Have you heard of Trash Free Living. Do you know where the trash you “throw away” ends up? Well, it has to end up “somewhere”….
Here are some facts:
- Every year, more than 14 billion pounds (6 billion kilograms) of garbage is dumped into the world’s ocean. Most of it, is plastic that is toxic to marine life
- Known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, there even is a “continent” made from the plastic trash, floating in the Pacific Ocean. According to some estimates, the patch can be as large as twice the size of the US
- Enough plastic is thrown away each year to circle the earth four times
- Over the last ten years we have produced more plastic than during the whole of the last century
- Annually approximately 500 billion plastic bags are used worldwide. More than one million bags are used every minute
- Plastic constitutes approximately 90 percent of all trash floating on the ocean’s surface, with 46,000 pieces of plastic per square mile
- And, finally….It takes 500-1,000 years for plastic to degrade
After days of reflection and deliberation, we took the plunge! We decided to go trash free. And, guess what? – its fairly easy and doable.
Some of the changes we have made in our lifestyle:
- When we step out for a takeaway or for some sugarcane juice we take our own containers. This applies to having tea when on the go. We use our Decathlon camping mugs which is easy to wash and dry
- Carry a light small handkerchief to use instead of tissues every time you wash your hands when you are out. Tissue comes from trees
- Carry your own water bottles to avoid buying water when you are out and on the move
- Thinking of visiting your local sweet shop? Carry your boxes to avoid the paper and plastic containers used for packing sweet and savouries
- Buy grocery items from a shop that sells it loose and not in plastic packets. Take your own cotton bags to fill in rice, cereals and pulses
- Buy milk directly from a “Gowshala” (Cow Shelter) and make your own curd at home. Thus eliminating milk and curd packets. Milk and curd packets are the highest contributors to the plastic dump in India
- Buy eggs loose which means without its plastic or paper carton
- Buy butter directly from the people who make it and boil it at home to make ghee. Thus eliminating butter paper packaging and ghee plastic bottles. Same applies to paneer (cottage cheese)
- Make fresh bread at home. That will eliminate the plastic wrap that comes with the bakery or branded bread
- Try Composting at home to convert kitchen waste into valuable manure also known as black gold. You will never have to worry about disposing wet waste from kitchen.
- Your cheese and chocolate will still come in some packaging. Store these plastic carefully to be sent for recycling. Reducing processed food as much is the key as with processed food come packaging
It’s a journey of realisation, presence of mind and a little bit of effort but, worth every bit as you would have contributed to making this world considerably lighter. We have turned our world into a huge pile of garbage and now its our turn to clean it up for the future generation.
Time to act! See us in “Trash Free” action: