I had always been an armchair environmentalist, sharing concerns about the environment on the internet, while taking a few steps that I could take conveniently to save it.
I remember the day it struck me! Watching ‘Leila’, a dystopian series on Netflix this summer. Keeping the political narrative of the show aside, it depicted the environmental crisis in a pretty realistic way. It shook me to the core.
4 years of trash in a jar!
It was around that time I found this brilliant Ted Talk by Lauren Singer, owner of Trash is for Tossers, where she talked about how she fit 4 years of trash into a single mason jar.
I started reading more about the zero/low waste lifestyle. The more aware I become, the more motivated I was to tackle the problem hands-on instead of just thinking about it.
But I did have certain apprehensions prior to committing to it.
Over time, I started loving the process of unlearning old habits and learning new habits for reducing the trash I sent out to landfills. This is when I started my blog on Instagram called ‘Dare Not Dump’ discussing the changes I’ve made during my journey.
I’ve compiled a list of changes that you can make without spending any money:
1.Carry your own reusable Tupperware or steels dabbas from home if you plan on eating out.
2. Do you remember how our moms would pin handkerchiefs to the top of our shirts when we went to school? While you might not be able to do that now, you can always carry your own handkerchief to make sure that fewer tissues end up in a landfill.
3. Ditch the straw!
4. Carry your own tote bag while shopping.
5. BYOC (Bring Your Own Cup)
Coffee cups cannot be recycled and will definitely end up in a landfill.
6. While planning out your weekly grocery shopping make sure that you buy only what you can eat in a week.
7. Reusable bottles are not only cost-effective in the long run but also super environment-friendly! Water filling stations can usually be found on/around metro and train stations now.
Remember that every non-recyclable item that doesn’t end up in a landfill matter!
We’re all in this together and we can collectively make a difference through our efforts to reduce the trash we put out into the world!
(The views expressed in the article are the author’s own. Let Me Breathe neither endorses nor is responsible for them.)