Repurposing and Upcycling can save you money and we all know the joy it brings.
I have loved creating stuff out of waste from early on in life. I used to think of ways to put old, abandoned stuff to use.
When we reuse things, we help a wee bit by not having the stuff dumped into the landfill.
This Native American Proverb “We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children,” sums our environment threatening lifestyle and how we must not take our planet for granted.
Using old clothes: Old clothes can be reused/repurposed or upcycled in multiple ways. I often keep old bed sheets, curtains, etc. to be turned into cloth bags. For past 3 years, on my son’s birthday I get these cloth bags made locally and give return gifts in them.
7 Eco-friendly switches one can make in their daily life.
Firstly let’s understand what eco-friendly is, Eco-friendly means something that is friendly to our mother earth, something that doesn’t harm the environment.
I won’t talk about being plastic free- that is too much to ask for!
Sadly we have come too far to go back. We all know single use plastic is not good for the environment and we all know that it is difficult to do without it.
Let’s not talk about what we can’t do, let’s take a look at what we can do.
Listing 7 easy eco-friendly things you can do to make a difference-
- Using bucket to take bath instead of shower –
When we use a low flow shower we end up using 3-5 liters of water a minute. Now, if someone takes a bath for at least 10 minutes they end up using 30-50 ltrs of water, could you believe that? While a bucket just uses 20 -25 liters of water and cleanses well as the water comes with greater force. Now when you take a bath, wash your face or brush your teeth just think about what you are doing to conserve water.
- Carrying your own cloth bags- This is a very simple and easy thing to do. Having a checklist while stepping out and including a large cloth bag in it can save you from bringing back home a plastic bag.
- Cut down Impulsive shopping (online and Retail) – Knowing your needs and wants and buying only what you need is the key. With buying things just at a click, rampant online discounts leading to impulsive buying and a surge to the sales of things that otherwise wouldn’t happen. Be mindful of what you are buying and not only will you save money, you will contribute in saving the environment too.
Let us read a small story by my friend Dr. Sonia Hemnani-
A young boy had a very good family and a number of wonderful people around, whom he did not care for or listen to. Whenever this boy was in need he would trust the random strangers, who he thought were the right people. One day all those strangers started avoiding him due to recurrent calling, which led to more frustration. Ultimately the boy broke down.
Moral of story – Trust what you have within you and around you.
Here the young boy is “you”; his friends are the ecofriendly bacteria which are already present in our body, the vital force, the calm mind, and the natural sources of building immunity, organic real food, required food and thought. Continue Reading