Do We Have Fair Trade with Nature?
What is Waste?
Since childhood, I’ve learned only from nature. From nature’s perspective, there’s nothing called waste. Everyone’s ‘waste’ is a ‘wealth’ of some other elements of nature. But if you feel what you throw and discard is of no use to anyone, not even the smallest entity of nature, this is an actual waste. Over the centuries, to curb our dependencies on natural substances, we’ve developed many synthetic polymers including plastic, which is now a big headache for most countries. But when we develop, when we use, when we consume, technically we’re not responsible for what will happen to them post that. This is the root cause of everything. When we’re not conscious.
Okay! If you learn from nature then you’ll understand that only nature is responsible for every beautiful creation around us, and nature itself is responsible for the destruction.
Okay now you might say, ‘I always put my waste in the dustbin’, but here the problem starts.
Suppose, you are eating kachori from a street-food vendor in a styrofoam bowl and with proper responsibility put it in a blue dustbin, with proper responsibility the street vendor puts that in ‘Swachh Bharat vehicle’ and the person dumps that in the cities in the dumping yard or the sorting center, where such light plastic element is hardly picked for recycling.
Here we can blame everyone, from the manufacturer to the sorting person, but if one person - the consumer acts responsibly, this entire chain can be fixed.
And being conscious consumers we have the power to ‘demand’ what is right. Our activities matter because demand affects the supply. I have tested this method in person. Now the shops I visit never give me anything in plastic polythene, because I have irritated them so much about giving out eco-friendly bags, and they are also afraid of losing one customer. Lol.
There are so many other such points and observations, which I’ll cover in my upcoming blogs. Stay tuned.
Written by: Naman Sharma