Creating a simple habit to say NO to single use disposables. It’s an idea that leads to an amazing understanding of our own consumption patterns. – Vani Murthy speaks
Why we need it
It has been a decade since I dived into trash😁 and the journey has been incredible. When we talk of garbage or trash it is about stuff that is at its “end of use” for us. It is something that we have to discharge out of our homes.
If a city like ours generates 5000 tons per day, you can very well imagine what happens to it and how it impacts our environment.
So the first step is to go back to our grandparents’ days when they lived the most sustainable way. Reuse was the mantra!!
All they used were steel plates, tumblers, spoons, cloth bags, reusable sanitary pads/ cloths, well-used cotton cloth diapers for kids, kitchen waste going to cows or getting composted and so on.
Today, with the increased use of single use disposables, we are seeing huge amounts of trash generated from get-togethers and events. So as a practice, me and many of my friends started carrying our own alternatives to disposables so that we could refuse single use disposables every time we encountered them.
A mindset or ignorance?
We found that using disposables was the new status symbol. People found it most convenient to ‘use and throw’ and never bothered to know or understand the impact of this practice on our health and the health of our planet.
What is renting cutlery and how does it work?
This prompted many of us to invest in a set of reusable steel plates, cups, tumblers and spoons. We began primarily to encourage family and friends to plan events without generating single use, disposable waste. I have a set of 50 that I lend for small celebrations and there are many people in Bangalore who have invested time and energy in running similar ventures.
Here are a few more pointers for when you need it. Look these up to rent for events in Bangalore.
Soil and health: You can rent a set with a lunch plate, snack plate, two glasses, and a cup, all in steel, for Rs.15. Each item is priced separately too if you need to customise the set.
Reuse Cutlery Bank: Started by KRPuram Rising, they offer steel cutlery free of cost. 65 dinner plates, 300 water / juice glasses, 100 snack plates, 80 sweet bowls, 100 spoons, 100 tea glasses.
Spill Savers: Rent entire dining sets, which include plates, bowls, spoons, water glasses, and even cloth napkins for parties and events.
Walk the talk
The more we talk about sustainable practices, the more we create awareness and that it turn helps us take action. The result is a better world for our future.
Share, if you know similar ventures, in the comments!