2.12 billion tons...that's the current amount of waste generated globally each year. That's roughly 250 kilos generated per person per year. To put that into perspective, if you put that on trucks that's more than enough to circle the globe 24 times. It's time to take charge and put a stop to the devastation of Mother Earth.
We all want to do something extraordinary for Mother Earth and this time, we from ADI shared some of our best practices in reducing our impact and promoting zero wastes in our own homes.
1. No to single-use plastics
It appears extremely difficult to escape plastic every single day, doesn't it?
Plastic generally is at our fingertips all day long. Plastic cups, plastic bags, and so many other plastic products! The quantity of plastics we encounter daily doesn't end there, and I am sure you can relate to that. Plastic waste is definitely an epidemic. To avoid adding to the waste consumption, we strongly suggest you avoid buying single-use plastics bottles from mineral waters and sodas. Instead, we'd recommend that you bring your own bottle or mug to work whenever possible.
2. Bring eco-friendly bags as shopping bags.
A reusable shopping bag is a type of shopping bag that can be used multiple times. It is the best way to go. It can be an alternative option to single-use paper or plastic bags. It's often created from fabrics such as canvas, natural fibres like Jutes, cotton, woven synthetic fibers, or other sustainable materials. It is not only cheaper to bring your own but you can personalize it and it lasts longer.
3. Bring your own container for to-go food and leftovers. Bring your own to-go cup when getting coffee on the run.
4. Recycle, donate, sell or up-cycle.
Recycle or up-cycle whatever you can. Find a way to reuse an old item. Donate items, or gift them to friends to keep them out of landfills.
- Start composting. compost your food scraps. Start small by composting veggie and fruit scraps and peels.
- Bring a napkin and utensils so you don't have to get plastic utensils when grabbing food on the run.
5. Make it a habit to turn off house lights and electronics when not in use; unplug these if possible. Make use of natural light when you can open up a window.
6. Buy stuff that you can pour into refillable bottles like shampoo and conditioner in a larger quantity so you can avoid buying more of them in smaller sizes which will mean using more plastic containers.
7. Ask for no straw in your drink order when out. Don't leave your house without a full reusable water bottle.
8. Plan menu and serving size of meals at home to avoid food waste.
Don't buy raw veggies and meat in excess--make sure you know the shelf life of each raw ingredient. Better yet, grow your own food. Growing your own food like micro-veggies lets you:
a) consume only what you need and want, and therefore not have to throw away excesses
b) lessen your trips to the store
c) lessen the use of plastic bags that eventually go to waste. You can use micro-veggie growers like EcoQube Frame! It's super easy to use and will guarantee a lush harvest after 10-15 days :).
These are just some of the common practice that we do. We hope we are able to share some simple tips that you can do at home or anywhere you may be. Together, let us help Mother Earth in making sure that we don't add more waste to our planet.