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Know your power!

Not much for picketing and protesting? Well, you don't have to hold up a sign or march a rally to stand up for what you believe in. Get informed about the products you buy, their ingredients, packaging, embodied energy, environmental and social impact. Consumer choices do influence what companies produce and what retailers sell, so let your voice be heard in every purchase. It's about how you spend your hard earned money!

Reach out for:

  • local fresh produce
  • products with local, organic ingredients
  • products with the least amount of harmful packaging
  • products without phony advertising.
  • brands that encourage you to buy less (whose products last)

Also finally - if you don’t need something - don’t BUY.

Your purchase power can create change!

  • Two sheets to help you reflect on how you buy

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How to buy differently

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Use a metal dabba when you can and don't throw away your plastic containers. Rinse, store and always send them for recycling. Like plastic teacups, eating hot food from disposable plastic containers is harmful. A metal dabba is a much better option!

Eliminate the waste with steel! Besides, bottles take at least 7 days to reach the shelf and are made from PET (a synthesized polymer which has low value but is generated in high volume throughout our cities). Bottled water is also very wasteful in terms of energy used to produce it. Check out this insightful video about the story of bottled water.

Buying in large quantities saves money and reduces packaging waste. When you have this option, choose bulk. Also, sachet's are made from metallized polyester which cannot be recycled and ends up clogging drains.

These small metallized polyester sachets pile up, clog drains and turn up everywhere. They cannot be recycled. Insist that your local restaurant use a bottle, or use miniature boxes to carry it - if you are a ketchup addict! Glass bottles can be easily reused and recycled.

Clean your clothes without the harsh chemicals that harm your skin and contaminate ground water. Soap nuts (Ritha seeds) are chemical free, can be reused and then tossed into your composter. They can be used in many ways including skincare and hair conditioning with many amazing benefits.

Do you really need vegetables in a wrapper? The wrapper may make sense for the store, but you can buy from your local vendor (without wrappers) or better still, grow some yourself or buy from an organic store. Low quality plastic and styrofoam are unnecessary - they cannot be recycled and end up in a landfill or drain.

Why buy chips that were packed last month? Buy hot, fresh, yummy chips made today from your local store and always save the pack for recycling. If the quality of the oil bothers you, ask the chip maker if he will fry them in your oil. Also, most shop bought chips come in metallized polyester film packaging which cannot be recycled and has to go to a landfill.

Squeeze it yourself for great taste and no waste! Even the local juice center is better than packaged juice. Also, juice packs come in fused packaging which is hard to recycle in India unlike any juice center's paper cups.

It may be convenient but you're paying for nasty packaging and preservatives. Teach your local baker recipes and make sure you get him orders. Biscuit packets are made from metallized polyester film which cannot be recycled.

Why throw the whole thing away when you can just change the part? Mixed material razors take a lot of energy to produce and are difficult to separate and recycle. Choose a razor with a changeable blade to reduce your waste.

Do you drink a hot steaming cup of plastic with some chai on the side or enjoy your morning tea in a stainless steel glass? If you must choose disposable, use paper which can be recycled. Drinking hot tea from plastic cups leaches chemicals into your tea. The plastic is also very difficult to recycle into quality products.

We all know that cloth is better, but if you must choose plastic, choose transparent plastic packs. Store and reach them to a recycler. Try to use as little plastic as you can - small plastic packs add up to a huge pile of low quality waste that is difficult to recycle.

  • Soapy nuts are the all natural & safe cleaning alternative for your family

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Re-visit the ordinary

Here are a few stories that help imagine fresh ways of engaging with your local community. You may have more ideas like these that foster creatively and sustainability. Write in and draw for us!

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Small ideas for change

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Daily Dump's steps to clean up India!

When we see that everything is connected, we look for solutions that are holistic, inclusive & sustainable. Keeping in mind the Indian context, the challenges and existing system in place, we think these 7 points should be our national mandate.

May the bag be with you!

How many times do we need to be told this! Put a bag in your bag, put many bags in your car, scooter, cycle. Put a bag in your child’s bag. Put many bags near the door, in your supermarket billing counter store, anywhere, everywhere.
But do not, do not, carry plastic bags. Can't be that hard.