Swachh Bharat Abhiyan Begins at Home
The ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ is a massive people’s movement, encouraged by the Indian Government, that seeks to create a Clean India: the best tribute to Mahatma Gandhi when we celebrate his 150th birth anniversary in 2019. Gandhiji devoted his life so that India attains ‘Swarajya’. Now the time has come to devote ourselves towards ‘Swachchhata’ (cleanliness) of our motherland. Let us pledge today to make Swachh Bharat a reality!
The Government led campaign endorsed by the likes of Amitabh Bachchan and other celebrities should change the mind sets of all of us, the average Indian on the road, to take pride in our own environs, and if needed, participate in hands on cleaning activities as there is no shame in it: swachh from within and without!
2nd October is the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, the father of the nation and the one who had so rightly said “ Nature has enough to sustain all but not enough to satisfy the greed of a few”.Teaduniya and partner tea companies are conscious of our commitment to the environment and most of our partners are Rainforest Alliance Certified, meeting international social and environmental standards.
We now need to ensure that the waste generated from tea drinking is disposed off in an environmentally friendly manner and are sharing some tips to keep in mind once you have enjoyed your daily cuppa.
1. In A Kitchen:
A kitchen with 2 dustbins is always an eco-friendly idea as in one dust bin you collect the organic, biodegradable waste while in the other the packaging and wrappers which do not become part of the earth so easily.
2. Used Tea leaves:
Collect with other waste to create compost which is basically recycled organic (eggshells, vegetable and fruit peel, food waste) matter to create fertilizer, soil or mulch. If you are too lazy to do that, crush the leaves and mix with the mud in potted plants directly as fertilizer as it breaks down easily and adds the necessary minerals to the soil.
3. Used tea bags:
Wash and dry. Store in freezer. Use these cooling eye pads to relieve strained eyes. Composting the tea bag directly may not be such a good idea as though it seems like it is just a bit of food grade paper, fabric string and damp leaves, some teabags may use a bit of plastic in the paper to heat seal the bags during manufacturing.
4. Earthen pots:
These are biodegradable and may be thrown out but do make sure there is a receptacle to collect them and don’t create dirty mound near the tea stall (which immediately attracts disease spreading flies and other insects). Go on, find the nearest dustbin and gently urge the tea stall owner to do his/her bit towards Swachh Bharat. If you are feeling artistic, wash and dry these, and with just a swish of a paint brush transform them into decorative show pieces and ash trays.
5. Paper cups:
May be disposed of in the organic bin as it takes roughly 1-2 months to degrade provided the conditions are right (presence of air and sunlight for the microbes to break down the material!)
6. Styrofoam and plastic cups:
Are not biodegradable and take about 200 years to degrade and hence there is so much litter generated on our streets. If we take a conscious decision to say no to plastic we would be taking a step in the swachh direction.
Let’s make this world a beautiful place, let’s make it free from dirt and dust, let’s make it ‘Swachh’.