Eight Easy Ways to Reduce Plastic Everyday

Plastic, short for pliable elastic, was invented in 1907 and contained no molecules of nature whatsoever, making it hazardous to the environment as it does not biodegrade like other natural substances. Within just a few decades plastic has managed to pollute our planet to a great degree by being falsely marketed to us as an inescapable part of our daily life. Little do we realize that plastic was popularized only in the 1960s and many of us had relatively plastic free childhoods. Here are some easy ways we can return to a greener lifestyle.

  1. Bring Your Own Bottle: We instinctively buy a can or bottle of juice or water when we feel thirsty outside but this habit can cost us our planet. Cans and bottles used in packaging beverages account for a majority of our plastic waste all over the world. According to this Greenpeace report on plastic, of the 480 billion plastic beverage bottles sold in 2016 alone, less than half were collected for recycling, and of that only 7 percent was turned into new plastic.. We can easily change our one behavior pattern and save the world, and our money, by simply carrying a durable and long lasting bottle of water from home whenever we set out. thirst-1474240_960_720
  2. No Unnecessary Disposables: We do not really need straws to sip liquids. Similarly we do not always require disposable shopping bags if we simply carry a spare bag with us. Electric razors could reduce plastic waste as compared to disposable razors. We could use cardboard applicators instead of plastic ones for tampons. Disposable plastic cups, spoons and stirrers can easily be replaced with regular mugs and durable cutlery. Better still, having our coffee at home could be great for our health, wallet and for the environment than cafes that serve us in disposable plastic. tea-3190241_960_720
  3. Go Micro-bead Free: Fine plastic beads in our toothpastes, exfoliating scrubs, shower gels, face wash and other cosmetic or personal care products are likely to be commercial gimmicks that are neither very helpful to our health nor good for our environment. As they go down the drain they contaminate our water bodies such as rivers and oceans threatening life and health by entering our food chain. According to this shocking report on micro-plastics, 80 percent of tap water all over the world is contaminated, Simply do not purchase products containing micro-beads.soap-dispenser-2337697_960_720
  4. Eco-friendly Grocery: While ordinary supermarkets have been selling plastic packaged food items, we also have fantastic organic farmers that home deliver fruits and vegetables to us in eco-friendly boxes and paper bags, as well as green grocers who sell whole foods without plastic bags and boxes. We can also use our own shopping trolley and say no when offered plastic bags at checkout. Reducing pre-packaged food in our diet is also great for our health as our bodies love fresh and raw produce. Eating fresh would also reduce the need for storing foods in plastic bags and zippers in the fridge.img-farming-riverfordbox1_big
  5. Beware of Hidden Sources of Plastic: Many people are surprised to know that some of the things we consume everyday, such as teabags and chewing gum may contain plastic which could be hazardous for health. Using a tea-strainer with loose tea, especially herbal infusions and getting rid of the chewing gum habit could be healthier and more eco-friendly.tee-592047_960_720
  6. Alternatives to Plastic Packed Toiletries: Most of us find it convenient to use plastic packaged washing products, however paper wrapped soap bars could minimize our dependence on plastic bottles, while natural alternatives such as Shikakai and Reetha (Soap Nuts) are considered great for hair and can also be sealed in a muslin cloth and tossed with our clothing in the washing machine for cleaning and a wonderful aroma in our linen too. Natural homemade products such as avocado pulp cream, banana mash face pack, olive oil for hair can be good alternatives to packaged brands. natural
  7. Be Natural: By having a simple, minimalist and spiritual lifestyle we can reduce our overall consumption of unnecessary cosmetics, hair products, plastic gadgets such as hair dryers, personal care brands and other lifestyle products that rely heavily on plastic packaging. By loving our natural hair, skin and healthy body and using less plastic we not only enhance our well being but make our planet more beautiful from within and outside. hair
  8. For Babies and Children: Many parents are trying cloth nappies instead of disposable ones, not only to save up on their expenses but also to reduce non-biodegradable waste as disposable nappies or diapers do contain plastic. Similarly glitter used in crafts and many stationery products such as pens and glue-sticks may contain plastic, the usage of which we can keep to a minimum by using pencils, eco-friendly glue and stationary. Many eco-conscious parents try to buy wooden toys instead of the common plastic ones for their children.toys-1705501_960_720

Seven Ways to A Better Earth

We all have witnessed fears concerning climate change owing to industrialisation, pollution and exploitation of earth’s natural resources, while wars and religious extremism have fueled political exploitation of land based on dogmatic justifications. While earth has suffered there is still a ray of hope if we can follow some of the paths of wisdom, peace and greater abundance.

