3 STEPS TO A PLASTIC-FREE YOU

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The Arabian Sea threw-up tons and tons of plastic waste in Mumbai recently. There were Plastic waves in the Sea in the Dominican Republic recently after a storm.

Our cities are groaning under the strain of plastic waste, mainly single-use plastic which includes disposable plastic bags, disposable cutlery and crockery and disposable food containers. But a lot of this waste is also broken plastic material from cheap consumer products. Plastic which is an amazing and durable material has suddenly got a very bad reputation indeed!

Plastic Bag: 1000 years
Plastic bottle: 450
Plastic Straws: 200 years
Plastic Spoons: 450 years

As someone who tries to practice zero-waste living and refuses to use most of the disposable plastic material mentioned above, I find it very distressing that most people dont take even the basic steps to curb their plastic usage. These simple steps are easy to follow and make for great support against our fight of single-use plastic and support to the environment!

  1. CARRY A REUSABLE BAG
    This sounds like a very simple thing to do, but I can say that most of us just don’t do it. Carrying a reusable cloth bag, which fold up and can be carried in your daily purse or bag, or kept in your car or bike is one of the first things to do in this journey of reducing your waste. Try to avoid a bag made of synthetic materials (these ultimately will not biodegrade) and go for natural material like cotton, canvas or hemp.
    You will be able to reduce your one-time use plastic bag usage by at least 2 to 3 bags a day. You will also get used to asking for your shopping in your own bag and become more aware of the prevalence of plastic bags even when there is no need for it.
  2. REDUCE USAGE OF PLASTIC BOTTLES
    Carrying a reusable water bottle with you when you are out of the house can help to curb another big plastic pollutant, The Plastic Bottle. The times when you do have to buy that bottle of mineral water, make sure it goes into the recycling system and not into the landfills. Also, does it make sense to have to throw away 3 bottles a day that will not decompose for 450 years. Reducing 1 disposable bottle a day can result in 30000 less bottles per person that end up in our oceans!
    Remember, that consuming beverages in tins and glass id slightly better as these materials are handily recycled in India.
  3. AVOID DISPOSABLE CUTLERY
    Disposable cutlery, crockery and food containers account for a huge percentage of plastic waste, most of which is floating in our oceans. Avoid consuming disposable plates, spoons and straws. Ask for an alternative or carry your own! Plastic constitutes approximately 90 percent of all trash floating on the ocean’s surface. Try to move away from the throw-away culture, keeping in mind that what you throw away still stays on the planet if not in your home…

Reduce Reuse Recycle

 

 

LINKS
https://www.unenvironment.org/news-and-stories/story/youre-it-plastic-pollution-tag-takes
http://plastic-pollution.org/
http://www.chasinggreen.org/article/green-cycle-terms-recycle-pre-cycle-upcycle-and-cradle-cradle/
– https://www.onyalife.com/plastic-free/guide-to-living-plastic-free-life/

 

3 STEPS TO A PLASTIC-FREE YOU (DOWNLOAD PDF)

This cool Door Knob is made from an upcycled Glass Bottle

This cool Door Knob is made from an upcycled glass bottle and melted into an awesome blob, perfect for your eccentric home. Available in both one-side and double-side versions.
Made from upcycled glass bottles, the eco-friendly Door Knob is kiln-formed in a furnace at 700°Celsius and is fade-proof and washable. Go green now and flaunt your lack of carbon footprint!

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What better way to showcase your appetizers!

What better way to showcase your appetizers than on top an actual real flattened glass bottles. Your guests won’t know whether to talk about the wine, the food or the awesome Appetizer Plates. Handy to hold and great for informal sit-downs, cocktail parties or tea parties, these plates won’t let you down :) The set of 2 is really handy to use for dips and treats. Order multiple sets if you love to throw parties! Made from upcycled glass bottles, the eco-friendly Appetizer Plate is Kiln-formed in a furnace at 800°Celsius and is food-safe, fade-proof and washable.

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Being Green! A responsibility rather than an Option.

This morning I was woken by my alarm, reminding me that I should stop being a lazy ass and write a blog post. I snoozed the persistent ringing for 4 hours, ignoring the fact that writing a weekly blog post was good for me and aligned with the to-do list I had made earlier this month defining goals I set for the next few years.

At the time it just seemed the least important thing I could do with my lazy Sunday. Now that I’m at the laptop with the post open in from of me, I’m glad i’m here.

