Less Plastic Lifestyle. Changes we make in our daily lives and habits. Plastic is practically present in every part of our lives. There are so many simple ways to use less plastic when we take a moment to stop to question whether it is really needed?
Individuals have ample power through the choices they make as consumers.
We can demand for less plastic products and packaging through our purchasing choices. *We can do this by talking to others about the reasons why we buy products with less plastic. We can make people participate in different big and small initiatives to solve the problem.
So, what changes we make in our daily lives and habits to reduce our contribution to wide scale plastic pollution.
Question yourself- “Can I live without them? Or discover alternatives, that supports or use less plastic instead. For example,
you could switch plastic sauce bottles for glass ones.
Instead of using cling film to keep leftover food fresh, put it in a container or bowl or old tiffin in the fridge. There is really no need to use plastic cling film, apart from habit.
Avoid excessive food packaging: Local market, greengrocers and supermarkets offer loose fruits and vegetables.
Choose unpackaged options wherever possible to cut your plastic use. Buying with this habit reduces food waste as you can buy what you need rather than the pre-packaged amount. It’s often pocket friendly also.
Swap disposable for reusable: Whenever you are going to a coffee shop or take away joint, try to carry a reusable cup with you. Otherwise invest some time and demand for a ceramic cup for serving. Relax and enjoy your coffee there.
If you know that you will be needing water, when you are out, take water in a reusable bottle from home.
While you are out shopping, carry your own bag. Request the counter, you don’t even need their fancy bags with their name on that, because practically you will not use it again.
Try plastic free cleaning. White vinegar diluted one part with three parts warm water makes a cheap, effective natural surface cleaner. Avoid the need to purchase plastic cleaning bottles. But, please buy vinegar that comes in glass bottles.
Say no to plastic straws: When you are going for a drink/ refreshing juice refuse plastic straws. Even for kid’s party look for plastic free alternatives.
Stop buying balloons now onwards. They are really very hard to decompose.
Less Plastic Lifestyle
Don’t throw the reusable plastic items that you own presently. Just avoid buying new plastic things, if there are eco friendly options available.
Follow these simple ways, to start contributing towards cleaner Earth.
Please join us in this change,share your no plastic daily journey by tagging @happyheart_forever in your Instagram posts, and using the hashtag #lessplasticdaily
Changing lifestyle for bigger change. We can make the difference. Why we HAVE to change our lifestyle and support No plastic movements?
Plastic debris affect nearly 700 species worldwide through entanglement and ingestion, alters natural biological and chemical processes, provides a means for the introduction of toxins into the food web.
WHAT’S THE PROBLEM:
Scientific studies indicate that an emerging threat faces our freshwater and marine ecosystems: Plastic pollution. Since plastics are cheap, versatile and strong Deliver significant societal benefits It comes as no surprise that plastic production has increased exponentially since the 1960’s. If current practices continue as usual, by 2025 there could be 1 ton of plastic for every 3 tons of fish in the ocean.
That means we are talking about just 6 years in the future.
And calculating the years was shocking to me. I have to do something at my level. We should all do something. We can all take some small steps. Every little step will be of much significance.
Plastics consist of a variety of synthetic organic polymers and additives, giving each plastic product its unique properties. Plastic is generally split into two categories: micro and macro plastics. Microplastics are smaller than 5mm, found throughout the water column and comprise 95% of the plastics in the ocean. Not readily seen, they receive less attention than macroplastics, which are visible pieces of debris, larger than 5mm, and usually found on surface water or coastal beaches.
Starting small but effectively. Changing lifestyle for bigger change.
If you are with me, in this journey of making little changes in our life styles, then let’s begin.
Changing lifestyle for bigger change.
Let’s start easy: These are the first few changes you can do to your lifestyle. This doesn’t affect your routine nor consumes time, on the other hand, it saves your money and saves our planet from our share of plastic.
1. Say NO to plastic bags.
About 365 plastic bags pass through the hands of a single consumer each year. By switching to reusable bags, you can make a huge impact.
Stock up on a variety of bags made from natural materials like cotton and canvas and keep them stocked in a basket by your door, in your car, in your work bag – basically make it so you’re never without a bag in case of a last-minute purchase or errand run.
