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Things you are doing WRONG that is harming Environment (and how can you avoid them)

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10 Things that you are doing wrong which is harming the environment.

In our present society, everyone is moving faster. Nobody has time to think about anything apart from their lifestyles, especially the impact of the everyday things that they are doing on environment. Here is a list that’ll let you know of the things that you are doing wrong which is harming the environment.


1.Purchasing packaged water

How many times have you purchased a new water bottle while going out for a vacation? And how many such bottles have you tossed into garbage till now? 50? 100? Or 1000s? Do you know that in a single minute almost one million bottles are bought globally, and most of them are thrown in open dumps and garbages that are not even recycled. That means around 43,000 million plastic bottles per year. Don’t you think this is enormous? Also, according to a study done by State University of New York at Fredonia, bottled water was observed to have microplastics in it which goes inside our bodies with each drop we drink. That means plastic bottled water are not only harming the environment but also our bodies.

The best way to avoid plastic packaged water is to get your personalised steel, copper or glass water bottle.

How can you avoid this : The best way to avoid plastic packaged water is to get your personalised steel, copper or glass water bottle. You can easily refill them from any place. And you will always stay away from deteriorating your health and will positively contribute in saving the environment.


2. Using disposable cutlery

Use of disposables for serving food in functions, parties, gatherings, events and social meets is no doubt handy and cost effective. But most of the disposable items are made up of plastics and styrofoam (thermocol). And they end up in creating tonnes dumps in a single day. If you are also using the plastic or styrofoam cutlery then you are no doubt harming the environment.

If you are also using the plastic or styrofoam cutlery then you are no doubt harming the environment.

How can you avoid this :

There are many alternatives to plastic disposables. In India many innovative biodegradable technologies have been evolved providing creative solutions for non-decomposable wastes. You can use bagasse products created by Pappco Greenware, or edible cutleries by Bakeys, or bamboo disposables, or can buy local leaf plates.

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3. Taking plastic bags from each purchase

How many times have you taken a plastic bag to carry your purchase from a shop? That’ll definitely be always! Do you know how many plastic bags have you already dumped in the trash or held in your house for reuse? And that’ll be 1000s. India’s daily plastic waste generation is around 25,940 tonnes which is unaccountably enormous. Every plastic which is below 40 micron standard is non biodegradable means it can never get decomposed not even in 1000 years. Also using such low grade of plastic can cause cancerous diseases.  

How can you avoid this :

Avoid getting free plastic with you every time you purchase something by carrying a cloth bag as a spare in your bag or purse. Plastic bags can be easily replaced by cloth or jute bags.


4. Keeping your electronics (TV, Laptops, WiFi, AC, microwave etc.) on standby

This is a favourite hobby of many people around the country. Do you know that any electronic device put on standby mode do draws electricity? Generally a device uses 1-2 watt on a standby mode and in a long term use, the total contribution of the standby mode can be upto 22 percent of the actual consumption of that device. This is no doubt a significant proportion. Wasting electricity for keeping your devices on standby is no smartness.

Generally a device uses 1-2 watt on a standby mode and in a long term use, the total contribution of the standby mode can be upto 22 percent of the actual consumption of that device.

How can you avoid this :

Always switch off devices once you have used them. Become smart in reality. Also, switch off extra electric bulbs when not in use. Teach your children and family members to do the same. This is a small step towards an environment friendly society.


5. Using disposable sanitary products and kid diapers

Using sanitary products is a necessity for women. Almost every woman use disposable sanitary napkins, most of which are made of plastics and non-biodegradable materials. According to a data, out of 336 million women and girls menstruating in India, 221 million use disposable sanitary pads which contribute to over 9000 tonnes of waste annually. This is an enormous contribution by women just because of the hempty trade of sanitary napkins that is harming the environment.

According to a data, out of 336 million women and girls menstruating in India, 221 million use disposable sanitary pads which contribute to over 9000 tonnes of waste annually.

How can you avoid this :

Menstruation is a part of a normal woman life. Using a sanitary product is a necessity. But using a plastic based pad is not a good choice, not only for you but also for the environment. There are numerous alternatives in the market now-a-days, menstrual cups being one of them. They are made of silicon and are comfortable to use. I highly recommend them. You can also use washable cloth pads along with menstrual cups. Go girls! Don’t think twice for a positive change.  


