bags are not hazardous to the environment and can be reused multiple times. They’re also easily washable. A simple practice of carrying a grocery bag (jute/cotton) when heading out for shopping can help reduce paper and plastic bag packaging considerably. Not just shopping, a bag can be carried itself from home for every purpose to not ask for a ‘new bag’ adding to waste generation.