2. Stop buying disposable paper towels.
Paper towels are one of those items that most of us find convenient, but are completely unnecessary. If we reduce the number of paper towels used per day, we will save pounds of paper waste each year. Now imagine if you got rid of paper towels completely.
Get yourself a stack of reusable and washable rags to do the dirty work. You can even make your own cleaning rags by cutting up old t-shirts or bath towels that are too stained to wear or use for bathing anymore.
It is a doable step, in our setups? Isn’t it.
If you use paper towels in your bathroom to dry your hands, simply replace it with a hand towel. Easy!
3. Learn to let your fridge go empty.
Have you ever lost track of a piece of fruit or a vegetable in the back of your jam-packed produce drawer and only discovered it a few weeks later due to the rancid rotting smell? Losing track of the perishable food in our refrigerator is a big contributor to our individual food waste.
Use this trick: don’t buy new food until you’ve eaten almost everything perishable in your fridge. By letting your fridge go nearly bare, you’ll be able to see exactly what you have and won’t lose track of anything. Rather than thinking about what you want to eat and buying food based on that, look at what you currently have and figure out what you can make with it that sounds appetizing.
Less trips to the grocery also means less money spent on food.
4. Skip the plastic straw.
WE use plastic straws which for the most part, are completely unnecessary!
Next time you’re eating at a restaurant, before you order anything, inform your waiter that you’re straw-free table. Or get yourself a reusable bamboo or stainless steel straw if you like to sip from one, or get a cold drink to-go.
5. Learn to say “no”.
One of the easiest ways is just say “no”.
Say “no” to unnecessary purchases, say “no” to free gifts with purchase that you don’t actually want, say “no” to that piece of plastic-wrapped candy in the snack drawer at work, say “no” to disposable drying towels in the bathroom and shake your hands dry instead.
6. Avoid plastic water bottles and single-use coffee cups.
Getting yourself a reusable water bottle and coffee cup is one of the most simple ways to avoid plastic. Plus making coffee at home and taking it in your cup with you, or filling up a bottle of water for free instead of buying a new bottle each time you’re thirsty, will save you lots of money in the long run.
Follow these 6 simple ways, without any extra effort to start contributing towards cleaner Earth.
Please join us in this change,share your no plastic daily journey by tagging @happyheart_forever in your Instagram posts, and using the hashtag #lessplasticdaily #happyheart_forever !
Reduce plastic pollution. We need positive parenting to reform lifestyle for a bigger change.We are educated and a responsible citizen. I made some rules for myself to reduce my plastic footprint. Not using plastic bags, straws and plastic tumbler were part of my lifestyle for many years. Plastic bottles had been on that list too. But I have failed occasionally. I am trying to give the same habit to my kids. And what better occasion to do the same than now. The whole nation needs to make changes in lifestyle.
This is my call for action, to every parent. Let us together give our kids some lessons for better lifestyle. Let’s help them build better habit.
Presently, Indian government is running a campaign to make India plastic-free by 2022 and has stressed on strengthening plastic waste management and recycling ecosystem in the country.
The ‘Plastic Waste-Free India’ anthem has been produced by Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya Smriti Manch (PDUSM), a non-profit organisation which claims to be working on various social and environmental issues.
Let’s become active participants by bringing small changes in our lives.
Greenpeace.org are calling on people around the world to create a “Million Acts of Blue” — actions to push retailers, corporations and businesses to reduce single-use plastic.
According to them it is going to take commitments both large and small to tackle the scale of the current plastic pollution crisis, and we all have a role to play. Every action to reduce single-use plastics sends a message to the industry that it’s time to change. Single-use-plastic products are used for a few seconds but pollute our planet for a lifetime. We can no longer allow that.
We have all seen heartbreaking images of beaches covered with plastic waste and animals’ stomachs full of it. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed and frustrated that in .
Every single visit to market makes me confused on what more can I do to reduce the use of plastic from my life and eventually do a little pay back to Earth.
Plastic products are all around us. The people controlling the machine won’t turn it off!
Why me, you and our coming generation?
Practically, some organisations, government body or few groups of volunteers can’t do the work. Every individual should become a part of this effort. Government will not come to our house to make things right. We can get better by making some changes in our mindset and lifestyle.
