Happy Earth Day 2019 + My 3 Conscious Choices to Honour the Earth

In the Vedic Culture the Earth is depicted as Goddess Bhumi who selflessly provides the mankind shelter to live, foods to nourish and herbs to heal. So on the occasion of Earth Day let us all pay our respects to this wonderful Mother.

The future of our planet Earth is in our hands and each of us can do our bit to protect it and preserve it. And remeber the Earth Day is a great day to think about our planet and get started, but remember that these changes have to be implemented every day of the 365 days of the year to support us, our future generations and other species that have a right over this planet as much as we do.

 When starting out on your journey, you can simply follow the 3 R’s Reduce- (reducing your consumption), Reuse (repurpose what you already have) and Recycle as much as you can

I would love to share 3 of my conscious choices to protect and preserve our planet.

1. Reduce Kitchen Waste: Reducing kitchen waste is helpful both to the environment and your pocket and here are some strategies I have implemented

·      Making a meal plan along with a grocery list and sticking to it.

·      I love kitchen sink recipes like vegetable broth or veggie stirfry which can help use up any leftover veggies and veggie scraps

·      Using beeswax wrap in place of plastic wrap has been a life changer.

·      Reusable grocery and produce bags have really cut down on my plastic consumption.

·      Choose Glass over plastic: Glass is a better choice for both your health and the environment for the following reasons- a) Glass, unlike plastic, does not contain any harmful chemicals such as BPA, phthalates, PVC or polycarbonate that often leach into the food you consume through plastic containers.

b) Glass when recycled turns into more glass, whereas plastic is often downcycled to create something like plastic lumber or carpet padding. It loses integrity with each use, and thus isn't truly recyclable.

c) Glass is sturdier and more durable and you are more likely to reuse your glass containers, bottles and jars over and over and over again.

I love glass and store all my beans and lentils in glass jars. I am also obsessed with Pyrex glass containers

2. Recycle your clothing: Globally, 80% of discarded textiles are doomed for the landfill or incineration. Only 20% of fashion is actually reused or recycled. While I love fashion, I am more mindful of my purchases and have tried to use following strategies

·      I have choosen to say no to impulse buying and also avoid buying into fashion trends.

·      I only buy the clothes that are a good material, have a nice fit which ensures I will wear them long term

·      When I cleaned my saree closet a year ago I was amazed to find that I had over 50 sarees, so now I choose to swap sarees and jewellery with friends having similar tastes, which is great for both my pocket and my style.

3. Print as Little as Necessary: A study performed at Queensland University of Technology compares the possible health effects of laser-printer use to those of cigarettes. Not just the ink, but paper pollution can cause adverse effects to the quality of air, water and land. Did you know that discarded paper is a major component of many landfill sites and also that the recycling of paper can pollute the environment due to the sludge produced during deinking. While I regularly use printed paper for office use, the following strategies have helped me cut down on paper

·      Think before you print

·      Use both sides of the sheet of paper

·      E-readers, document scanners etc help cut down on printed paper.

·      Recycle paper: Reuse paper to take notes/ make lists if it has been printed on one side.

Have you tried any of the above strategies? Which ones? I would love to know!