Over the few months I have been stressing a lot in my posts regarding the use of plastic bag in our daily life. Why I say ‘the use of daily life’?
Each year, an estimated 500 billion to 1 trillion plastic bags are consumed worldwide.
That’s over one million plastic bags used per minute.
Recently, England started charging their customers in Supermarket for the use of plastic bag. It was long over due. Denmark was the first country in 1993 to pass the law to charge customers for the plastic bag in supermarket. Even Finland tops the list for less plastic bag usage.
Ireland ans Scotland started charging long way back too and succeeded in reducing the usage by significant number.
I remember when I was in school in India, there was once a strong campaign against the use of plastic. If any student did a bad thing, he was punished to clean the sport ground by taking out the plastic bags. The ground was really dirty and mostly I and my friends had to do it sometimes. We liked it. It was better than attending Maths class.
(btw only guys cleaned it, girls were saint at that time – pun intended).
Now, living in Italy, where they charge 15 cents for the plastic bag, I take my own bag for last 10 months for shopping. I carry my laptop bag everywhere. You never know when you need to shop. I look like a nerd. Even people tell me that I am always with that bag but I sleep well knowing that I am using less plastic than I was using before.
There is a post where it says that by 2050 99% of seabirds will have plastic in their body system.
When Ireland started charging over the use of plastic bag, there was 90% reduction in the usage. So did Australia and it worked wonders for them. I wonder why India and China lack behind.
You know in India they put hot tea in the plastic bag to drink later on in office or back home? really unhealthy but good memories. I see loads of people carrying plastic bag in supermarket only to put it in their cars truck. Why can’t they use a trolley till their car parking to put the stuff inside? or keep a strong bag in the car for shopping in the future.
I am optimistic but with my own limitations but what a beautiful world will be without the plastic in the ocean.
Few days ago a friend of mine spoke about an app or in fact there is an fb page too or if I can continue this sentence with another platform in US where you can give away extra food to homeless people or to those who live in shelter, doesn’t that sound wonderful. Well, it is a reality and it is growing in a big way.
If you are going away on holidays and you have some stuff left which will be ruined in few days and you can finish it yourself ( because you just went out for a dinner with your friends and you leave early morning next day), all you need to do is to post this on fb or on the app on your phone and someone will come to pick it up. It could be any random person or a poor student living on a budget or a super rich dude who doesn’t like wasting food.
I love this idea. When you get to know that around 40% of the food gets wasted in developing countries like in India, I feel we should not waste the food on the plate. Either save it for next day or stuff it/swallow it until it finishes.
You have to consider yourself lucky. You are lucky enough to be born into a family where food was not in a short supply or you are hard working enough to earn good enough to afford whatever you want so WHY TO WASTE IT!
Even in the EXPO recently, they spoke about these tools to not waste food and give to someone who is in need.
If you can’t eat it, forward it!
Few weeks back I read an article.
Here it talks about the zero waste in four different cities in different countries. These four cities include San Francisco, Sweden ( every city in it apparently), Buenos Aires and Capannori.
Even though their effort should be appreciated and worth talking about, however, it concerns when when I read that they are actually burning all the waste. So at one side, these cities are not going to have any waste left ( Sweden actually imports trash annually from neighboring countries to feed its incineration plants) One way could be that the products they produce from now on should be 100% recycled or could be easily disposed without harming the environment. Sweden is without a doubt doing a great job of recycling or towards environment. When I went there for few days not only the air was super clean and so was the city. 99% of the Sweden’s waste is recycled. Fantastic right?!
But by burning this trash, they are emitting some harmful gases into the environment. Right?
Well not at least Sweden. They burn this trash and convert it into energy to hear their house during the winters.
So in Zero Waste a possibility? Yes, we are on our way.
Zero waste is a full-fledged movement today, one that is spreading from cities to states to countries as well as the corporate world. The cities above show just a fraction of the work that is happening, but represent a spectrum of approaches to the problem of waste. The biggest barrier is the shift that needs to happen in the mindsets of everyone who produces waste, which, of course, is all of us.