It is Valentine’s Day.
As a responsible household member, I was going through the garbage/trash that I was going to throw away out of my home. I already segregate wet and dry waste, so dry waste was my interest. Every day, when I throw out dry waste, my heart bleeds and feels for the Earth which is going to receive this, and I keep thinking how to avoid these from going out.
The majority of them are from the plastic material that comes from the retail stores – Pasta bags, strawberry can, chips packets, milk and oil covers and so on. And the remaining are the papers, tablets aluminum, paper bags, etc. I dutifully segregate dry waste every day, to see what I throw out – so that I hope that one day, I will be able to figure out how to prevent the ‘incoming’ garbage – from the retail stores, from the online e-commerce portals, from the pharmacy, and so on.
As I think about, retail stores are the major contributors to the waste, and most of it is plastic. The package industry needs a major overhaul and new way of thinking. But, no one seems to address it. The western thinking of ‘protecting’ stuff before delivery to customer has led to using these packaging materials, which end up in the garbage dumps.
As a consumer, I could do a few things to reduce plastic waste:
- Buy in bulk, so that micro-plastics that cannot be filtered from water systems can be avoided
- Buy loose items that are not packaged as far as possible
- Reduce consumption – buy what I need and not what I want
And, as an eternal optimist, I hope that one day, we will invent and start using the replacement for plastic!
Happy Valentine’s Day!