Welcome 2020

Where were you on New Year’s eve? I was on a plane to Vancouver after a two-week trip visiting my family and friends in India. In a struggle to find the cheapest tickets available, I ended up choosing the least eco-friendly option for my plane journey – the one with two stops.

Where will you be in 2020? I am in Vancouver, trying to improvise upon what I couldn’t in 2019. Calming down the critic inside me so that I can move forward with a renewed fervor for reducing not only my own impacts on the environment and people around me but also help others along the way.

An African proverb says, “It takes a village to raise a child.” The same applies for our planet right now. An entire community of people must interact with our planet for it to grow in a safe and healthy way. I hope our leaders develop new systems to make it easy for all of us.

Looking back at 2019, here are a few things I tried:

  • Just when the year came to an end I tried sanitary napkins made of cornstarch and bamboo fibers. After a few uses I got used to its comfort level. It’s relatively soft and thin, not the softest around though but not rough either.
  • Transitioned to a toothbrush made from bamboo. I have not reached the stage where I’d need to pluck the plastic bristles out of it.
  • Figured out how to dispose e-waste locally. I have moved several times in the past few years which makes it difficult to re-find systems.
  • Denied free plastic bottles offered by airlines as I carried a refillable glass bottle.
  • Planted herbs instead of purchasing herbs sold in discrete packets.
  • Carried a cloth bag wherever possible. Denied plastic bags offered by grocery shops.
  • Encouraged my tiffin provider to provide tiffin in reusable containers.
  • Purchased eco-friendly and local products when available. Resisted the urge to shop online on several occasions. Helped sell eco-friendly products.
  • Shopped at a zero-waste shop which was exciting!
  • Switched to bath bars.

Food and packaging waste, flying, and daily commute remain to be my biggest challenges.

How was your 2019?

6 thoughts on “Welcome 2020

  1. Thank you for being such a good Steward of the planet! It’s not easy in this day and age or we have been provided with so many conveniences, but produce so much waste.

    I don’t know if it will help, but an article I wrote years ago on measures we could employ as individuals to help the planet, I believe will help you. Keep up the great work!


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