The new plastic ban across the city has given way to several new recycling practices. Environmental consciousness is at an all-time high and there is no time like the present to adopt sustainable living practices.
Here are a few easy ways to make apartments in Chennai a little greener!
Ditch the plastic
We have all seen the video of that hapless turtle struggling with a plastic straw up its’ nose. As convenient as plastic may be in our day-to-day use, it wreaks havoc on the environment. It is not biodegradable, which means it only breaks down into smaller and smaller pieces. However, an estimated 33% of any household plastic is used only once, and then thrown away. The first step to leading a sustainable life is being mindful about the way we use our plastic. Here is how we can do that:
Use milk bottles instead of milk packets
Get rid of disposable products
Take bags with you when you go shopping
Recycle your plastic, where possible
Use glass, steel, ceramic or terracotta utensils
Try to go straw-less
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Our city has seen several infrastructural advances which is the perfect reason to ditch your car and opt for public transport. In addition to lowering your carbon footprint, you will also find yourself saving money in the long run! When you have to use your car, try to carpool whenever you can, and use inflated tyres and drive slow.
Energy efficient appliances
Just like your mobiles and laptops, your appliances should also be replaced periodically. Using energy efficient appliances is not only good for the environment; but also your wallet! When you think of recycling, think beyond paper and plastic.
It is estimated that we discard 49.8 tonnes of electronic waste annually (old appliances, electronics, etc.) The next time you are due for an appliance upgrade, you can either give away your old ones or send them for a thorough breakdown.
Contrary to popular belief, organic farming is not a sham! Conventional farming is very heavy on chemicals that are in the ecosystem for decades and can sometimes pollute the surrounding water bodies and farmlands as well.
Organic farming is more sustainable in the long run for the environment and your body. Not to mention, organic fruits and vegetables are exponentially more nutritious than their regular counterparts.
It is estimated that over 88% of women use the wrong beauty products for their skin. By making the switch to natural and chemical-free personal care products, you are reducing the damage done to your body.
You can take it up a notch and make your own self-care products from the comfort of your home. In addition to glowing skin, you will also reduce the amount of chemicals you put back into the world.
What green practice is the easiest for you to introduce into your home?