Only to often we see tourist over grounding already over populated countries. Taking in all the surroundings, The sunsets, the culture. All they leave… is the country.
How do you give back? Do you give back when you visit another country?
I am so mindful of this on our travels to India. I find entering another country like entering another persons house.
With the most utter respect.
Mindful what I use and thoughtful how I leave it.
I cannot say I live 100% plastic free. I am an inspiring sustainable human!
I do my best and on the failing moments I make a point to create a use for it. I have made many changes which I have shared and I know there is many more that I shall learn. I promise I shall share those too.
”45 million of India’s 62 million tonnes of annual garbage remain untreated, a dangerous statistic that would lead India to severe garbage crisis by 2030.
Major landfills in the urban metropolises, from Delhi’s Ghazipur to Mumbai’s Deonar are exhausted and overburdened by the daily disposal of waste.”
My family are traveling to the sacred lands of India in Feb.
A healing journey since my daughter is in her 2nd year in recovery.
Blog Post- Steps to India..
Time to capture time together- living rather than living in fear.
I am mindful of the tourists way. Taking in all the beauty, culture and what is given back…?
This powerful image is by Arash Yaghmaian on my IG post echoed every inch of my being what this journey is about for us.
He has allowed me to use his image on IG for this Camapiagn.
Most of the this waste is delivered from the UK.
I cannot travel there and physically hand deliver my waste.
So our campaign is to travel with reusable. Where I am in my life I have noticed more about convenience and the spoilt manor it portrays within in. I am working very hard on being present and disposable can mask so much on being present. All about the fixing and for it to be instant.
Respect and Restore.
I have been mindful about eco friendly products and waste. Yet like everything in life I need to update, upgrade and make more concerted decisions.
When I had Ivy we lived in a small town in Nova Scotia called Lunenburg over the Summers. I became very aware on waste and reusable in my time being there. It was a beautiful Artisan town with the ethos to recycle and create magic.
I wish wish wish I had done this years ago with Ivy on reusable nappies. I tried a few times but being a single mum and very fragile mentally I couldn’t take it on. The best I did was use eco friendly nappies but I know they take there time to decompose.
Then Omelia with her sacral tumour and fragile circumstances. Mentally and physically needed to play it safe and simple.
But NOW this is a wonderful opportunity to do it. Because I mentally and physically cant use eco-friendly disposables and add to the waste in INDIA..
Its too close to home and a wonderful awakening how much change needs to be consistent. We all have the moments of ‘THE EMERGENCY’ – or ‘JUST THIS ONE’. If everyone does that it delays precious protection to our planet.
So its supporting yourself with boundaries! Hurrah! The wonderful B word always gets in there and its because its there to support you.
Knowledge is power.
Below is statistics from an article by the Independent
On average, every household uses 373 plastic bottles each year, of which only 29 (less than 10 per cent) are recycled.
The quantity of plastic bottles recycled has more than doubled since 2002. Recycling one can save enough energy to light a 60W bulb for up to six hours.
Plastic is one of the hardest materials to recycle, as it needs to be sorted. Bottles are the easiest. .After being processed into flakes or pellets, they can be remade into fleece jackets, traffic cones, drainage pipes, street furniture, garden furniture, carpets, stuffing for sleeping bags, and toys and playground equipment.
Paper is one of the most successful areas of recycling.
Some 57 per cent of paper used in Britain is recovered and recycled. Because the UK makes 6 million tons of paper a year – but imports a further 6 million – UK papermills are already using all the recycled paper they can. To avoid its being dumped or burned, excess “waste” paper must be exported for recycling. UK papermakers use a higher proportion of recycled paper (74 per cent) than any other European country (average 45 per cent).
Aluminium drinks cans are most likely go to Novelis Recycling in Warrington, which operates Europe’s only dedicated aluminium can recycling plant. Five billion aluminium cans are used in the UK each year – but nearly two-thirds are dumped, even though aluminium is one of the easiest materials to recycle, one of the most environmentally beneficial and valuable.
It’s the only recyclable material that covers its cost of collection and reprocessing, and can be endlessly recycled with no loss of quality, saving 95 per cent of the energy required to make cans from raw materials. The low recycling rate is mainly because a third of all canned drinks are consumed away from home, and then put in litter bins.
“Tin cans” are really steel. Every year some 13 billion are used in the UK, and even though each one is 100 per cent recyclable more than half are landfilled. Recycling at UK steel plants saves up to 75 per cent of energy needed to make new cans from virgin materials.
KITCHEN AND GARDEN WASTE
This is composted and either sold on to horticultural suppliers, or used in parks. It is the most-collected type of recycling. Local authorities have made great efforts to collect kitchen and garden waste partly because it is quite heavy – and since their recycling rates are measured by weight, this is a good way to boost tonnage, and meet targets. (Plastic, in contrast, is hugely bulky and very light.)
Glass recycling hit record levels in 2005 – 1,272,000 tons. But this is only 50.8 per cent of the total amount of glass we use.
So another 1.2m tons were dumped across the country.
Glass recycling now reduces carbon dioxide emissions by around200,000 tons each year in the UK, and UK glassmakers used a record 742,000 tons of recycled glass in 2005 (British-made bottles and jars now contain on average 35.5 per cent recycled glass).
Another 250,000 tons of glass from recycling collections were exported to Europe; and 280,000 tons were used in construction or roadmaking.
Low-value, crushed green glass (which cannot be mixed with clear or brown to make new clear glass bottles), or mixed glass is used in building or road materials, for filtration systems in swimming pools, and is even being trialled in place of sand for bunkers on golf courses.
The journey, the beautiful pathway to discovering.
As I have written this article I have realised the Tourist to Traveler.
Instantly the travellers mindset is about longevity on what is carefully selected and taken with them.
This is the mindset we need in our day to day lives.
This gift for us to go back packing to Asia on a very tight budget has kicked me up the bottom even more so. Concreting my concerted decisions.
Here are a few I will be taking. I will be sharing more later. I also have some 20% off Codes to share to you from Greens Steel & OraniCup.
I will be sharing my potions I have created to protect and heal us. If we run out, I will be able to make more of it. Wipes, Soaps, Sprays and much more.
Enough from me, I hope you have a taken little something from here to support you finding the longevity in your day to day needs and question what you actually need.