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It’s wedding season in India. And there can be no other better time than now to highlight the need for zero-waste weddings. In our country, every year at least 1 crore couples get married. The quantity of waste generated in a single wedding can be equal to the waste generated by a household in 12 months. You may do the math and imagine the scale of mixed waste that would end up in a landfill after the wedding.
We all have been witnessing a sudden increase in the news about wildfires, unpredictable weather, global temperature spiking, and so on. Like the planet is showing us proofs and asking us to finally give a damn. Climate change can no more be laughed upon and ignored. So the question is – As a corporate, have you considered bringing the little changes that can drastically reduce the carbon footprint created by your organization?
The concept of single-use packaging came into existence around 100 years back with the need for food-sanitation. Plastic became an ultimate commercial choice as it could increase the shelf-life of a food product, making it easier to transport and distribute. Meanwhile, the health impact caused by plastic remained unknown until the early 2000s. The cases of cancer and immune issues have been accelerating and we had no idea why. Sadly, the awareness of plastic’s toxicity didn’t grow as much as its popularity amongst restaurants and shops that deliver food in it.
As we are slowly beginning to live with COVID-19, we are being extra skeptical about our hygiene than ever before. Our eyes see someone touching a doorknob, and our mind makes a serious note to open the door with our elbow. And it’s the hygiene because of which we are going to avoid dine-in restaurants for a very long time. Are the plates washed well enough? Is this spoon safe to be put in my mouth?