Ditching plastic - the need of the hour

  • By Shefali Ahuja
  • •  Feb 07, 2019

Ditching Plastic Bags : The need of the hour

What you throw away, doesn’t go AWAY!
Do you need that plastic bag? Do you? Simple life changing steps can help us in saving the Mother Earth and it doesn’t harm to take one step at a time. Does it?
Plastic bags tend to disrupt the environment. When disposed, they get in the soil and slowly release toxic chemicals and then they mix with the soil, with the unfortunate result of animals consuming them, and thus, they often choke and die. A 100,000 marine animals die from plastic every year.
There’s plastic in the streets, there’s plastic in the oceans and at the current rate, plastic will cover the Earth. Plastic pollution has a direct effect on wildlife. Thousands of cows, sea turtles, seals and other animals are killed every year due to plastic.
Your contribution lies in ditching plastic and here’s how you can do so:
1. Carry reusable bags:
How about replacing the hundreds of plastic bags you use every year on your trips to the grocery store or market with a reusable jute bag?
Every year around 500 billion plastic bags are used and a plastic bag takes 1000 years to degrade if not recycled. Save yourself from drowning in plastic bags in a few years by switching to bags made from dry grass. Carry a reusable bag with you every time you go shopping.
If you want trendy jute bags, you can grab them at www.habereindia.com at affordable prices! Set a trend with your jute and dry grass bags and encourage others too!

2. Rethink the use of plastic in your house:
Switch to biodegradable and reusable containers. Whenever you go shopping don’t buy the products wrapped in plastic, instead carry a jute/ dry grass basket and get the fresh fruits and veggies in it.
You can buy beautiful jute and dry grass baskets hand woven by the skilled artisans of Manipur at affordable prices on www.habereindia.com

3. Switch to paper or stainless steel straws:
Over 500,000,000 straws are produced everyday, only to be used for a couple of minutes and then disposed. Eventually, these straws end up in the ocean with the pile of waste already present there. Thus, these straws get stuck in the nose of turtles, eventually causing them to die. So the next time you’re offered a plastic straw, please consider REFUSING it. You can also buy a stainless steel straw and carry it around.

4. Carry your own mugs to your office :
Quick stat : An average office worker uses about 500 paper/styrofoam cups a year. Can you imagine how big an impact you can make by carrying your own mug to the office?

It’s never too late to get started. Let’s respect other creatures and our Mother Earth, because there’s no PLANET B. Adopt an environment friendly lifestyle and contribute in saving the environment and providing the animals a clean home.
Be the part of the SOLUTION, not POLLUTION!

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