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Tips to ensure no-waste in country like India.

BY Spiritual Initiative

There are commonsensical ways to ensure 0% waste by three R’s- recycling, reusing and reducing. Here is how you can do it irrespective if your location in urban or rural India, or elsewhere:


1. Become a zealot about turning things off: water taps, lights,vehicle and electronic gadgets

As per environment experts, by avoiding overuse of water and light and ensuring no waste by turning things off when not in use can save more than Rs. 5000 annually

2. Sell your waste to kabadiwala (junk-scrap dealer) offline or online

You can always be paid for selling cluttered newspaper, bottles, metal and lot more in India. Try kabadiwala.com or ask for newspapaper collector in any market near. You can also exchange used milk packets to vendor for some discounts or free buying.

3. Get creative- Reuse in an innovative way.

Look for innovative ways to make do with things that you find useless otherwise. Try to use linen serviettes (over napkins) for lunch that can be used for years. Repair old items instead of buying new ones. Collect and reuse polythene bags. Use old T-shirts to dust furniture, mop floors or clean cars. Explore and go creative with it.

4. Recycle e-waste, if lucky get paid too. 

Recycle e-waste including all electronic gadgets. Try organizations like Karma Recycle or Attero e-waste management to learn more about how to start this activity on your own. Do not avoid even if you are not paid. Mother earth blessing is always on your way.

5. Less is more.

Over consumption or over indulgence on products for sensory kicks or pride is something to ponder over. The less we use, the less we waste and more we cherish.  

6. Build your karma - Donate not-in use items

Donate old toys, clothes, furniture, games and other tools instead of letting them clutter your home. Give them to someone who need them and cannot afford. Many organizations including goonj and edaan.com can help you do this. One can find similar Ngo's near where they live in India.

7. Waste Segregation is the answer

Always segregate waste at storage or before decomposing it. Think before you throw an item as it can be reused, recycled, compost or decomposed. Segregate in different colour bins; at least have 2 of them: wet and dry. This makes it easy for those who handle your garbage even if you do not do handle it on your own.

8. Make compost from organic or green

With the slogan of going green, ‘compost’ is a buzz word. Compost refers to organic matter that is recycled as a manure. All your kitchen and garden waste can be composted. Learn online or get tutorials to know more. It’s fun doing.Very apt for your balcony garden.

9. Use eco-disposable sanitary pads,nappies or other biological waste items

It takes anywhere between 200-500 years for a synthetic sanitary napkin or a baby nappy to decompose. It is harrowing to read that each year tons of such waste is generated and is thrown into the sea or landfill making the land more barren and rendering the sea lifeless and polluted. Therefore please ensure to buy biodegradable or eco-disposable pads as much as possible. You can also set an incinerator or burn the used items.

10. Use sun power as an alternative to your energy needs

Solar geysers, Solar lamps, Solar cooler, Solar batteries are some of very successful projects running worldwide. Charge your phone or run your appliances without any cost anywhere .Many Do-It-Yourself kits are available in the Indian market to install at home.  Start exploring.Google solar products.

11. Buy in bulk

Buying in bulk and stocking have always been a part of Indian and other traditions. It has proved to be a cost-effective way to get security against food inflation and during shortage or crisis. It decreases the monthly waste of packages that contribute to large portions of garbage today.

12. Weekly Trips to the Farmers’ Market

Farmers’ market is a place for vegetable and fruit shopping to purchase the freshest of what nature has to offer and is readily available in every town in India. Purchasing locally helps in reducing food miles, thus curbing vehicle pollution and in reducing daily packaging waste and cost.

13. Wonder who makes this place dirty

Last but not least, do not litter or throw garbage just anywhere. There are garbage points and centers everywhere. Make sure your segregated garbage is properly collected or thrown at appropriate place. Remember those candy wrappers, bottles, potato chip packets and plastic bags that you have thrown 'just like that' while roaming or partying around. The same has immensely contributed to  floods, droughts and pollution all around the country.

It takes just little  'awareness' and 'will' to create a world where we wish to see our children living.  

Any more points or suggestions are welcome here !


Photo Credit: Flickr

Published December 08, 2013

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