Isn’t this what most people do with things related to being green though? We all know its good to use less plastic, more reusable, less disposables etc. etc. But the world is still churning out obscene amounts of un-recyclable thrash. People don’t care about what their food comes in as long as it’s edible. What happens to Design as long as it looks good for the night. The consequences of buying and discarding endless pieces of clothing, as long as you look really cool for that movie date. There is no information given on the longevity of the products we buy (and lets not even think about the packaging it all comes wrapped in) how to safely and responsibly dispose of them, and whether or not they are toxic in the long run, to us as well as the environment.

I’ve been trying to lead a zero-waste lifestyle for more than a year now. Combined with the fact that I’ve also turned ethically vegan, some facts about the twenty first century human misbehavior are quite glaringly obvious. Most of us so-called well-read and educated people lead such shallow lives right from the time we are born till the time we perish, it boggles the mind when you look at it from a different perspective. Basically, the things we are taught to believe in, the goals we are trained to pursue, the logic that is tainting our mind is in extreme self-interest of the human race. We have forgotten that we are a part of the world which consists of the five elements, infinite species of flora and fauna, the earth in all its moods and the infinite wisdom of it all.

Being aware of the aspects of this world would include primarily being kind to the earth, the creatures around us and each other. In a series of blog posts in the next few months, I will be documenting my thoughts on what I think are the most hazardous practices burdened upon us by this “global consumerist profit-seeking economy-centric narcissist culture” that unites all regions, religions and traditions the world over.

This blog post, I will be talking about plastics of various kinds and list of materials I feel are most harmful to the environment, in terms of toxicity, quantities produced and excess of usage.

Some of the worse culprits are:

  • Styrofoam/Thermocol
  • Mettalised Plastic
  • Plastic Bags
  • Plastic Straws and Plastic Cutlery
  • Toothpaste Tube
  • Toothbrush

 

 

COMMON NAME
WHAT IS IT
CHEMICAL NAME
FORMS
FOUND IN
CHEMICALLY RECYCLABLE
REAL WORLD RECYCLABLE
BIO DEGRADABLE
PETROLEUM BASED
POLLUTION DURING MANUFACTURE
IMAPCT ON CLIMATE CHANGE
ANNUAL PRODUCTION
AIR WATER LAND
Styrofoam / Thermocol / Packing Material Polystyrene can be solid or foamed. General-purpose polystyrene is clear, hard, and rather brittle. It is an inexpensive resin per unit weight. It is a rather poor barrier to oxygen and water vapour and has a relatively low melting point.[5] Polystyrene is one of the most widely used plastics Polystyrene Sheet or Moulded, Foams, EPS, XPS PACKAGING MATERIAL, DISPOSABLE CUPS, DISPOSABLE CROCKERY YES LOW NO YES YES YES N/A YES SEVERAL MILLION TONNES
Mettalised Plastic Various kind of plastic films (polypropylene, polyethylene terephthalate (PET), nylon, polyethylene and cast polypropylene) coated with various types of metals (Aluminium, nickel, chromium ) Film Chips/Namkeen Packets, Sweets, Tea/Coffee Packs, Balloons, Party Decorations, nsulation in Spacesuits, Electronics YES VERY LOW NO YES YES YES N/A YES SEVERAL MILLION TONNES
Plastic Plastic is material consisting of any of a wide range of synthetic or semi-synthetic organic compounds that are malleable and so can be molded into solid objects. Polyamides (PA) or (nylons), Polycarbonate (PC), Polyester (PES), Polyethylene (PE), High-density polyethylene (HDPE), Low-density polyethylene (LDPE), Polyethylene terephthalate (PET), Polypropylene (PP), Polystyrene (PS) High impact polystyrene (HIPS), Polyurethanes (PU), Polyvinyl chloride (PVC), Polyvinylidene chloride (PVDC), Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS), Polycarbonate/Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (PC/ABS), Polyethylene/Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (PE/ABS) Polyepoxide (epoxy), Polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) (acrylic), Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), or Teflon, Phenolics or phenol formaldehyde (PF), Melamine formaldehyde (MF), Urea-formaldehyde (UF), Polyetheretherketone (PEEK), Maleimide/bismaleimide, Polyetherimide (PEI) (Ultem), Polyimide, Plastarch material, Polylactic acid (PLA), Furan, Silicone, Polysulfone. microplastics as well as mega- and macro-plastics. Prettymuch Everything YES TO SOME, NO TO SOME TYPES LOW NO YES YES YES NA YES SEVERAL MILLION TONNES

Running Away

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To run away has many reasons. To hide. To forget. To leave behind. But also to move towards something. Aspirations. Dreams. An Utopia in your imagination. Or maybe it’s real somewhere, maybe if I look in the right place at the right time, I’ll find what I’m almost not sure I’m looking for. Something which guides my wings and rudders my boat.

