During these times of Coronavirus pandemic, when the whole world is at a halt and the lives of many are at stake, our environment is trying to return to its original form. There are no factories/industries generating pollution, no chemicals to be dumped in the water bodies, and no noise/air pollution by billions or cars/vehicles driving their way to a destination. Yet, there are tonnes of mixed organic waste & non-organic waste being produced at our homes which may go unmanaged. Let’s take
some steps to reduce the waste being produced at home and try to make zero-waste lifestyle a choice and care for our planet:
1. Opt for recycling: There are plenty of items at our homes which are discarded and thrown away in the dustbin but can be recycled into new products, such as paper. It is important that we must not be intimidated by the complicated process of recycling and learn the sorting rules. During lockdown we must choose to recycle and not pollute the environment, also to allow the cleaning & hygiene personnel to sanitize our surroundings. Thus, it will be better to implement reusable packaging in your home wherever possible and it will prevent excess waste from going to the landfill.
2. Avoid the use of plastic bags: This is one of the simplest ways to generate less waste during the lockdown period. If you are using a plastic bag, then make sure that you reuse it. You must take your own jute bag or a cloth bag to carry while shopping for the essentials or vegetables etc. Also, while you’re traveling using your car or a 2-wheeler, you must keep extra bags with you, as it’ll make sure you always leave with a bag even if you forget them at home.
3. Make a meal plan: Keeping healthy during quarantine is a prerequisite that one must follow, and to ensure that it is necessary that we all must follow a proper meal plan and evaluate what we eat, like if we are taking the right amount of vitamins & minerals in our diet. Keeping healthy will also ensure that we are keeping the environment healthy by not generating too much waste that would need to be disposed of.
4. Start Composting: Composting is good for nature, our environment and plants, and also helps save money. You must take this time and opportunity to start your own pet project towards saving the environment. For composting, you can set up your own bin, and put all the wet waste & dry waste to be composted in layers. While the wet waste may be vegetable skin, fruit skin, leftover, etc. dry waste can include dry leaves and newspaper. You can read more about how to compost at home here.
Following the above measures is a way to protect and support the recovery of our environment. One can also opt to do tree plantation in India in their nearby area. Apart from the above, one can also manage their waste by using an organic waste converter to process the waste into by-products such as manure.