The planet and nature can be saved only by the collective efforts of everyone but the difference can be initiated by an individual. Mrudula Joshi, banglore based fashion designer who started practicing Zero-Waste living has inspired 100’s of people to adopt a sustainable life-style.
“India generates 62 million tons of waste per year — That’s nearly 170,000 tons of waste per day. It would be apt to say that India’s cities are drowning in their own garbage. The government has stepped in on circumstances with clean-up programs to withstand overwhelming urban waste. But we need something more. Our cities need strategies that address issues beyond visible cleanliness,” said Mrudula while explaining the need for Zero-Waste Strategy.
Zero Waste is an ideology that motivates the redesign and reuse of products that sustain the goal of aversion of the trash from the landfills, incinerators, or the ocean. Apart from the definition, Mrudula described Zero-Waste as, “The need of society to understand the use of discarded material and also their economic importance. It is the urge to design a circular way of living. A zero-waste lifestyle enables us to question the linear economy and its drawbacks, where items are only designed to be discarded. Zero-waste encourages the idea of sharing economy and re-purposing of resources.”
So, next time take a minute for the inspection of contents in your trash cans before throwing them out of your house. While this might not be the most pleasant (or pleasant-smelling!) activity, doing so can contribute you with the information you need to know for living a healthier, leaner and lighter life on this planet. And it may create fruitful results by saving your money over the long haul.
Advantages of Zero-Waste lifestyle:
“What is the importance of keeping our homes sparkling clean when most of us step out on roads and produce piles of garbage?” Mrudula said.
Further, she portrayed the advantages and importance for society of living a Zero-Waste lifestyle. “Greenhouse gas emissions are caused by the production and use of goods, including food products and packaging. 3 R’s (Reducing, reusing and recycling) will conserve that energy and dramatically reduce our carbon emissions. Reducing and reusing also means fewer products are made, as people will buy less, the products are made to last. And recycling keeps waste out of landfills and incinerators.
A zero-waste nation builds a circular economy, where one person’s “waste” is a resource for something new. This establishes good, green jobs as resources are endlessly recirculated through our economy instead of being used once and then eliminated or eradicated.
Provoke more jobs opportunity in rental and sharing businesses (e.g. car-sharing, tool rental), repair and tailoring, and reuse businesses which also lead to maintain local money within the community and keep a check on spendings don’t leave a community to buy imported products. This will also boost the nation’s economy,” she explained.
The adoption of a new kind of lifestyle:
Zero waste sounds like an aspirational goal, but if implemented that’s something worth aspiring too.
“When I first started practicing the Zero-Waste lifestyle, I was completely unsettled due to the non-availability of sustainable products and demotivating statements of people around me. While I wasn’t related to any kind of environmental studies, YouTube became my inspiration and I followed several individual womens practising such strategies. During my journey I used Instagram handle for presenting a report of my progression and soon I realized people are getting motivated to drill into a sustainable lifestyle. So, I dropped my job and started a website called ‘Ullisu’ which means ‘To Save’,” describes Mrudula.
In the 21st century where 62million waste is generated every year, it’s urging need of an hour to change our way of living.
She says there is no need to stop utilizing each and every product used in our home and recommends some of the initial steps which can be carried out at ground levels.
Ask for no straw in your drink order when out.
Don’t leave your house without a full reusable water bottle.
Ditch tissues for handkerchiefs.
Always say no thank you to free promotional items. They tend to be cheap and break easily.
Donate unused items in good condition to support the second-hand market.
Think second-hand first when purchasing something.
Sell your plastic toothbrush for a bamboo toothbrush.
Buy food without packaging or minimal packaging.
This way we can ignite the change in our surroundings.
“We need to learn the skill of silent revolution, without getting affected by thoughts of people, progressing on our goals. And when you will get excited about zero-waste living, you’ll amend your shopping manners and reduce the amount of clutter and unreasonable packaging or goods you bring into your home in the first place. Whether you’re an experienced zero-waster or a beginner, there’s always something to learn or ways to improve,” she said.
For more such steps and guidance you can reach out to “ullisu.com”. Where you can find 100’s of ideas and solutions to tackle the hassles on your path of Zero-Waste.
A common doubt provoking while we talk about sustainable living is the use of products which are not decomposable but needed in day to day workings. Clarifying the doubt Mrudula suggested replacing the product with a different brand that assures sustainability. Also, the idea of minimalistic use of such products can be addressed. “On the present day there are thousands of brands who provide alternatives to almost every product we use and you can reach to my website where I had mentioned such brands after my 2 years of research, ” said Mrudula.
Why is waste management such a challenge? Even, India invests a huge amount in waste collection and management.