  1. Spiritual Unity vs Divisive Religions: We have all seen that fear-based religion has merely been a tool used by some people claiming absolute power, religous superiority or authority to control land, resources and minds.  We can all awaken and see through this pattern so that we are no longer victims. Instead of blindly following religious texts that promote one specific deity over others and divide us against each other we need to be able to be at peace within ourself individually and to offer peace to each other through self-realization. Inner contentment and inner joy can help us refrain from fighting for worldly resources by understanding that we can all manifest a happier and abundant life through positive inner consciousness instead of submission to an outer religious precepts. free
  2. Life Purpose vs Jobs: Industrialization and material dependency was based on a fear that earth has limited resources and we all must exploit it to the maximum. Since childhood we were programmed to support corporate infrastructure where humans are more or less treated like robots and eventually replaced by AIs. In contrast when we awaken spiritually, we discover what truly gives us inner joy and happiness and switch to professions that fulfil us at deeper levels of creativity, wellbeing and peace. We see emerging professions of spiritual and intuitive nature focused on holistic health and natural lifestyle. Education could be more inner-focused than simply rote based on rule-based so that our kids learn how to understand themselves and manifest their own positive reality through better choices.kid meditate
  3. Simple Lifestyles vs High Fliers: The glamour of being millionnaires or celebrities led many of us to mindlessly imitate leaders of business, movie stars or politicians instead of looking within ourselves. A spiritual focus helps us get back to our real needs of peace, inner comfort, health and wellness. We need less of expensive brands, artificial makeup, fine-dining, fashion labels, lavish holidays, snobbish parties, sports cars or high-rises to give us satisfaction. We value and cherish a tidy home, healthy food, fresh air, clean water, healthy body, natural beauty, a happy heart and a peaceful mind. We can attract helpful people, social networks, friends, pets and colleagues around us who enjoy working and interacting with us based on our soul-purpose and higher consciousness. group yoga.jpg
  4. Natural Foods vs Processed Foods: Our main need for food is something that can be fulfilled through nature itself, yet we depend on corporations who give us processed and packaged foods that are not only harmful for health but also a strain on our finances and earth. We can all learn to grow some food at home or support our organic local farmers by purchasing healthy vegetables instead of depending on supermarkets that sell chemical and pesticide laden food, tinned or processed foods with harmful additives. Our spiritual focus gives us an intuition of well-being through which we are naturally drawn to healthy choices and pick up raw foods that improve our physical and mental fitness. A vegan lifestyle can additionally help us improve the condition of animals in our world so that we can stop cultivating them for being killed or exploited without  any real reason.rawfood
  5. Eco-Homes versus High Rises: Our cities no longer need to be turned to concrete jungles where people crowd to find corporate jobs. We can all live close to earth in eco-friendly homes where we have nature around us for meditation and wellbeing. A love for nature helps us develop a healthier environment which is less polluted or noisy. Country-life can be valued more than city-life. Solar power and green energy keep increasing in demand with coal based or petrol power reducing its monopoly. Homes need not be very large or expensive simply to project an image of power or prosperity. Instead we can have more spiritual townships where people follow more eco-friendly, less materialistic and peaceful ways of living in mutual harmony and cooperation.house-2616607_960_720
  6. Free Travel versus Polluting Vehicles: Traveling for long hours to and fro everyday simply to earn a living could be obsolete soon. The need to own a car can be reduced and public transport can be made less stressful if people can work from or near to their homes. This can be manifest through greater personal freedom and independence which can be an effect of spiritual lifestyles. We could also relocate to places of nature where we find our tribe and associate with positive people and work together for the common good. Walking or cycling could be the preferred transport option instead of polluting vehicles. In futuristic terms space travel could improve with free-energy instead of polluting energy.bicycle-788733_960_720
  7. Intuition versus Advertising: Our high cost of living is not due to the basic costing of goods but largely contributed due to corporate advertising and mass-media costs. As we discover our spiritual or heartfelt connection with the universe we depend less on traditional newspapers, television and mass-media that feeds us negative or unuseful data. Through inner self we feel more peaceful and stress-free. With people we make genuine interactions that further our higher purpose, we need not depend on corporate advertising to tell us how to live and what to buy as our intuition guides us. When lifestyle becomes less consumeristic and more natural we will  automatically see that most of our needs are met from within instead of outside, and consecutively our brain need no longer be attacked with constant advertising messages bombarded from all sources.crystal ball

