From Fashion to trash, endless ways to live a sustainable life.Jul 05, 2019
It is the month of July and the #plasticfreejuly is doing the rounds on social media. Unlike other hashtags, this one is not just a trend and needs to be followed through for the entire year, every year. Because, unless we start paying attention to our choices and start acting responsibly, we will soon come face to face with very grave situations, some of which have already started showing up in our oceans, lands and waters.
Responsible fashion choices
The fashion industry is a major contributor towards startling levels of pollution in the world. Clothes are a necessity for all of us but practicing responsible fashion is also equally a necessity. Here is how you can choose to minimise the adverse impacts of fashion.
People throw away clothes for various reasons ad only one of the reasons is that the clothes are at the end of their lifecycles. There are many brands that upcycle all other kinds of clothes that have been discarded without being used to the full potential. Look up for these brands and buy your clothes here instead of at a regular shop. Also, many clothes-swap events take place regularly in all cities. Keep an eye out for these and participate. Most importantly, instead of disposing your clothes by throwing them into the bin, find out ways to donate them to brands that can give your clothes an extension of life either in your own wardrobe or in someone else’s.
- Know where your clothes come from
Ask the question of ‘where do my clothes come from?’ to the brands from where you buy your clothes. Make sure that your clothes are made by people who are ethically grounded and from materials that are responsibly sourced. Buying clothes made from natural fibres and made through the process of slow fashion is always the best choice to make.
- Invest in quality clothes
Make sure that the clothes you buy will last for years and are of good quality. Always choose longevity and durability over latest trends and looking good on social media posts. This way, you will end up buying lesser, disposing lesser and thus creating minimal waste with your clothes.
Giving up one-time plastics
One-time-use plastics are the worst kind of plastics because all the resources that are used to manufacture it go waste in an instant when we use the products for a very short period of time and then dispose them into waste where they sit forever and pollute natural resources. It is a vicious cycle and only giving up these kinds of plastic products can break the cycle. Products such as disposable plastic water bottles, polythene covers, plastic straws, etc should be replaced by more sustainable options such as metal water-bottles, cloth bags, steel straws, etc.
Getting waste disposal right
Waste is a huge problem as the amount of waste is increasing exponentially each day and there are no ways to treat and process them properly. Most of the waste goes to landfills or is burnt up. In both these cases, it causes a lot of pollution and poses a big risk to the people in the surrounding areas. One way to make this problem solvable is to segregate waste and send non-biodegradable waste to recycling plants. Waste segregation has to start from our homes for this to happen. Also, you can go one step ahead and compost your waste using either natural methods or solar powered machines and generate fertilisers from your waste and thus have a cyclical system of sustainability right at your home.
Using resources sensibly
Natural resources such as clean air, water, etc are precious in these times of increasing pollution and we must use resources very carefully. We must instil in ourselves the inherent values of conserving water, nurturing greenery and avoiding any contribution to polluting our surroundings.