🌍We believe in a world where the land, sky, oceans, and water are home to an abundance of life. Earth where the air we breathe, the water we drink and the food we eat is free of toxic by-products. We should give the same to our younger generation. An earth free of toxic by-product of plastic pollution. It is an ambitious plan, but with our passion, collective intelligence and participation, it is possible to rise to opportunities for change and make this vision a reality.
If you are still reading, that means, we share the same mindset. Let’s make it happen. In my next few posts I will share with you intense searches, that I have done. It was before setting my mind on why and how to proceed on this journey of changing some habits for a bigger change. Bag your opportunity.
Follow these simple ways, to start contributing towards cleaner Earth.
Please join us in this change. Share your No Plastic Daily journey by tagging @happyheart_forever in your Instagram posts. And using the hashtag #lessplasticdaily !
Let’s learn some precious life lessons from the project Rahul got at his school.
“Rahul,when is your science project submission date. “ “Mumma, it’s next Monday, we still have a week to finish.” ” Rahul, ask your classmates today, what are they making.” ” Why, Mumma?” “Because, your’s should be the best.”
“Rahul, did anyone deposite their project?” “Yes, some have done. When will we do our project?” ” Don’t worry, I am there.”
(Saturday evening, after school)
” Rahul, don’t go for playing today, we have to do our project.”
“Rahul, no playing, we have to decorate our project, it should look the best.”
(Monday, in school)
Teacher: ” Congratulations everyone, for finishing your project works on time. Please come and explain about your project.” Indeed Rahul’s project was well designed and presented.
But was it needed?Now let’s look at the unseen part of it, to learn our precious life lessons.
Tuesday 2:00 pm, Sarita, Rahul’s mom, had finished all her work, googled all the possible topics for son’s project. She made a list of all the projects, which they can do. Wednesday, she called some of her friends and relatives to enquire for the best topic to make the project. Then, struck off the common topics from her list. Thursday 2:00 pm, she deleted the topics that were done by Rahul’s classmates. Friday she collected all the requirements. Saturday 2:00 pm, she arranged every thing to one place.Night, Sarita sat with Rahul, after finishing her daily chores. Rahul was sleepy by 11:00 pm so Sarita finished some portions, just to help Rahul.Sunday, They sat again, this time they had to hurry up. Sarita helped him, by finishing most of his work. Rahul’s work was not very neat, so Sarita did the finishing tough to the project.They finished it on time.Monday, Rahul was feeling proud as he was praised by one and all.
Such a happy ending to the story of making a science project.
You all might not like it, but the answer is NO. A big NO. Was Sarita student of that class? The answer is again NO.
NO. A big NO
Precious life lessons
You can replace mother in this story with father or any other elder. Parent’s mindset puts so much pressure on the learning of the child. It is not Happy parenting. By helping child in work, school projects we are not giving them precious life lessons or stress free childhood. If they do not learn their life lessons, they will not be able to cope up with the ups and downs in life. As long as the effort is done by anyone other than the person it to was meant be, the effort is useless. It’s not that a child of any age can do their work all alone. I am just saying,
BE THE GUIDE, DON’T BE ASSISTANT.
Help him by questions like,
what do you think should be our topic?
From where can we get the informative material?
Will you just collect some information, then, we will together discuss on the best doable topic.
Can you collect the required material, that we have at home, make a list of things we need to buy or arrange.
And many thought provoking questions like this. Let it be your child’s project.
And most importantly, it is not required that it appears best, it should solve it’s purpose the most.
Haha, as a mother, I know, it is tough to control ourselves from taking over the task, but have patience, it is possible.
And believe me, as a teacher, I can assure you, their teacher will like it more, when it is done by your child and not you.
Please make every small experience, a precious learning for life.
P.s. By making a project by his own, our child is taking small steps towards learning to handle his life. If you agree to this thought, please like, comment, share and follow. And also comment if you disagree at any point.