“First, garbage is not traditionally separated out at the initial stage, meaning in our homes, offices or businesses, before it goes into a collection bin.
Second, few funds only left for managing the waste itself after cutting the cost of collection of wastes. Last, we are only dumping the waste, there are no formal mechanisms for processing and disposal, ” Mrudula explains.
Just suppressing waste by dumping it out of sight a few miles further away or burning it is neither a viable nor sustainable solution. There’s much better work to do. She explained, “We need to look at investing in decentralized, cost-effective systems that support segregation. Also, the government should support local vendors, small businesses that have a viable option for reducing the proliferation of waste. There are many private composting companies, waste segregation departments trying their best. We need to focus more on social engineering, which will imply bringing strides not only in infrastructure and technology but also in changing social priorities and behaviors in our communities. We need to make waste management, as usual as brushing our teeth, a necessary habit.”
“We are in the deed to switch from this concept of, ‘Well, it’s OK, it gets composted, ‘ as composting will also cause environmental impact.
Let’s change our perception to look waste, let’s treat it as a resource just similarly to anything else we pull out of the ground, ” says Mrudula as she sings off.
Dussehra: Victory of Good over evil
Dussehra: Victory of Good over evil, is celebrated on the 10th day of month Ashvina. Victory means Prabhu Rama over Ravana in famous hindu epic Ramayan. Also it means the end of Durga puja and Ramlila. In Ramayan, Ravana kidnaps god Rama’s wife Sita, as god Rama & Laxman cuted of the nose of ravna’s sister surpanakha. So to claim vengeance on them Ravana kidnapped sita. To get back maa sita Prabhu Rama and Laxman faught battle against Ravana with the help of hanuman, Subriv & other Vanar sena.
In this battle Ravana’s brother Bhibishan also helped god Ram against Ravana . At the end of Prabhu Ram wins the battle and rescues Maa Sita. Thereafter this victory is celebrated by burning the statue of Ravan, Kumbhakarn, his son Meghnath. Dusshersa is a climax of long day celebration of Navratri.
The nine days of Navratri is the time to reflect on oneself, observe silence & practice fasting. Fasting cleanses the body of toxins and silence purifies speech & mind. What does Dasehra means Das means ten and hara means take away. Which came after Navratri means nine nights if darkness. On each day of Navratri we pray to that form of goddess durga to take away that darkness of ignorance within us. After that on tenth day on the occasion of Dasehra we burn all the evil, bad things, thoughts, bad habits inside us in that fire in the form of Ravna as evil inside us.
Dusshera: Victory of Good over evil
Ravana is not the demon or evil, you yourself are one. In the battele of Ram and Ravana, god Ram had been invoked Durga May to help him win the battle against Ravana. We also should invoked Durga to help us in gaining back our Sita. Sita? It is awareness inside is which has been traped in maya surround us. To make our soul clean and pure we have to burn the evil in the fire by fighting and winning battle against evil. many evils and negative aura lives within us, we should overcome this with good things. This is what Dasehra symbolise.
It is a supreme festival of Hindu culture with true meaning. Furthermore it also symbolize the feminism as the battle is to bring back maa Sita from the Ravana. Whenever person crosses his limit, go beyond it and try to hurt marayda of stree. She will transform into Durga and will punish that person to death. Rama won the battles and the light and happiness spreaded. its our choice, either we want to be Ravana & get entrapped in the worldly pleasure or want to Rama (A spiritual being).To symbolise and to aware Dashera is celebrated do its called, Dussehra: Victory of Good over evil!
Priyadeep Kaur : Published author at 19!
Priyadeep Kaur is a published author at age of 19. She is the transpiring novelist and her work has been sighted by Shri. Narendra Modi – Prime Minister of India. Priyadeep spent her antecedent days in Shiv Ki Nagari Kashi – Banaras. She is proficiently known as Kashi Ki beti in her hometown. She is awarded with Uttar Pradesh (U.P) Gaurav, Atal Samman 2018, and the title Shaan-e-Kashi.
More about Priyadeep:
Priyadeep currently is staying in the ‘City beautiful’- Chandigarh. She furthermore worked with a national TV channel of Rapper Badshah. ‘Millions Of Faces in a Face’ is her first book, which received massive love from readers especially from youngsters.
Her second book named Oscar for loving, Grammy for Not! is listed as the best-selling book on the amazon and she grabbed the best-selling author title. Apart from studies she was also highly interested in extracurricular activities during her school days and now Priyadeep Kaur is a published author at age of 19.
