After the Swachh Bharat campaign launched nationwide, India has become more aware of cleanliness and hygiene. We have finally started to learn how to segregate dry and wet waste before dumping them. But there are miles to go! We are still unaware of what happens to the waste and how it is impacting the environment. While several brands are increasingly producing environmentally friendly goods and are partially or completely recyclable, we should not forget that reducing waste is every individual’s duty.
Let’s find out how.
1. Take your time: We cannot decide and opt for zero waste overnight. We must consciously make small changes every single day to create and sustain an environmentally friendly lifestyle. We should take time and be committed to our goal of zero waste. We will have to reduce and give up on things we feel are hampering and continue researching and adding habits that we feel are helping us stick to our goals.
2. It’s a new journey! We have led a certain lifestyle for as long as we can remember. Ways of life we were taught as a child, things we picked up from our family, habits we imbibed from our close circle, and newer things we taught ourselves by reading, traveling, and through social media. When we embark on a new journey of going completely zero waste, we must welcome the changes whether they are perspectives or bringing more sustainable things in our daily lives. For example, we can start carrying our cups for tea and coffee instead of getting disposable single-use cups; conventional grooming tools like toothbrushes, combs can be made up of bamboo; carry your cloth bag for shopping, etc.
3. Be patient: When you decide to go to zero waste, you will start consuming more information on how to do so more efficiently and also about climate changes; these might overwhelm you more than often. It is completely natural to feel this way. We may feel that our contribution is negligible or there is such a long way to go but we need to remind ourselves to be kind and patient to ourselves and that we are doing our best and every effort and individual is significant.
4. Are ‘ethical’, ‘sustainable’, and ‘zero waste’ interchangeable? An ethical lifestyle demands one to be conscious of the choices made every single day and hold high moral values and ethics. An ethical behavior will lead to a lesser carbon footprint and help sustain our planet for a longer time. Sustainable and Zero waste both aim for a better environment but they are not the same. In a sustainable lifestyle, individuals are focused on consuming organic products from homegrown brands which use biodegradable ingredients and cause absolutely no harm to other living beings and are completely plant-based. In a zero-waste lifestyle, individuals do not consume anything which is made up of or uses chemicals or plastic, they may or not be vegetarians or vegans.
Our apparel is made up of TENCEL™ fibers which are certified compostable and biodegradable; they are sourced from sustainably managed forests of Austria.
Our small conscious efforts will greatly impact our environment and help sustain life on Earth for longer and in better conditions. If we adopt a zero-waste lifestyle, we are helping local shops, abolishing child labor and exploitations of artisans, save money along with the Natural resources in the longer run, eating local fresh produce will improve your overall health by manifolds, reduces your possessions and clutter in your spaces and mind, etc.
Let's join hands and work for a good sustainable life for ourselves and generations to come!