6. Eating non-veg food

Yes! You heard this right! Non-vegetarian food habits contribute in a lot of damage to the environment. In order to deal with animal meat demands, crop fields are cleared to rear the animals, they are fed with cereals and grains that could otherwise feed 8.7 billion people worldwide; also they consume thousands of litres of water per day which can otherwise be used for other productive purposes. Moreover adapting a vegetarian diet makes a person achieve a higher consciousness level in life. It’s hard for non-vegetarians to accept the truth but when it comes to a contribution towards betterment of our mother earth, shifting your diet to raw eating proves out to be the best of all.

adapting a vegetarian diet makes a person achieve a higher consciousness level in life.

How can you avoid this :

Just stop eating non-veg! Many people across globe eat non-veg for it’s taste. If you are one of them then it would be easier for you to shift to vegetarian foods that taste almost same. If you consume meat for proteins and healthy diet, then I must say that it’s just a myth that a good body can be obtained only from animal meat. There are many vegetarian body builders and fitness icons including Dominick Thompson, Nimai Delgado, Korin Sutton and many more. You can take inspirations from them. You can also have a look on a motivational book for transforming into a vegetarian – Raw Guru by Philip Clegg, which has guided vegetarian diet plans and every logic behind them to attain a holistic life.

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7. Dumping recyclable things in same garbage bin

A common mistake done by almost every person is dumping every kind of waste into a single trash bin. If you are doing this, then definitely you are not doing any good but harming the environment. The trash that you dump is full of every kind of waste that is sorted at the dumping sites, which requires heavy machines and man power. You can easily contribute in reducing the load of machines by being aware of dumping your waste. Your waste contains recyclable and non-recyclable items, which should be sorted at home. The recyclable waste includes paper, glass bottles, plastic, metals, electronics.

You can easily contribute in reducing the load of machines by being aware of dumping your waste.

How can you avoid this :

Buy at least three different coloured trash cans. Label one as ‘PAPER’, second as ‘GLASS’ or ‘METAL’, whichever you find suitable and third as ‘PLASTIC’ or other waste. You can add more bins for sorting other type of wastes like biodegradable, electronics, etc. according to your needs. Make a habit of sorting wastes at individual levels. Teach your kids and family about waste sorting. Empty your bins periodically. You can ask raddiwala or recycling facility near your place. Even you can put a mini dustbin in your car to avoid littering on the road.


8. Using ‘Use & Throw’ pens

Pens are integral part of a student’s life. Most of the students, who are studying and writing a lot, use disposable ball or gel pens. They use and then toss them into the dustbins. Imagine how many pens you might have thrown away till now and how much of waste it would had generated from a whole city. Yes! If you are using ball pens you are definitely harming the environment.  

Most of the students, who are studying and writing a lot, use disposable ball or gel pens. They use and then toss them into the dustbins.

How can you avoid this :

The best thing to do is to switch from a ball pen to refillable fountain or ink pen. This is a simple change, ecofriendly and cost effective. In Kerala, a campaign against the use of plastic pen was started in 2017 which resulted in a huge reduction in plastic waste generation. We too need to get aware to reduce our footprints on environment.


9. Driving your car for short distances even when alone

The common mistake almost every car owner does is driving a car only for him/herself especially for short distances. This does look practical for some people but is certainly harming the environment. Everytime the ignition of the car engine starts, more of CO2 enters into the environment contributing in the global warming, about which everybody is aware of. If you are also doing this, then you are definitely contributing in the global warming.

Everytime the ignition of the car engine starts, more of CO2enters into the environment contributing in the global warming, about which everybody is aware of.

How can you avoid this :

Stop taking your car for small distances. Walk to small distances, start car pooling or take a bicycle. Young generation can use different modes like bicycle, roller skates or skateboards (why not everyone’s using them in developed nations).


10. Purchasing packaged food

Those irresistible chips and cookies, definitely satisfy our tongues, but with eatables they do come along with a plastic wrapper. These wrappers end up making tonnes of trash that you can find littering around any corner of your street. A major portion of any garbage dump are the plastic wrappers which is definitely harming the environment.

Those irresistible chips and cookies, definitely satisfy our tongues, but with eatables they do come along with a plastic wrapper. These wrappers end up making tonnes of trash that you can find littering around any corner of your street.

How can you avoid this :

Control your eager to feed your tongue. If you can’t entirely ditch eating junk food, you can reduce the consumption. Like from eating everyday you can switch to weekly or monthly treats. This can also help you contribute in saving environment.


So, this was my list of 10 Things that you are doing wrong which is harming the environment. I hope this post helped you to be more sustainable and a positive contributor to our mother earth.

Do let me know in the comments, how many of these things you are doing right and how many will you adapt!

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