• Trishna Patnaik

Zero Waste – The sustainable way of living in India to come back from Corona effect

The onset of Corona breakdown, and complete lockdown of indefinite periods and isolating oneself from the world, we need to think of some ways which can handle the after-effects once life gets back to normal. There is going to be a major financial and economic crisis for the country and this is going to take a lot of time to bounce back. We as individuals need to have more sustainable ways of sustaining and Zero Waste Living is the way to go.

Zero waste means eliminating as much trash from the household as possible. A Zero Waste Lifestyle is not only eating clean and removing plastic from your life – it involves more thoughtful, minimalistic approach to living.

Here are a few ways how this can be done:

  1. Use Glass bottles and jars to store. These are to be refilled every time

  2. Take your own cloth bag when you are going out to shop

  3. Think if you really need it before buying anything, even the smallest of things

  4. Eat local food, pick op fresh and cook as much as its needed, don’t store, its anyways very harmful for the body.

  5. Use Reusable utensils in glassware or steel, don’t use disposable crockery

  6. Rather than using plastic straws use reusable straws

  7. Use a handkerchief instead of tissues

  8. Don’t bring home anything which you don’t need, like free stationery, pens etc from meetings or conferences

  9. Use digital business cards

  10. Take your jars when going to buy grocery

  11. All the kitchen waste can be composted and used for plants

  12. Reuse your clothes and pass it on to someone who can again use the same

  13. Reuse and recycle books

  14. Try to look for soap bars and shampoo, detergent etc in bulk, in bigger packs and refill in your bottles/jars.

  15. Use Menstrual cups instead of sanitary napkins

  16. Use cotton cloth washable diapers instead of the packed diaper

  17. Avoid packaged food, even cookies and snacks etc are better if prepared at home

  18. Reuse the water from RO to water plants or cleaning

  19. Save paper by signing in for e-bills of electricity, phone etc

  20. If you can, do rainwater harvesting for your garden

  21. Be mindful all the time. ( Elate wellbeing Mindfulness) and think it through before making any decisions.

Bea Johnson has given 5 R’S principle for Zero waste:

· Refuse what you do not need.

· Reduce what you do need (and cannot refuse)

· Reuse what you consume (and cannot refuse or reduce)

· Recycle what you cannot refuse, reduce, or reuse

· Rot (compost) the rest.

This is a lifestyle change and even small steps taken to contribute to the bigger purpose not only in keeping yourself healthy mentally and physically and saving your money but also the environment and conserving our resources.

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