One Sunday afternoon, as a family, we decided to self-reflect on what our lives would be with a little less ordering in, limiting e-waste, and opting for a minimalist life. Although, there is one thought – Why are we not concerned about the world we leave behind for our kids to use and live in? They don’t have an option, there is no Planet B. When will we talk about waste management?
In a world where awareness programs on eliminating single-use plastic and recycling our waste are in full throttle, why are we scared to implement them in our everyday lives? I know what you are thinking. “How is it going to change for the world, if I-an individual takes the right step? Is that enough?” The answer is YES. Every single one of us counts. Every small action we do counts. Every young mind we inspire counts!
Let me share some steps I have adopted in our family. I know I need to spread the world, and hence, we always have expert conversations in collaboration with Xynteo Vikaasa, Hindustan Unilever, and SBI about zero waste living at Kidsstoppress.com.
- Carry your own bottle
You will always spot me with my bottle in almost every work desk/travel/meeting! I just can’t step out anywhere without them. Pack one in your bag today. It’s a lot more hygienic, easier, and eco-friendly than buying a single-use plastic bottle and dumping it everywhere you go. Opt for glass/copper or steel bottles. Get one for your kids too and watch their commitment. I learnt a lot from my girls!
- Start Right In The Morning:
Start with the first thing you pick up in the morning- your toothbrush. It is reported that over 4.7 billion plastic toothbrushes are found in landfills every year. How hard is it to make the switch to simple and effective bamboo toothbrushes for everyone in the family? Think about it.
- Purchase Wisely:
Whether you order online or purchase from the local supermarket, be a smart consumer. For every small pack that you order, you would be throwing out that many plastic covers that pack the same. Remember as kids, how we saw our moms buy in bulk and store them right? Adopt those simple practices to eliminate frequent and small-size packs.
- Eat The Right Way:
Be it your dinner plates or your toddler’s first plate to try out those finger foods, go green. Open the stack of silverware your family gifted you. Or steel works too. Ditch the fancy melamine, and BPA-free plastic that looks enticing for your kids. All that glitters, isn’t gold.
- Say Bye-bye To Straws:
Be it having your favourite milkshake or that healthy tender coconut down the road, carry your own steel straw in your bag, everywhere you go. There are plenty available in the market. Over 8.3 billion plastic straws are used and thrown every year- this way, you will be doing your bit to save the planet.
- Have The Conversation With Your Kids:
When you start taking these steps in your daily life, your kids are sure to ask you a lot of questions and follow suit. Use this opportunity to talk to them about how much damage we are collectively doing to the Earth and what we could do instead.
The following 2 conversations with Pragya Kapoor and Vani Murthy were absolutely eye-openenin. Listen to these podcasts and have these need-of-the-hour conversations with your kids.
1) Pragya Kapoor | How I Reduced My Waste From 70 Kgs To 7 Kgs.
2) Vani Murthy | Nothing Is waste. If Something Is Torn, Re-use It.
Take the initiative today. Help spread the word. Raise a budding eco-warrior in your homes.