Refuse, Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. While the task seems daunting initially, let us break it into bite-sized chunks with some easy steps to get started on a plastic-free journey.
1. Ditch the Disposable: The next time you are being served anything to eat in plastic, ask for reusables. Ask for your coffee in ceramic cups, ask for regular steel plates or leaf donas for your street food (the germs you expect on a washed plate are lesser than the chemicals you will eat from the plastic or Styrofoam plate). Ditch the plastic cutlery too.
2. Say no to Plastic Bags: This one is easy as for some of the states, even the government is doing a great job of executing this. Get one step ahead of your respective governments as well and carry your own bag – simply fold a cotton bag or a 100% natural and biodegradable bag like Biogreen and keep it in your purse or car or laptop bag and any time you need to shop, you have your carry bag handy
3. Don’t fill your garbage in plastic: Even the most health-conscious people, end up using garbage bags not realizing that eventually it is going to make its way back into their lives as either landfill pollution or micro-plastics. So ditch the garbage bags and if you must use bin liners, buy some from Biogreen so you have one that is going to go back to nature.
4. Refuse The Straw: This is one of the most pointless pieces of plastic. The mental image you get is of the turtle found with a straw stuck in its nose suffocating it. The next time you order any drink, just refuse the straw. If you must use a straw, use the reusable kinds like metal straws, bamboo straws, glass straws (even the paper straws have a plastic lining on them).