Why is running away such a taboo in our society ? What possible reason could an experience, which wakes us out off the numbing effect of normalcy and throws us into the ice-cold waters of living in the moment, be so unimportant and insignificant in the lives of people today.  Don’t we owe the shape of modern humans to mass migrations from Africa and then through the Americas? Don’t we owe the industrial age to world exploration?

As a self proclaimed wandering artist, I consider myself somewhat of an expert on running away. I run away from my responsibilities and my life every other month. I throw caution to the wind and leave home by any means possible. Road, Air or Train. I find it a steep learning curve in the school of life. All these places where people are so different, the scenery changes and the daily customs of life differ drastically.

So I dedicate this year to my ‘running away’ gene, and pledge to spend at least 6 months of the year out of my hometown and my comfort zone. Happy wanderings people :)

 

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the carriage…

You know, some days are like super-foods, brimming with goodness, packed full with the flavours of life, wholesome… and they leave you with a feeling of why ever didn’t you get to them earlier.

This is exactly how I feel about the last 3 months. I have achieved so much in so diverse a range of paths of life that I feel each and every moment of my existence has led to me to this state of my life and being.

A small note here; achievement for me has never been fully about money (duh) and success has never meant astronomical sales sheets and fancy cars… Now that that’s out of the way for people who don’t know me, let’s get to the point of being and the universe conspiring to get you there!

Few of the major life changes that happened in the last 3 months:

Going for a zero-waste lifestyle

This might seem doable, but in a world where consumerism rules, you really don’t know where the food you eat, the water you drink, the air you breathe, the clothes you wear, the fuel you burn, the internet you consume come from.

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Is it enough that it is organic (try looking for organic food grain options not packaged in plastic) or is it more important that it’s packed in a sustainable material. GMO or not, how will you even know? What happens when you wish to order in food? Plastic spoons have become more disposable in the human psyche than even a dirty newspaper! And let’s not even get into thermocol plates and plastic takeout containers… (300 million tonnes of plastic is created each year. Figures for recycling of plastic waste are vague and confusing with a lot of plastic waste exported to Asian and African countries for mostly incineration, but it’s around 30% being very very optimistic)

Disposable water bottles while travelling, hotels and restaurants refusing to serve filtered water, cinemas, malls and airports which ban you from carrying your own water, tanker-full of water being used for homes in the poshest parts of the country.

Illegal and harmful burning of plastics, no safety standards in factories, vehicles without PUC, roads not geared for walking and bicycling…. It all leads to a really toxic cauldron of oxygen mixed with whatever else!

Disposable clothing, fashion trends, substandard materials, cheap imports, SALE SALE SALE, time before money before environment. This is what our personal choices boil down to. Smooth shiny hair is wonderful isn’t it, who cares what the shampoo is made of. Makeup tested on live animals. The price of fashion unfortunately is really very high!

Going Vegan

Adding to that since a week or so I have gone vegan! And it was one of those things that just feel right. I mean, I don’t eat meat since a few months because of the unethical way animals are slaughtered… So how is the milk any different, or honey or cosmetics? Any thing on a consumerist scale will always have ethics way down on their list of priority.

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The Wandering Artist

I travelled around 5000 kms across 9 states with all my upcycled products packed in old trunks exhibiting and installing on the way… I’ve met amazing people, got a feel for the roads, know the toll rates (UP and Rajasthan are too expensive!) I carried my own water in upcycled glass bottles, had my own personal trunk as a dustbin (collecting all my garbage) and saw loads and loads of garbage everywhere. On the side of the roads, in the Ganga and the Hooghly. I saw landfills and soft- drink trucks competing for my attention. A whole lot of people content with what they are served in life and a whole lot more trying to achieve success as defined by things and money.

All I know is that the things I do and the things I make are intricately and inexplicably connected to the places I go and the things I see. Like Douglas Adams will timelessly say “I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.”

au revoir

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