A report released at the World Economic Forum stated that a truck of plastic is being dumped into the oceans every minute. And, by the year 2050, the oceans will have more plastic than fishes. By now, whoever isn’t living under a rock knows the atrocities of the non-biodegradable plastic. But why just blame plastic for the venomous water quality in some of the Indian rivers? What we categorise as the innocent organic waste like flowers from our temples, kitchen waste from our homes, the leaves and twigs from our gardens, etc. wreak havoc when they reach the water bodies.
Organic waste matter presents itself as delicious cuisine for the decomposers. The decomposers grow rapidly in the water body and use up as much oxygen is available to them. As a result, there is not enough of the precious gas left for the marine life, and moreover, the process of decomposition releases a ton of toxic gases. Together they wipe out aquatic life in unimaginable numbers. Accumulation of waste also hinders the penetration of sunlight into the water, which is again a threat to the aquatic biome.
Initiatives taken by brands like FOR GREEN FUTURE are making a significant difference. Now the question arises what we can do as individuals to take care of the situation instead of blaming authorities. Well, here are the 5 simple ways you can give back to Mother Earth by helping in the reduction of water pollution.
Your toilet is not your bin
Never make the mistake of flushing napkins, plastic, synthetic materials, etc. What happens is the waste does not get any treatment before getting dumped into the water bodies this way and leech out toxic materials eventually.
Resist the temptation to use excess pesticide, synthetic fertilizers & herbicides.
The farms already play a major role in polluting the water with the reckless use of pesticide, synthetic fertilizers & herbicides. Refrain from adding to the disaster by restricting the use of such chemicals in your little garden. Instead, switch to organic manure and pesticides.
Turn your waste into wonder
Your home eliminates quite a lot of organic waste in the form of kitchen waste, flowers and leaves from your puja room, paper waste, garden waste, just to mention a few. Instead of discarding them into the waste bin, make proper use of them by turning them into rich manure for your plants. Make a compost pit in your garden or buy a Vermicompost kit if your home is not blessed with a garden.
Keep collecting everything plastic from shampoo bottles to broken toys as well as old books, newspaper, etc. and at the end of the month, you can sell them or donate them for recycling. It is a great way to reduce waste and also earn a few coins for your piggy bank.
Do not pour medication and contaminated liquid down the drain
If you have a bunch of medicines, pills, lotions, etc., do not make the mistake of just draining into your sink. They will eventually reach the water bodies and disrupt the ecosystem.
Avoid using plastic bags
Plastic bags are one of the main reasons for suffocating marine life. Avoid using them as much as you can. Carry a cloth bag to the market when you go vegetable or grocery shopping and use paper bags instead of plastic. Give your support to brands like SARAYU, who are promoting plastic-free packaging.
Keep the fats away from the drain
Do not pout oil, rancid, ghee, etc. into the sink. When these oils reach water bodies, they sit at the surface of the water like a film inhibiting the exchange of gases. Instead, discard them in the solid waste bin.
Try to use organic cleaners
The cleaners you use for your laundry and dishwashing off the shelves of the supermarket are laden with chemicals. Look for cleaner, which is free from phosphates and organic in nature. They are not only great for the fabric but also better for your own hands and also the marine life.
Use a mix of vinegar and baking soda to unclog drains effectively and easily. This cuts down the use of harmful chemicals like bleach and acids but does the job equally well.
Remember that even a small change can have a huge impact on the environment and secure a healthy environment for the next generation to live in.