What comes to your mind if you hear about Kathmandu? Lately, apart from all the good things, all I can come across is waste piling up everywhere. We seem to be disgusted and fed up seeing trash all around the city.
But we also need to be aware that we are the ones that created this mess and luckily, we can start today to narrow down the waste we create and make Kathmandu clean and green for a better and sustainable future.
Time has changed. As we are approaching more modernization, we seem to be disconnected from the environment. It’s likely to say that we care for the environment only on the 5th of June. We are educated but we seem to choose ignorance when it comes to saving the planet. The only thing we need to prioritize right now is saving the environment because sadly we do not have another livable planet.
It’s not about making an extreme change from the very start. You don’t need to because no one’s perfect. A small change in your habits can make a big difference. So why not start now? Therefore, I have listed down some points you can start with today.
4 Simple Tips to be Eco-Friendly
Say ‘NO’ to polythene bags
Plastic takes hundreds of years or even millions to degrade. And here, we’re offered polythene bags for every purchase we make even the smallest one. Why even bother denying it when it can be used for many purposes, right? It surely can be used to wrap things and for dustbin liners but it’s harming the environment. Your simple ‘NO’ can lead you towards making an effort for the environment.
Ever wondered what to do with plastic bottles, aluminum cans, glass, and unused electronic gadgets lying around your house? If you simply thought about tossing those items into a garbage can then it’s time to rethink and divert those waste to recycling centers instead of landfills. Startups like Khalisisi, PuranoKagaj, and Doko help you recycle your waste at your doorstep which is easy and hassle-free. You can also get some cash while recycling. Isn’t that amazing?
Most of our waste comes from the kitchen which mainly includes food scraps. As we are not very familiar with composting in city areas, we tend to throw away garbage can which eventually lands up in landfills creating methane-a harmful gas. We do not even consider composting as it is very tiring and time-consuming. But if you seem to be interested in composting you can just dig a hole in your backyard and start but if you lack space, you can buy a compost bin.
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Opt for second-hand items
We always want brand new items be it furniture, smartphones, or clothes. We rarely go for second-hand but only if we are on a budget. Wanting new things excites us but it is harming our environment. We need to realize that there’s nothing wrong with buying used stuff. It’s good to see people’s perceptions are changing about things. Thrifting is evolving and people seem to be interested in it lately. So why not thrift and have a wonderful experience. I bet you’d love it.
It’s just the beginning. Your small action can be very helpful. Just remember Earth is our only home.
Writer: Subekshaya Thapa