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The #plasticfreedomchallenge Will you go a week without PLASTICS?                                                 

#PFC - What is it?

#PlasticFreedomChallenge is a call to give up plastics, especially single use plastic for a week- August 8 to 15 to ‘beat plastic pollution’  and take another step towards sustainable lifestyle.
It is a campaign against the use and throw culture, and going plastic free is a move towards mindful consumption.
The #PFC also complements actions of the local self governance institutions and strengthens demands for corporations to take responsibility of their plastic waste.
It is also a continuation of The Himalayan Cleanup, the Brand and Waste Audits.

Why go plastic free?

The world has produced 8.3 billion metric tons of plastics since large-scale production began  in the early 1950s, of which 6.3 billion metric tons were trashed, and all that plastic is now in  landfills or oceans. * A 2018 UNEP report states that ‘If current consumption patterns and waste manage…
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The Himalayan Cleanup

World Environment Day  ‘Beat Plastic Pollution’
May 26, 2018 IMI/ Zero Waste Himalaya

The idea The Himalayan Cleanup is being organised to focus attention on the problem of waste in the mountains, specifically single use plastic waste. The  Himalayan region, long been portrayed as sacred, pristine and untouched, has a flip side too, of plastic clogged waterways, waste being rolled down hill sides and burnt. The mountains are severely challenged with an ever increasing problem of waste accumulation which is compounded by the fact that many areas in mountain regions are popular tourist destinations, tourism being a major creator of waste. The Himalayan Cleanup aims to bring this growing issue to the fore, through a day dedicated to not only cleaning up our mountains, but also in understanding what is causing the mess.

The cleanup will be carried out simultaneously on May 26, 2018 across the mountain states of India following a uniform guideline, through support and participation of variou…
Skip the Straw Campaign
‘Every bit of plastic that has ever been made is still lying on this planet. “ Single- use plastic items have invaded our everyday lives - items that we use for less than a minute but will remain in the environment forever polluting it. The seemingly harmless plastic straw is one of them. We use it mindlessly and throw it, without questioning what happens to them after we discard them. The answer is simple. It either goes into some drain, choking it or it will end up at the landfill along with thousands of other straws and plastic items and remain there forever.  In most clean up drives, plastic straws are the most found littered items. They have also been found in the stomachs of marine creatures. International Straw Free Day is observed to make people aware of the plastic pollution by asking them to ditch the use of plastic straws in their lives. More than a necessity, straws are a habit, which we can easily mend. We can begin by refusing straws in our drinks …

No such thing as ‘away’ – Zero Waste volunteers learn in Gangtok

Guilty!! Angry!!! Shocked!! Remorseful!!! These were some of the words that captured the reactions of students from Namchi Government College and Sikkim University who visited Gangtok’s 32 No. landfill site, where 30- 35 trucks of unsegregated waste end up being dumped daily. These mountains of waste that is testimony of increasingly wasteful lifestyles, convinced students that when it comes to waste disposal, there is no such thing as away, which led them to question their own consumption habits and commit to bring about change in their lifestyles.

The visit to the landfill site had been organised by the Zero Waste Himalaya Group that works
across the Sikkim Darjeeling landscape on waste management issues, as part of a two day
orientation programme on November 6 -7 for expanding their volunteer base.

During the two days, students were sensitized on the issues of waste management through
interactive talks, group activities and films. The main focus was on discussing about how current
‘The #plasticfreedomchallenge’
Every bit of plastic that has ever been made by mankind is still lying somewhere on the planet.
Today, we live in a generation that is defined by its consumption patterns which has meant a dramatic increase in the quantity of waste being produced. Also, there has been a massive change in the type of waste generated, from biodegradable to more and more of non-biodegradable waste. Topping this list of non-biodegradable waste is plastic.
In India, of the 62 million tonnes of waste we are generating annually, 5.6 million tonnes is plastic waste. In the world’s oceans where a lot of trash ultimately ends up, there are more than 5 trillion pieces of plastic weighing nearly 269,000 tonnes. Our mountains are not spared either from plastic waste, and there are increasing amounts visible in every corner.
Life without plastic is now unthinkable. It is in our phones, our cars, our TV sets, our computers and many other things which are part of our daily lives. But there…