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Eco-friendly News – Green Initiatives by Apple Inc, Cape Town Tuk-tuks and State of Arizona

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Tech Giant Apple Inc has started use of 80% recycled paper bags nd ditched its use of plastic bags. The note advises Apple employees to ask the customer if they would like a bag before giving them one. If Apple stores still have plastic bags in stock, they will use those before switching to the paper bags. Read the complete details on CNBC

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Tuk-tuks will soon become a common mode of transport in Cape Town. A tender has been issued for the provision of tuk-tuk public transport services. Preference will be given to bidders offering environmentally friendly tuk-tuks.there will be 80 operating licenses, according to the mayoral committee member for transport, Brett Herron who confirmed, ” Bidders with environmentally friendly tuk-tuks will therefore receive bonus points during the bidding process.” Read the complete details on BD Live.

Eco-friendly burials are on the rise in Arizona in the United States. Green burials can be done in a variety of ways. Generally, workers will place the deceased in a biodegradable container, such as a cardboard box, instead of a traditional coffin. The bodies are not embalmed, and they are not clothed with any material that is not biodegradable, such as rubber shoes or metal buckles. Alternatively, workers can shroud the bodies in different types of greenery to help the breakdown process. “It’s a choice that people are making,” said Bill Gabriel, the funeral home director and embalmer at Sunwest. “Unlike a traditional burial or cremation, this probably has the least effect on the environment, and it’ s a natural way of going back to the Earth.” Read the complete details on Cronkite News

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Eco-Friendly News -Green fashion from around the World

Leading Global brand H & M has unveiled a new collection of Wedding Dresses which are made from eco-friendly fabrics and are also quite affordable. These timelessly weave the latest trends with environment-friendly textiles. The designers reveal the aesthetic behind these creations – for traditionalists, a high-neck lace gown with long romantic sleeves created from organic silk and viscose. For unconventional free-spirited bohemian brides, art deco-like embellishments made of recycled mixed glass and rhinestones. Read the complete details on The Upcoming UK.

Shield your eyes from the Summer glare with sustainable glasses based in California. Woodwear which makes frames from zebra wood and bamboo. ZEAL optics uses plant-based materials such as castor bean oil, biodegradable acetate, and Ellume in all its sunglass frames and lenses. Dizm Eyewear features eye frames made from plant-based BioSan plastic, which is biodegradable, recyclable, compostable, and renewable. If you choose from its line of Eco lenses, those are also made from 50% renewable plant-based plastic. Browse through their designs and find the rest of the details on Tree Hugger.

At a recent Beauty Pageant, Miss Cheltenham 2016, the contestants had to show off dresses they had put together themselves out of recycled materials. The stand out contestant in this round was Jessica Hutchins and her dress made out of old ties which not only fitted her perfectly with an expertly formed shape to it, it also had a subtle and elegant colour scheme of blues and greens. Read the complete details on Gloucestershire Echo UK.

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Positive News Today – Eco-friendly cabins, mushroom packaging and polymer pillows

Austria based company Wongwagon has launched ‘eco-cabins’ which are just 25 square metres in space and made entirely from environment-friendly materials such as clay plaster, larch wood, sheep’s wool whivh provides insulation. The solar photovoltaic panels generate electricity while batteries at the bottom of the trailer conserve it for later use. The large windows maximise the use of light while water can be heated using the electricity of a stove. These cabins are quite versatile and can be used as homes, office space or even as travelling vehicles. Read the complete details on Next Shark.

IKEA recently announced its new ‘mushroom packaging’ as part of Green initiatives. Made from corn husks and other agricultural waste these boxes are made using mycelium and these boxes will naturally decompose even if they are just thrown out. An Ikea spokesman confirmed it was looking at working with Ecovative, adding: “We always look for new and innovative processes and sustainable materials that can contribute to our commitment. A spokesman for the retailer said: “IKEA wants to have a positive impact on people and planet, which includes taking a lead in turning waste into resources, developing reverse material flows for waste materials and ensuring key parts of our range are easily recycled. Read the rest of the details on The Sydney Morning Herald.

