Urban Resolution 2021

Resolutions are self promises for healthier and happier living. How about we extend this to substantiate for a more livable city and a better urban life?

Multilogue Collective™ came up with this initiative of Urban resolutions 2021. Here is my small step towards a better living.

Some sustainable goods I have switched to:

Say 'yes' to the Bamboo toothbrush~

Although plastic toothbrush consumption is not a pressing issue in today's world but it does contribute to environmental pollution. Most of us will use around 250 toothbrushes during our lifetime. And it is a lot of plastic! Switching to a bamboo toothbrush is manageable and easy; hence we can make this small change in our daily lives and move towards a sustainable living. I ordered mine from Rusabl. These are biodegradable toothbrushes made from Moso bamboos and disintegrate in just 6 months.

Choose the gift paper as wisely as you choose the gift!

Save interesting prints to wrap your gifts!

Wrapping a gift is the last thought we give and usually end up wrapping it in conventional plastic wrappers. Those glittery wraps find their way to the bin sooner than later. Get creative and wrap your beautiful gift in a Newspaper! It not only reduces waste generation but also looks pretty. Your gift will definitely stand out and will show how thoughtful you are! Add a colored ribbon or a simple newspaper origami to enhance the effect to that look.

Go classy with a Fountain Pen!

My companion giving strength to my words.

"Use and throw" pens are usually made from polyethylene and polystyrene that are not recyclable. We use these pens insensitively for a short period of time and throw them conveniently thinking of buying a new one. But if we think about the waste generated from this, that is supposed to stay in the environment forever will give us goosebumps. Nevertheless, for our rescue comes the fountain pen.

As I started using my fountain pen, I gradually built a relationship with it. I noticed, the more I used it, the more smooth it wrote. Now there's no looking back. I got inspired to use a fountain pen through this particular post that I saw on Instagram a few months back. https://www.instagram.com/p/CFo33CrpsFT/?utm_source=ig_web_button_share_sheet

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Ditch Tissues, Hello Hanky!

Reusing cloths, disposing old thoughts.

Surround yourself with people having a mindful lifestyle and you will naturally change your ways of living. One such friend of mine is Ar. Rujuta Chauhan. Apart from many thoughtful habits I picked from her, ditching tissue papers was the most convincing one. She has worked on a research paper related to this and to know more about it you can connect with her at rujuta.chauhan@gmail.com.

The manufacturing of tissue papers releases greenhouse gases in the atmosphere and the problem goes far beyond than that. Most of the tissues cannot be recycled; that is because of the reinforcements used in its making. Keep in mind the above facts the next time you grab a tissue. You can see the bizarre numbers of toilet paper usage here. Using a handkerchief is the wisest way to reduce the tissue waste. So I keep a pair of handkerchiefs in my bag whenever I step out.

Damn the plastic bottles!

No more drinking water from Plastic bottle!

A Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) report (2018-19) states 3.3 million metric tonnes per year plastic waste is generated in India. Nearly 50% of this plastic waste comprises of single use products like plastic bottles. It roughly takes 450 years for a plastic bottle to decompose in a landfill (i.e approx 6.4 average human life). Think about the number of plastic bottles we have consumed!

That thought is dreadful. Hence, I consider carrying my own reusable water bottle, wherever I go.

Some more Eco-friendly simple steps I follow:

  • Replacing Sanitary pads with biodegradable sanitary pads and I am thinking of shifting to use a menstrual cup soon.

  • Using eco-friendly personal care products like Khadi natural products, Vicco toothpaste, home-made lip balms, etc.

  • Avoiding plastic-wrapped chocolates and ice-creams.

  • Refraining use of plastic straws, cutlery, cups, etc.

  • Reducing meat consumption.

  • Refusing paper bills in restaurants, fuel stations and grocery shops.

Bottom Line

  1. Use your power of Mindfulness and start refusing, reusing, recycling and replacing.

  2. Don't shy away from getting creative and innovative while consuming products.

  3. Think twice, thrice or even four times before you make a purchase.

  4. Keep single-use products at bay and find alternatives to them.

So these are the little things I contribute to make the earth a better place and I vouch to get better. Adopting a conscious lifestyle is not only budget-friendly but mentally satisfying as well.

Further links to overcome the mental block if you have any~

  1. Why I live a zero waste life | Lauren Singer | TEDxTeen-https://youtu.be/pF72px2R3Hg

  2. https://yourstory.com/2017/06/two-indians-who-live-zero-waste-lives-share-tips-tricks-and-challenges

  3. https://swachhindia.ndtv.com/yes-possible-lead-zero-waste-lifestyle-take-cue-26-year-old-bengaluru-woman-9386/

  4. https://www.sustainablejungle.com/zero-waste/zero-waste-tips/#item%201