2 Mumbaikars who took Sunday mid-day's plastic free challenge discuss their victories

Apr 08, 2018, 07:28 IST | Gitanjali Chandrasekharan

In the week after taking up SMD's plastic-free challenge, two Mumbaikars, Reagan Creado and Pooja Sinha Roy, discuss their victories and what more needs to be done with Gitanjali Chandrasekharan

Pooja Sinha Roy

Pooja Sinha Roy
Brand consultant,
Versova resident

The one thing we did this week was to stop ordering as much as we used to. Usually, even if there was food at home, we'd order in junk, like chips. This would happen five times a week.

Victory for the week
Since that [ordering from outside] has stopped, we have also not collected dabbas this week. We have replaced our snacks with fruits. When we go out, we take our own bottles. If we run out of water, we ask restaurants to refill them or if we are near a friend's house, we get it from there. We have stopped drinking soft drinks and are trying to replace it with fresh juice made at home.

This has been smooth because a lot of people around are conscious and is a healthier lifestyle as well. The other day I was out with a few friends and we stopped to buy a few soft drinks, when someone picked up a bottle of water. Two others looked at her saying, "Why are you doing this? Keep it back. We can drink water there [at home]."

Do you have a solution?
The trouble we are facing is finding a replacement for the bin bag. The ones that are bio-degradable are not available at most stores and are also so expensive that not everyone will be able to afford them.

Reagan Creado

Reagan Creado
Organic farmer,
Juhu Resident
Our main aim this week was to replace the plastic bags we used for storing meat in the freezer. We had intended to use glass jars, but didn't want to buy them. We tried sourcing them through other means. For instance, my mother tried getting hold of them through raddiwalas in Bandra. However, we realised that while glass bottles — from whiskey and wine — are easy to get, glass jars not so much. We tried sourcing them in this fashion, so as to find a solution that would be economically viable for everyone.

Reagan Creado

Victory for the week
We eventually settled for stainless steel boxes. We tried looking for rectangular or square ones that would easily fit in the freezer, but they weren't available. We had to buy round ones. This resolves one problem that we had discussed the previous week. We will carry these boxes when heading to the market to buy meat and have the meat placed in these dabbas. That way, we will not need to carry plastic bags.

Do you have a solution?
What I am trying to find a replacement for is the plastic folders that we use to keep documents. There are quite a bit of these in the house, but if we go back to cardboard files, what happens during the monsoon. Are there folders that are not plastic, but are water-proof? There's also the plastic that comes with plant saplings, toiletries, etc that I would like to know how to eliminate. Is there a way I can make hair gel at home? What are the places in Mumbai that recycle plastic?

Danielle Singh

Danielle Singh

Plastic hacks you can use
Reuse the sturdier stuff
Danielle Singh
Vikhroli Resident
For several years now, we have been converting the plastic bags that pet food and rice comes in. My mother stitches them up to look like a regular bag and we have been using it to buy vegetables and carry my dogs' food. It can hold weight up to 20kg in weight.

Meera Shah

Compost wet waste at home
Meera Shah
Mulund resident
Until November, we used to create compost at home. Now, we do it in the building. Making compost at home is simple. Take any old bucket. Start putting your kitchen waste in that. If you have compost, add that or dry cowdung powder and butter milk — microbes facilitate making of the compost. Mix it with kitchen waste, and every three to four days add dry leaves to it. The compost will be fine.

Aditi Malik

Aditi Malik

Buy groceries in paper bags
Aditi Malik
Director, Conscious food
We have the option at Lower Parel for buyers, who want to ditch plastic, but also want the assurance of a brand. Here, you can buy your masalas or grains or cereals and we will give it either in brown paper bags (or glass if it's liquids) or you can bring your own bags and dabbas. We are open six days a week (not Sundays) from 10 am to 6 pm.

Also Read: Two Mumbai Families Take Up Sunday Mid-Day's Challenge To Go Plastic-Free For Two Weeks

Follow Their Progress on Social Media
Twitter
* Pooja Sinha Roy @nicotineHi
* Amrutha Jalihal @bnceoffmybelly
* Sunday mid-day @sundaymidday

Instagram
* Reagan Creado @reagancreado
* Pooja Sinha Roy @octoberwilderness
* Amrutha Jalihal @amruthajalihal
* Sunday mid-day @sundaymidday

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