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, Pune 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.
EDUCATIONAL CRITICS OF TODAY.
For more than a year, we’ve been dwelling around uncharted waters of COVID situation overall the World. 5 years ago, every interviewer who asked the question to the applicant that where do you see yourself after 5 years, might’ve got wrong answers. Previous year was all about how expectations lead to destruction and constant subsiding of plans.
We agree that to take up the reins of all the people was surely a tough task for the government and it’s representatives. We’ve been ferocious for the past time and faced mishaps like the thunder but it’s miserable to see the same situation prevailing again due to carelessness of people and lack of self awareness. If you think you can hide from a virus and get off with it, you are digging your own grave.
We see ‘morons’ of two kinds in this scenario; the ones who have experienced many covid cases in their family and have gotten very nonchalant about taking care and other ones who fortunately didn’t get their family members hospitalised due to covid but may be are waiting for that thing to happen.
Let’s assume there’s no such thing like the coronavirus, it’s just a made up mind-set. But things like Viral infection, respiratory problems, dengue, or infectious diseases etc,. They are prevalent right? Why don’t we take care of ourselves in a way to be safeguarded from mere infectious diseases? I understand, sometimes happenings are unintentional, but why are our actions on them not rational? We are suffering due to irresponsible citizens of our society, and individuals are suffering due to their own actions.
Moving further, in India I’ve never seen a single decision or announcement that didn’t have any arguments. Every decision or announcement ever made had a war of words but a few days ago the decision of not conducting or postponing exams had a very smooth flow throughout multimedia. A silent proclamation thanking the government and saying, “this is all that we wanted.”
Behind this decision there are various types of students ranging from those who were studying all day long for boards to those who didn’t get enough equipment to study. Here again fall two types of the students’ i.e Rich and poor or those with equipment but no willingness to study and other types without equipment but willingness to study.
The decision announced by the Education ministry was amazement. A treat for those who didn’t bother about studying and on the flip side a disappointment for those students who struggled hard to get through formulas and concepts and solved huge question sets. Everyone has different perceptions towards this but the thing that still surprises me is no one is against this decision. Why?
A huge group of people countrywide blames the education system for relevant reasons. In the beginning of 2020, we got the wind of the implementation of new Education policy that ignited glimmers of hope in us but, it has gotten behind the bars for a long time amidst COVID situations.
Lesson 101, Remember- DO NOT BLAME EDUCATION SYSTEM BECAUSE YOU CANNOT SCORE ENOUGH.
I am not making any conclusions about which type of education system is right or wrong but mental ageism is pervasive in our society. Mainly dogmatism, when one group says, “Present education system is bad” with their own reasons, another group with blindfolded eyes, agrees with them with their set of beliefs and this is how we see dogmatism settles its roots.
If the education system is bad, what stops you from studying/ doing what you love? What pulls you back to prove yourself? Why are we all dependent on the government to announce their decisions that are unacceptable at first place but we all follow it like blind herd of sheep?
Lesson 102, Remember- WE ARE GOVERNED BY THE TYPE OF GOVERNMENT WE DESERVE.
If I unite the world’s voice together, the truth is unless and until Coronavirus doesn’t get diminished completely, there would be no stability in the education sector or any other. In such circumstances, our foremost duty is to educate us by ourselves. COVID has indulged us much into how to make use of technology, gadgets, and how to make precise use of the internet. Problem is our inability to use it. And that inability is different at every level.
Lesson 103, Remember- BE THE MASTER OF THE CHANGE NOT A VICTIM OF THE CHANGE.
Regardless of COVID, if we take a deeper look and compare all the students countrywide, not everyone has a smartphone or proper guidance. I preach to the student protestors who had the banners stating “Shiksha online toh Pariksha offline kyu?” When you’ve a relevant question, you must also have an answer to it. If exams are supposed to be conducted online without cheating why don’t we build certain websites for that? You cheat once or twice but…. Lesson 104, Remember- A CHEAT ALWAYS REMAINS A CHEATER.
If the health of students is a major concern for the government, why don’t they settle new ways of conducting fair exams? Are we gonna have the same uncertainties in the education sector for the future? It’s not only the government who could do that but any intellectual person.
Such a huge pandemic that lasts for more than a year would leave back it’s impact for more than two times of it’s suffering.
Lesson 105, Remember- AWAKE AND REALISE, OR STAY BLINDFOLDED AND PERISH AS THIS IS THE RACE OF SURVIVAL OF FITTEST.
BEST AMERICAN SITCOMS
Agree or not, American sitcoms are the best. It includes all emotions nicely cooked and well served with a bit of sarcasm and a pinch of reality check. All the shows are loved by the people and watching them will also make you to love them as content speaks! To be correct, most of the best content from the American sitcoms were brought in during the 80s and the 90s and therefore, most of the content in our list is from the 80s and the 90s.