Q. When did your journey into writing began?
Priyadeep: “I am fond of writing back from school days. My grandmother passed away, I found dairy of dad- he had written a poem dedicated to his mom. The poem was very heart touching and emotional. So, I felt like I should also start writing, then I started writing small poems and about things happening around. Then I also started writing parodies on teachers just to express my thoughts. When I was in grade 10, then I started compiling my writings together. That time I use to read novels from ‘Chetan Bhagat’, ‘Nikita Singh’ and from many other novelists too. So, at that time I thought should try writing a book. That’s how the journey started.”
Q. When did you realised that you should be a writer and your writing should get published?
Priyadeep: “Actually, as soon I completed my first book writing, actually I started writing that book when I was in the 11th grade. So, I at that time it was bit hard for me to get things done in a commercial way to get my book published and it took lot of time for that. Then I started doing research how to get book published and I also mailed my work to many publishers. So, I got few replies and with one of the publishers I got my book published. And soon it was available for reading.”
Q. What was the most surprising thing you learned while writing novels?
Priyadeep: “I learnt my things from my novels and one thing I want to mentioned is – there is very slight difference between the things we imagine and things which really happen. I think people who are into writing are a kind of overthinkers, they think a lot. They think from different perspective and try to create an anonymous situation out from it. Being writer, I imagine many things but they are not into real life. So, its very important to keep imaginary world and real life separately and keep the things sorted.”
Q. A person can’t be a writer if he/she doesn’t have strong emotion, what are your views?
Priyadeep: “I would not agree on this personally, but a person can be a writer if they are not good grammar, even if they are not having a particular knowledge of language and to portrait things. Emotions are necessary for writing; we need to feel the situations in that particular way. Although very body has emotions it’s not necessary that to be a writer you should have strong emotions, with time and practise you can achieve it. I agree emotions play a vital role in writing and every one of us have emotions and everybody can write.”
Q. What was your childhood dream?
Priyadeep: “I wanted to be singer actually, that was my childhood dream. When I was 4 years old, my dad introduced me to pandit Anurag dixit. He uses to conduct my classical music classes and I was fond of performing in school and at many other places. So later I started to go in shows and started performing at very small age. I also used to sing local songs at that time. Since 12 grade I started performing- singing and also recorded few songs. At that time, I was also busy into writing and getting book published. So, writing made me feel somethings, like that’s what I want to be. So, I continued by writing.”
Q. What are the techniques and strategies you keep in your mind while you are writing?
Priyadeep: “Actually I try my best to justify the title, which I have given to the book. I think title should be always justifying. Then draft your story accordingly so you can keep the track of it. So, I make the points and draft and then start writing the book, so it’s easy for me if I need to add on few things in between. Mainly I focus on the words and vocabulary add it accordingly. I prefer to sketch the character and his nature, so its easy to maintain and build the story.”
Q. Generally how long does it take to complete a book?
Priyadeep: “My first book I completed in six months. And it took lot of time to complete my second book, because I have joined the office and started working at production house in Chandigarh. Now I am launching my next book, so it took me around 3 months to complete it, which I stared writing during lockdown. So, it’s in pipeline and will be out soon. Although it depends on the time and story to complete a book, it may differ from writer to writer.”
Q. How was your experience working with Badshah sir as a creative producer?
Priyadeep: “It was a very nice experience; I had a wonderful time with the team. We also shoot few songs and I learned lot of things about real life and reel life. I determined the people are so much different in real life, then we usually see in reel life. Specifically talking about BADSHAH sir, as we see his personification in songs, he is completely different in real life. He is very sweet, innocent and humble person. In real, he is not much interested into parties. He is very hardworking and fully dedicated to his work. The whole team was amazing, I got few friends too and the overall journey was awesome for me. I learnt many things from them.”
Q. Can you tell us about the moment when you meet Shri. Narendra Modi (Prime minister of India) and you and your work recognised by him?
Priyadeep: “It was an awesome moment for me, I am very grateful for that. Talking about my family they have framed the photographs and pinned to wall everywhere in my house. For them it was a very proud moment. For me it was a very happy and different kind of adventurous moment. I wrote a letter to PM office randomly and unexpectedly I got response to launch my book by him. I think that was one of the best moments as of now in my writing journey.”
Q. What are your future plans?
Priyadeep: “My next book is coming in November and I am also doing a freelance work in Chandigarh right now, it’s a project of 6 months. So, need to go to Ahmedabad for that work. I have completed two more books in lockdown so I will be planning about there editing and publishing. Due to covid I have many projects pending, so when things will settle need to complete the projects and shoots.”
To know more about Priyadeep Kaur published author at 19- journey and about her life. And some intresting facts- Watch full Instagram interview session with her on IGTV – Paradox India.