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My hobby is gardening, and it reminds me of my Happy childhood. That is why the season of rain, greenery brings more joy to me. I love watching plants grow. I feel joyful when around lush greens. When plants get best environmental conditions they grow and flourish well. By profession, I am a preschool teacher, so I am always around lots of energy and positivity. I enjoy their cute questions, observations, their unique understanding of the world around them. They smile back, if they get one as greetings. I love watching toddlers grow and get ready for their formal schooling. Happy childhood is all about joy and happiness.
Let’s give them a Happy childhood
It is July, season of rain. Best time to plan, design, redesign, shift, your terrace, kitchen garden, balcony, front garden,back yard or any other place that you have.
It also best time for the Nursery owners and farmers to plan for upcoming season.
It is July, also season for School admissions. Best time to plan admitting your 2-3 years old to his very first play school, shifting a 6 years old to a formal school, shifting a primary student to a middle school because you think the other school will do justice to your child, shifting a ninth grader to a school which provides better preparatory classes for tenth and higher studies, shifting your confused and still adjusting adolescent to coaching centres that produce a batch of adults with tired minds.
It is also best time for parents to choose best subject for their eleventh grader, because, in present parenting style, parents think their child is good at their choice of subject, and that very subject will decide the fate of your child.
It is know fact, we, the parents know it all. We everytime know what is best for our child. We even know which are their choice of subjects. And we think it is part of giving them a Happy childhood
Ok, let me not confuse you, with these long and complex sentences. Let’s just consider one part at a time.
Coming back to our gardeners, they put seeds first in green house, in seedling trays. They make the environment suitable for these seedlings, so they could grow properly.
Similarly, we admit our toddlers to homeschooling, a playschool or priprimary school setup. Yes, it is true that play schools, Preschool and Preprimary schools are places which are designed keeping in mind the learning requirements to this age group. It provides separate setup, separate set of teachers, who are smiling, motherly and most importantly soft spoken. The curriculum also gives these schools the liberty to do things at a pace which is not too tiring for the child.
Just imagine if the gardener decides to put some of the seedlings in to the open garden area, within 15 days of their life. Nature is very kind, they will still grow. Gardener, might feel happy, that he has saved his time by shifting the seedlings early. But will this not put some stress to these seedlings? Gardener could have avoided that harsh Sun or heavy rains for few more days.
As parents, we have made plans for our child’s future, a timeline set for everything in their Happy childhood.
Some parents come to our Kindergarten school, trust us, follow the age criteria and admit their child accordingly.
Some parents come to us with better plans.
” Mam, my child is 2 and a half years old, but I know she is very active, so I request you to please admit her in a class higher than her age group.”
To this, we as teachers tell them, that it will just lead to alot of stress to your child. School will be a new place for her to adjust to. On top of that if she is admitted to a class where all the other children are one year elder to her, she will have to adjust and cope up with that batch. A batch which is physically and mentally one year elder to her.
Some parents agree to teachers point of view and some don’t.
This lengthy writeup is addressed to all those who do not agree to our request.
Trust me on this, at this early years of life, this difference in mental age counts.
Imagine, at this prewriting age first day of school, girl is sitting in a class learning to hold a pencil in her grip, where everyone else has mastered the prewriting strokes.
Oh! this is not enough, she will be doing some extra effort at home to hold pencil and learning to write, because, parents want her to catch-up with the class too.
Homework pressure, and peer pressure at this age is too much to handle for a child.
PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE
Be the patient Gardener, give your child, his time to grow.
Don’t be the gardener who just wanted to shift his seedlings in hurry.
DON’T SAVE YOUR TIME, BY STRESSING A CHILD.
SAVE YOUR CHILD, BY STRETCHING HIS CHILDHOOD.
I wish this message of positive schooling and Stress-free childhood reaches every parent. Every one deserves a stress-free happy childhood. If you support this philosophy of extending childhood years, please like, share, comment and follow.
We think we are doing it right. And the same situations comes many times. We unknowingly become hindrance to the growth of our child. And he has to face a lot of peer pressure. It repeats in school during the classes and at home. Children get homework, assignments, project work and many more activities for which student needs some guidance from parents. Let’s make their project solve the purpose, for what it was meant. Many times we as parents don’t do the way it should be done. To know common mistake that we do get for project work , please follow link: https://happyheartforever.com/2019/07/14/make-it-precious-not-beautiful/
Happy childhood is the best gift.
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