I proudly call myself a climate optimist because I think my actions can peacefully influence the world towards changing their way of life and lead a sustainable lifestyle.
My scuba diving or hiking in mountains bought me closer to the nature and made me realize how I needed to rewire or re-engineer myself in this man made world.
My Journey about zero waste started about five years ago. When I returned Bangalore to live with my mother, I started experimenting in my mums Kitchen. I used to make soaps using shikakai and reetha homemade products recommended by my grandmother like multani mitti for skin care, tried neem but didn’t like taste, started using my own cloth bag this way I started cutting down waste by finding sustainable solutions to my daily needs.
There was lot of research involved. I spent time with local waste pickers and watched them sort waste with their bare hands, which made me think about the environment and issues related to garbage.
I had to address this trash problem and wanted to stop being part of the problem.
I started my business venture Bare Necessities in year 2016, a social enterprise that produces zero waste personal and lifestyle products such as bamboo tooth brushes and stainless steel straws. Currently I have a 500 gms jar of all the trash produced in 4 years.
We also conduct many free workshops for government schools, online webinars. Where we raise awareness which leads to low waste lifestyles.
My book Bare Necessities co-authored by sustainability consultant Tim De Ridder addresses how to live a Zero waste life with easy DIYs and resources.
Living an eco-friendly life becomes a habit or part of your lifestyle so it’s tough to explain people why I carry my own straw, cutlery or containers. Action speaks louder than words so I believe in being genuine with my actions.
I believe changing our lives to zero waste living cannot happen overnight. Take one step at a time, start with any small corner of your house may be a bathroom or a kitchen and gradually turn into enormous help for humankind.
We care about our future generation don’t we? So as millennials be mindful of the way we’re living. Do whatever you can to be part of solution and take care of our mama earth!
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(Interviewed and written by Raavya Sarda)