Is plastic good or bad? Depends on the user, really. Much like a knife can be used to save someone’s life, or take it forever.
Mr. MB Nirmal, Chief of EXNORA visited us to talk to us about the best way to handle the menace of plastic which we seem to be generating in millions of tonnes today.
His key messages were-
MINIMISE use of plastic
MAXIMISE reuse of plastic
MANDATORY recycling of plastic
So how exactly do you and I minimise use of plastic? Easy, carry your own shopping bags, think about the product you are buying and if it really needs that much packaging. Do you really need to buy a water bottle wherever you go? Maybe you can carry your own bottle and fill it up from home, or at water fountains depending on where you live.
Save plastic bags in a bag holder, or easier, fold them up neatly and stack them in a shelf. For people who are really really pressed for time, store a few plastic covers under your mattress. It saves space, and helps you reuse bags as well.
Since many countries have plastic recycling mechanisms, it’s easy to simply drop plastics in the right bin. The Corporation of Chennai, for the first time ever, has started a massive drive to collect plastics to use them for road laying. So Chennaites, all we have to do is keep aside plastic waste and empty it into the red bins once a week.
We’re leaving you with a thought:
When you buy something, ask yourself the following questions.
1. Do I really want this?
2. Do I really need this?
3. Can I afford it? Do I have enough to go out tomorrow and buy the same thing again?
4. Can I be without it?
5. Can I postpone buying it?
If we all asked ourselves these questions everytime, imagine how much our waste would reduce.
Posters coming soon! Stay tuned.