Reducing Plastic Waste

What Can I Do to Reduce the Amount of Plastic Waste I Generate?
Reducing the amount of plastic waste you generate doesn't have to be difficult. In fact, you can do any or all of the following:
• Always take your own shopping bags to the grocery store and use them for your groceries to avoid contributing to the 5 billion to 1 trillion plastic bags used around the world each year
• Stop buying bottled water altogether and keep a refillable bottle with you at all times
• When you’re offered a straw at a bar or restaurant, simply refuse one. If you really must drink out of one, invest in a reusable option instead
• Watch the ingredients on your consumer products, because many contain little beads of plastic that also end up in the oceans. Use biodegradable alternatives and avoid “polypropylene” or “polyethylene” products like the plague.
• If you’re raising an infant, make the switch from disposable diapers to washable, reusable cloth ones.
• Use jars or glass containers for food storage rather than plastic baggies, plastic wrap and other plastic storage containers.
• Shop in bulk to reduce the amount of plastic waste you generate in your kitchen
• Use reusable razors as opposed to disposable ones
• Choose cardboard over plastic bottles and bags

It remains to be seen whether these initiatives herald the beginning of the end of plastic, but even putting a dent into the billions of tons that human beings generate each year would mark the start of a more environmentally-sound planet. more  

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Try to make others happy by any means ! more  
Good suggestions. Apar from this , rather the most important is to ensure, the segregated storage of all plastic materials and ensure recycle of it more  
Advice is good but only on paper , govt should be strict for this ,,, All marriage parties , Restaurant etc are Spreading Plastic waste but no one say a single word ,, not only so The Rajdhani and Shatabadi trains are spreading too much waste but no Judge put a single word about after finishing there journey ... we are expecting only from others .... so sorry sir ??? more  
BETTER SAID THAN DONE. PLASTIC HAS COME TO LIVE FOR SOME MORE TIME, THEREFORE, WE NEED TO BE CAREFUL IN ITS DISPOSAL AND RECYCLING IT. CAREFUL SORTING AT HOME AND AT PUBLIC PLACES, BY HOTELS, SHOPS ETC. AND PUTTING IT IN ALLOCATED DUSTBINS FOR RECYCLING SEEMS TO BE AN ANSWER. IN CHENNAI UNIVERSTY PLASTIC IS BEING USED FOR ROAD SURFACING WHICH MAKES THE ROADS WEATHER PROOF AS WELL. NOW, I HAVE LEARNT THAT, THIS ROAD SURFACING CAN BE DONE BY COLD METHOD AS WELL, WHICH MEANS NO EMISSIONS OF POISONOUS GASES. more  
No court , no govt used a single word against person for making a SOUND pollution in Marriage party ,, kindly listen the people who lives near about a Marriage hall ... But there is no IAS officer for this .... only email can not solve the problem ,, Tax payers money is using for our Department and officers , we are paying for their salaries and perk ,, but all person fight for there fight personally ,, I can not understand that we are living BRITISH India or Independent INDIA ...... ,,,,, Only Govt Officers , Politician , Industrialist are living in Independent INDIA and other in BRITISH INDIA ... think it ... NOT YOU ????? more  
Govt is spending money on advertising , No city has a Re cycling unit ,, govt should force for those who are using such as HaldiRam and Bikano or like this .. Only Advertisement and email can not solve the problem ,, we choose the govt only for working not for making advertisement only , It is very happy feeling when our Prime minister and SANSAD said ' We should ..... ' When you use such word whenever you have a power then how it is possible to aspect from ...... ' who wants in cheap but can expend on marriage party ..... more  
Our population is too much to be educating everyone to think on the levels of yourself. The only way by which a particular habit can be implemented is by penalty. However we in general are hell bent on showing false numbers. If students in a state or city all fail in the exams, it simply means that the scoring pattern is genuine and those who succeed are truly worthy of their marks. However, in order to project numbers, states allow cheating and exam mafia to rule the roost. Police don't file cases to show that crime graph is going on a downward scale. Traffic police selectively fine cars and bikes over stupid things such as not having PUC when thousands of trucks an broken vehicles openly emit smoke. A motorbike rider without helmet is suffering lesser danger than a jaywalker on the road. Instead of sending flying squads to catch and fine people not using pedestrian overbridges, the vehicle owners get caught and have their lives ruined over the stupidity of jaywalkers. Littering is not even penalised inside sophisticated establishments such as the Delhi Metro. Though they show numbers for the heck of it, CRPF or the security staff hardly pay any heed to commuters casually throwing wrappers on the station platforms. Coming to the use of plastics, the only solution that can really work is that we identify wastelands in the country which can be made into dumping grounds. Inter-state co-operation is required for this. The barren lands such as in Gujarat and Rajasthan should be the only dumping grounds. Every day the municipal solid waste from all states should directly be sent there and dumped. Maybe trenches along Pakistan border can be dug up and then all the waste should be dumped there. Eventually it will become a waste mountain and can double up as a wall fence. Recycling needs a lot of manpower and we cannot expect poor to remain poor and engaged in that activity alone. Besides, recycling costs a huge amount of energy and during the process, more toxic gases get generated than producing plastic from fresh raw materials. Plastics can't be done away with. The dependency on platics has increased so much due to the lower costs. Of course disposable plastics should be done away with - especially platic bags. But yet, no matter how much we reduce the usage, we will still have massive amounts of solid waste being created. There is a dire need to get rid of the solid waste with little manpower usage and that is only possible by identifying better means of just dumping them. more  
Very good info, but as far as Dipers are concerned, these days parents neither have patience nor desire to clean the CLOTH. Only solution is the manufacturing has to stop. more  
Task is not easy but we can create an awareness among the different stakeholders to mitigate the serious matter which related with our Ecology,Environment and Biodiversity as well as Climate change etc. more  
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