Recently, I have grown a pair of plastic detecting eyes.

I scan my living room and we are drowning in plastic.

 

Childrens toys. Plastic.

Amazon packaging. Plastic.

Shampoo bottles. Plastic.

Food staples packaging. Plastic.

Toothbrushes. Plastic.

And I have absolutely no idea what happens to all my waste after I segregate it. Is it recycled or does it lie in a landfill somewhere?

As I said, I have grown a pair of plastic detecting eyes. I don’t really know what triggered it. Maybe it was that during AtoZ 2018, I wrote poetry about causes that mattered and somewhere along the way, my awareness about our lifestyle of excesses stood itself up in front of my eyes, waiting to be noticed. I wrote about organizations like 1 Million women and Tree Sisters, that shaped my way of thinking. I also wrote about the famous Chipko movement and fantasized myself as a treehugger. Olive Ridleys, those beautiful turtles, getting choked by swallowing plastic is what nightmares are made of.

The good news is, efforts are underway to change this. July has been declared as “Plastic Free July” and a lot of people are taking up the challenge of refusing single-use plastic the whole month. The current Indian government has promised to make India single-use plastic free by the year 2022.

Good things. Good things.

In the light of such events and newly acquired eye powress, I have been trying to be more aware of the choices I am making to reduce plastic consumption and waste in my life, and the realization is suffocating: In our current lifestyle, it is very difficult to live plastic-free. It is being termed as an “alternative lifestyle choice”. It takes a great amount of thought, planning and extra effort. A zero-waste lifestyle seems daunting.

We cannot go cold turkey on plastic, there is plastic everywhere. The idea is to make small changes over the course of a couple of years. Also, this should not be an alternative lifestyle. I believe a couple of generations ago, it was the norm. People bought in bulk in sacks, stored in dubbas at home and reused. For our convenience, we have inconvenienced every other species on this planet.  

Will you be interested in learning how to live a more sustainable lifestyle(lesser consumption, more resuse and less waste) though you need to go that extra mile? What is one thing that you can change today to reduce your carbon footprint?

I’ll go first: I intend to start a blog dedicated to a more environment friendly lifestyle, explore differerent alternatives, document my learnings with the intention to move me, my family and you towards a more sustainable world. I would love to use it as an ideation medium to generate solutions with a group of like-minded individuals, to create solutions which is bigger than us.

I know the finish line is really far, but I, we, need to start today.


This post is written for Bar-A-Thon Day 3.

Plastic Plastic Everywhere
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23 thoughts on “Plastic Plastic Everywhere

  • September 22, 2018 at 2:56 pm
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    Awesome topic to write baout Namy and all the best in picking up the cudgels to reduce the use of single use plastic! May we eventually get there!! 🙂

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  • July 27, 2018 at 5:40 pm
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    Good thought. We all have to start thinking towards it. May be small steps will help like taking a reusable mug to office instead of using paper cups and using reusable bags for grocery.

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  • July 10, 2018 at 8:13 am
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    Hey Namy, I am with you.I too wish for a plastic free world. I know this is almost impossible but lets get as close as possible. I m doing my part by not using plastic milk bottle for my Kids, not using disposable Diapers, not using plastic sippy cups, not using wipes, not using shampoos and body wash that comes in plastic packaging. I started with my bathroom n decluttering the stuff there. I will be happy to contribute for your new Blog.

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    • July 11, 2018 at 2:03 pm
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      Would love for you to be a part of it Upasana. Will get in touch with you soon.

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  • July 9, 2018 at 12:00 pm
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    Totally with you on this Namy! I too have joined this movement in my own small way and yes its quite a task to take out plastic from our lives entirely- but every small bit helps!

    looking forward to the blog- thats a superb idea. I would love to be a contributer on that if that would b eokay with you.

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    • July 9, 2018 at 12:25 pm
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      I will love that. Will definitely get in touch with you once it gets rolling.

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  • July 7, 2018 at 5:31 pm
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    I completely agree, Namratha. We are surrounded with plastics everywhere from bottles to lunch boxes to toys. And it is a good step by the government to ban plastic, slowly leading towards a blanket ban of use of plastics.

    And yes, your posts on ways to live a plastic-free life will definitely do wonders for most of us.

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  • July 6, 2018 at 11:13 pm
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    Some stores near me have gotten rid of plastic bags and they’re scaling back other kinds of plastic packaging. That makes me want to shop there more, because that’s a business practice I want to support.

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    • July 6, 2018 at 11:21 pm
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      I have recently started buying staples (for us) like rice and pulses in bulk in my own reusable boxes. Hence I visit this one store which lets me do that.

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  • July 6, 2018 at 1:31 pm
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    True.
    We need a more sustainable world. Plastic rules and we need to take care before it’s too late…
    – Anita

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  • July 6, 2018 at 12:48 pm
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    As you said it needs a lot of effort and time to find alternatives. But we all need to make efforts to leave a better world for our children

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  • July 6, 2018 at 12:22 pm
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    We can’t completely give up the use of plastic. But I agree with you that we should use and more importantly dispose of it responsibly.

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    • July 9, 2018 at 12:16 am
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      True. I have been researching and reading, and there are so many alternatives that we can use. But to get this practice into mainstream consciousness is going to take both time and effort. Thank you for your comment Monika.

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    • July 6, 2018 at 2:07 pm
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      It is difficult.The more aware we are of the amount of waste we generate, the more daunting the task

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    • July 6, 2018 at 2:05 pm
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      Thank you Jai. It makes me happy that my poems are remembered. Will check out your post today

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  • July 6, 2018 at 6:35 am
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    Great idea. It is a long way to plastic free world. But as they say, the first step is the hardest.

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    • July 6, 2018 at 2:03 pm
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      Starting with baby steps. Thanks for the comment Meena

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  • July 6, 2018 at 1:10 am
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    Way to go Namy! Would love to read about your initiatives and hope to follow suit 🙂 So much needs to be done to reverse the damage already done. But your blog will be a good solid step in the right direction.

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    • July 6, 2018 at 2:02 pm
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      Thank you. I am really excited about it but just as apprehensive. Hoping to make some meaningful changes as well as impact others

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