1. FRIENDS :
Talking about popularity, I need not prove it about this show. Everyone knows that this has to be the number one American sitcoms of all time because hype and craziness tells it all. The life of 6 friends tangled in between life, love, work and comedy. Their story started from 1994 and continued till 2004. The end of this show has still not dropped any fan following nor decreased the views. In fact, it has grown much more during the lockdown. HBO max claims to shoot a reunion of friends this month, which they had been postponing for quite a long time due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This show is globally available on Netflix with a total of 10 seasons and 236 episodes.
2. Brooklyn Nine-Nine :
The main theme plot is set on the 99th precinct of the Brooklyn borough of the New York city. The story revolves around the life of 7 cops, all of them fighting day and night to make Brooklyn a better place to live. Jake Peralta, one of the main protagonist of the series, a talented and a puzzle solving maniac, but and immature cop who often gets into trouble and also brings the trouble back to the nine-nine. Their story started airing on 2013 and is going on till now with NBC announcing the 8th season to be it’s last and to be aired next year and not this year, which did made the fans sad. Their story is currently available on Netflix and currently consists of a total of 7 seasons and 143 episodes.
3. How I Met Your Mother :
The theme is set on Ted Mosby and his group of friends in New York City’s Manhattan. As a framing device, Ted, in the year 2030, recounts to his son, Luke, and daughter, Penny, the events from 2005 to 2013 that led him to meet their mother. This series has won a lot of awards including the people’s choice awards for favourite Network TV comedy. It’s currently available on Disney+Hotstar with a total of 9 seasons and 208 episodes.
4. The Big Bang Theory :
The show is originally centered on five characters living in Pasadena, California: Leonard and Sheldon, both physicists at Caltech, who share an apartment. Penny, a waitress who lives across the hall and their similarly geeky and socially awkward friends and co-workers, aerospace engineer Howard and astrophysicist Raj. The show basically displays the life of some geeky friends living their life. It is currently available on Netflix with a total of 12 seasons and 279 episodes.
5. The Office :
A mockumentary sitcom TV series depicting the everyday lives of office employees in the Scranton, Pennsylvania. It is an adaptation of the the 2001-2003 BBC series of the same name, being adapted for American TV by Greg Daniels. It aired on NBC from 2005 to 2013, lasting a total of 9 seasons and giving us a total of 201 episodes.
Satyashodhak: the biopic
The wait is over….The most awaited Biopic ‘Satyashodhak’ will be out for the Big screen experience very soon
The biopic of legendary social worker and reformer Mahatma Jyotiba Phule, ‘Satyshodhak’ will be soon available for audience’s viewing. This Biopic will be an aviation in bilingual languages – both in Hindi and in Marathi. Jyotirao Govindrao Phule- is one of the well-known and leading social reformers and activists in the modern history of India. He came as a light of hope for Backward Class people and along with this he was also a great writer, a philosopher with the modern thoughts. He was also the first person to start an Orphanage in India. With the support of his wife Mrs. Savitribai Phule, Jyotibha Phule opened the first school ever for Women in India. This movie Satyashodhak will take you on an inspiring journey of Jyotiba Phule and Savitribai Phule’s life.
With joint efforts of Samata film and P.B. Infra Pvt. Ltd decided to make this movie bilingual – both in Marathi and Hindi language. For the past 3 years, the whole team has given their 100% efforts to make this film more realistic and pure authentic which will connect to people’s hearts. This will be one of the most historic milestones for the entire team who gave their honest efforts for the film.
Talking about the cast, we will be seeing a talented actor Sandeep Kulkarni portraying the character of Mahatma Jyotiba Phule whereas actress Rajashree Deshpande will be seen playing the role of his wife Mrs. Savitribai Phule. The Music is given by none other than Amit Raj. The 80% of the shooting was already done and the remaining one is expected to be completed by May 2021. With the help of great VFX work, you can relive the British era (19th century) in visually stunning manners.
Writer and director Nilesh Jalamkar says, “This film is definitely going to motivate all generations of people but mostly this current generation. And I think everyone will love this film as it is one of the most awaited films of this year.”
Producer Pravin Tayade and Appa Borate said that this one is a huge social responsibility for us to tell the real story of Mahatma Phule to the world and we have tried to give full justice to this film. Producer Pawankumar Kahakkar and Pattebahadur promised that both Hindi and Marathi audiences will love this movie. On the other hand Co-producer Binder Singh, Vishal Wahurwagh, Pratik Bansode mentioned that, the team is sure about this movie fulfilling all your expectations. Samata Films, P.B. Infra Pvt Ltd and the entire team of Satyshodhak are delighted to remember the legend on his 194th Anniversary today.
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