UK based Seddons Plant & Engineers Ltd has recently launched “Polymer Pillows” which can be used to remove harmful remnants of oil, petrol and diesel from polluted water within minutes. Designed to clean up or dewater areas such as bunds, excavations, trenches and manholes, Polymer Pillows are simply placed in contaminated water to remove hydrocarbons to non-detectable levels and prevent the release of contaminants or hazardous fluids into the environment. read the complete details on Pollution Solutions.

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Positive News Today: Green Initiatives in India

Kochi will soon have CNG (compressed natural gas) buses into the KSRTC fleet which will ensure a clean transport system in the State. The project which is being planned for introduction on a pilot basis, will continue to give people the option of an  environment-friendly transport mode. CNG buses are already functional in many Indian metropolitans including the capital New Delhi. Read the complete details on The Hindu

Schools in Dehradun & Mussoorie have started Green initiatives within the campus to combat the problem of waste disposal. E-waste stalls within the school, sensitization workshops hosted by NGO’s, help of specialized agencies are some of the implemented ideas. Additionally, the purpose of garbage segregation is being explained to kids in Kasiga School, Doon International School is planning to build a recycling plant and an NGO ‘Waste Warriors’ is conducting composting workshops in schools as part of the Microsoft “Create to Inspire” Educational Program. The Doon School has also set up an effluent treatment plant within the school premises through which waste water from boarding houses and the dining hall gets treated and is sprinkled in the school fields and used for gardening purpose. Read the rest of the details on Times of India.

A unique eco-friendly project is being set up in Hyderabad’s  Khammam District called “The Sitarama Project”. It has been designed to create an additional irrigation potential of 1.65 lakh acres, in addition to 3.33 lakh acres proposed under Rajivsagar and Indirasagar in Khammam district, with a bigger balancing reservoir to store 10 TMC ft water. This will ensure water supply for farming purposes as well as drinking water to villages. The project also aims at saving and preserving the Kinnerasani Wildlife Sanctuary from submergence.Read the complete details on The Hindu.

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Positive News Today – Eco Friendly Inventions

With the awareness of Climate Change and the effects of global warming, the World leaders and its people are waking up with ideas and inventions to save the planet. Here is a look at some innovative technologies the past week.

You can now live in an eco-friendly mobile home while on vacation with The Ecocapsule! ‘An egg-shaped green dwelling’ this home can be used to live amidst the mountains, beach or even the countryside. This battery-operated home minimises heat loss and also provides fresh water through rain harvesting. A compact & well-designed space of 27 sq ft, it provides all the basic needs for two people living or spending time in the outdoors.

Read more about its design and functions on Nagpur Today.

Next is The Envira Pod – a solar powered mobile classroom with zero carbon footprint, its made entirely or renewable resources. The experience of teaching and learning in this environment is that “humans are part of the problem as well as the solution”. Such an ambiance inculcates mindful living in kids.

Read more on Inhabitat.

Two young boys aged 14 from Dar es Salaam in Tanzania have  invented eco-friendly reusable “EnviroBags” for everyday life. These are a more sustainable option to plastic ones which pose a serious threat to the country’s environment. Their invention has garnered appreciation and support from the Tanzania government. Read the full story on Daily News Tanzania.

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Positive News Today – Stories fom Japan, Nigeria and Australia

Starting off the New Year 2016 on a positive note: here’s more positive news from around the globe!

  1. Read about Kamikatsu – A Japanese Town that which separates all its garbage in 34 different sections so that all the produced waste can be recycled. Its aiming to be “Zero Waste” by 2020. Read the full story here – Courtesy: One Green Planet

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2. Next is this inspiring story of a once illegal immigrant Anselm Okoukoni who journeyed to Greece, Italy, London and finally turned his life around by opening his own plumbing business after getting a genuine degree in plumbing, heating, gas and building services engineering. Today, he has a flourishing business in Nigeria where he employs 12 plumbers and 2 apprentices and pays them more than the minimum wage so that they remain motivated to learn the trade and grow as professionals. Read the full story here – Courtesy: NAIJ

3. Finally read about this amazing device called “Seabin” created by two Australians that collects all the garbage from the Sea on its own without harming the marine life. The USP of this invention is that it pumps out clean water which flows back into the sea, it works on its own 24/7 and its cheap! This device has already attracted a lot of financial investments and will soon be available in the market. Read the full story here – Courtesy: Skynews.

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