Here’s How You Can Help Save Our Planet

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Global warming, the alarmingly hot summers, ever-increasing air pollution, water scarcity, power outages are just some of the critical concerns our cities are threatened by…

However much we may live in denial of the effects of global warming, its manifold repercussions are increasingly evident and already taking a toll on our daily lives.

The only solution is to take things in our control and clear the mess we have created for ourselves! Conscious efforts towards sustainable living and adopting an eco-friendly lifestyle is the need of the hour and there is little argument on this glaring reality. Most of the time, these efforts also end up saving you money in the long run such as getting something like foam roofing to insulate your home which will require less heating, thus reducing your utility bills.

“It is only us, who can effect change,” says Colonel (Retd) Shashikant Dalvi, Rainwater Harvesting Expert and Environmentalist.

“We should make it a point to reduce the consumption of water at source and reuse it.

With something as basic as using a bucket of water over a shower, closing taps when not in use, or using water saving aerators in taps to reduce the flow of water, one can actually contribute to a lot in saving water.”

“A simple thing that I practice is to reuse the water for various purposes. The leftover water after cleaning can be used for flushing the toilets. Wash vegetables and fruits in a bowl (as opposed to under the tap) and use it to water the plants.

“Using a clothesline also saves electricity over machine drying just as washing clothes in cold water saves power,” says Sneha Mukherjee, Home Baker.

Collect back system under the Plastic Waste Management Rules, 2016

The producers, importers and brand owners who introduce the plastic carry bags, multi-layered plastic sachet, or pouches, or packaging in the market within a period of six months from the date of publication of these rules, need to establish a system for collecting back the plastic waste generated due to their products.

“Many people store their wet waste in plastic bags preventing it from being recycled.

We must start saying ‘No’ to plastic.

“We can shift to alternatives like glass bottles and reusable paper plates, straws and carry our own cloth bags,” says Sheila Christian, Activist and Member, National Society for Clean Cities.

During the rains, rooftop filters can be used to directly store rain water that can be purified and used for many household purposes.

Water saving aerators can be installed on every tap to control the flow of water. With each water saving aerator, one can save 80% of water. Individual homes can use drip irrigation for small gardens and even terrace gardens,” suggests Udyam Gokhale, Co-founder, Ira Sustainable Water Solutions.

Here’s How You Can Start Living A Sustainable Life:

  • Take shorter showers to reduce water use. This will lower your water and heating bills too.
  • Carry a reusable water bottle, preferably steel/aluminium and use water filters to purify tap water and refill.
  • Car pool whenever possible.
  • Recycling old cellphones, computers and other electronic items. Electronic waste contains mercury and other toxins that are hazardous to the environment.
  • Reduce the frequency of washing vehicles and shift to waterless techniques like wet wiping that uses less than a bucket of water per car.
  • Use natural and organic materials instead of soaps, detergents and cleaning products. Chickpeas flour, baking soda, vinegar, lemon, tamarind etc can be used as alternatives.
  • A composting bin lets you reuse your organic waste and create natural compost for plants.
  • Replacing the regular light bulbs and tube lights with LED/CFLs can effectively reduce 75% consumption of energy and last up to 10 times longer.
  • Turning off the main switches can save a lot of energy. The devices connected may be on sleep mode yet, they consume power. Unplug appliances when not in use.
  • Put the air conditioners on ‘auto-cool’ mode to reduce electricity consumption.
Loveleen Kaur

Loveleen Kaur

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