BAGS

Bags: something inevitable in our daily life. We hold too many of them depending on our needs and style statements. Being a girl, I have literally run out of space for my wide variety of bags in my tiny room. In this post, I am expressing my major concern about plastic bags as we are very much aware of the hazards caused by plastic bags. Yet most of the time, we have to purchase our groceries or anything from the shops in the plastic bags which are either provided or bought with additional charges. There are many shops which have now increased the charges on their branded shopping bags which are either paper bags or cloth or plastic bags. Some of us feel reminded of our guilt for forgetting to get/keep one of the numerous shopping bags which will be lying in our residences. Now here I would like to point out two things: One is a little proactive step of always keeping few shopping bags handy in your routine office bag, the dashboard of the car or in scooter can resolve the issue most of the times. The second thing is reusing such shopping bags can reduce the consumption of plastic bags in our daily life. 

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Me with my supportive family 🙂

In case if you don’t have reusable bags, it would be really a good thought of buying few reusable cotton/ jute shopping bags. They are eco-friendly and can be used for a very long time. They are washable and it doesn’t require much space either. You can purchase some of them in different sizes. As part of my transition to better living, I started saying NO TO PLASTICS. For my daily office going, I purchased a cotton cloth bag. I am a Marine Biologist who loves to work for the conservation of oceans. I was happy to choose a black colored bag which was 100% organic cotton made with a colorful message of “SAVE OUR SEAS“. Many of my friends and colleagues asked about it. You can check the bag  EcoRight Women’s Reusable Cotton Canvas Ecofriendly Tote Bag (Black, 0202F01).

I am super happy with the bag and has been using it for last 4 months. It’s my main bag and for buying groceries I bought few colorful cotton tote bags made by women of rural North Karnataka (co-ordinated by Chaitanya Trust). They come in a set of 6 bags with thickest to thin cotton cloth range serving the different purpose. You can buy those beautiful bags Colourful Assorted Gift cum Shopping Bags- set of 6 (size 14″x16″).

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Image from the Amazon.in for reference purpose.

 

Another common thing I have noticed is finding groceries packed and sold by the shop itself in plastic bags. If you can think to invest little time, it would always be good to buy grocery supplies monthly from any wholesale dealers in your nearby markets. If we have some produce bags, you can take it to shops and get the cereals, pulses, sugar etc packed in it. These can be emptied directly into their respective containers once you get back home. Its a very fast forwarded lifestyle we have, yet tiny little steps can be added to our routine and it will surely make a difference on a bigger perspective on a long term. These things are already in practice in several countries who are more concerned about sustainable living. I purchased a pack of 12 cotton drawstring bags from the same company of tote bags. They can be used as gift bags or as fridge bags too. It has a dimension of 8″ x 12″. They are off-white or cream colored and can be purchased Gift cum fridge bags set of 12: 8″x 10″ Kora cotton draw-string goody bags.

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Image for reference purpose from Amazon.in

It is never late to think and take the decision to live consciously. It may seem to be returning to older methods. Yes, It is but these are wise methods to live without causing or reducing the human impact on the planet 🙂

 

 

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Little Steps: Say NO to Microbeads ❌

Hello everyone, Hope all of you are in the spirit of the new year. I wish you all peace, harmony, and prosperity. Okay, now coming back to my point: Microbeads, some of you might be thinking what is the link between the little steps for this “SELF CARE: Mind, Body & Soul” category with microbeads. Now the first question is “What are microbeads?” They are tiny plastics usually found as tiny colorful beads of exfoliant in the face washes and face scrubs commonly available in the market. Yes, they are plastics! We have been regularly taking care of our face/skin by daily/weekly exfoliating regimes. We are too conscious of removing the dead cells but ignorant about the extreme process of playing our significant role in contributing to the tonnes of plastics disposed into our Ocean. This not only causes the decline of marine life but also cause the entry of several toxic chemicals into our food chain 🧟‍♀️This is the simplest way of explaining what they cause to us in long run. So what’s my point in stating these facts here? I have two major reasons to plead anyone who is reading this article to SAY NO hereafter about any product containing microbeads.

  1. Most of these products are heavily loaded with too many toxic chemicals ☠️which will keep on making their use for your skin regimes. Don’t worry about if I stop using this how will I be able to continue my exfoliation regimes for face/body. There are way too many organic alternatives available right in your kitchen such as rice flour, powdered oats etc. They are 100% natural and chemical free, and thus you are aware of what you are applying on your skin. 
  2. By stop using these, you can reduce your plastic waste contributions to our environment, save money, free your skin from harsh chemical exposure and slowly start living a better guilt free eco-friendly lifestyle. Or you can shift to better alternatives which are 100% natural, vegan and cruelty-free brands. It may seem too expensive but the quality and quantity of products, as well as their results, are really appreciative.  

I have stopped using any products containing microbeads. Instead, I have chosen products which have oats/walnut powder which is natural exfoliants. I have also added some infographics on how microplastics effect our environment. Its the duty of each one of us to live our lives more consciously and keep our earth protected. Once you have read this please don’t keep quiet, do share this with your family and friends🌏

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Books = Happiness🙂😂

This is an attempt for compiling all the illustrations I came across related to BOOKS & HAPPINESS from this specific illustration series (Copy right: lastlemon.com2014; facebook.com/itsthehappypage). I found them simple yet super cool little things which can make us focus/find happiness in such tiny things around us in our day to day life. I hope the book lovers will like this 🙂 

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Reading books 🙂😍

Many of us love reading and are mostly addicted to books. We know how much they support us. Here are some of the facts I came across about how much reading can improve our brain functioning. Let’s read more and do share this info and encourage others to start reading 🙂☺️😍

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50 Ways to take a break 🙂

Everyone finds their comfort in different things and actions. The thing which brings me happiness may not necessarily make it for another person. We all are unique in our own way. Here are 50 different things you can try…. Its a weekend and all of us wish to get rid of our tiredness and spend our time with things which could bring back the positive vibes of our spirit. Thus we may be fresh and active for our new week 🙂 Also may be we can do some little proactive steps to have effective time management for our week ahead. Please find time for yourself and do remember “You are important”. Do pamper yourself 🙂 Let each one of us try to keep ourselves happy, grateful and share more love 🙂PS: Image is taken from Pinterest and apology for cropped image

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9 ways :)

Hello everyone, Its been more than a month since my last post and I am purposefully staying away from writing any fictional piece. The only reason is “if I start, I can’t stop” and this is not the best time for me to do fiction write ups. As part of my routine, I have been trying to bring new things into my life, new ways or habits or anything which keeps me happy, balanced and more productive. I have been trying to improve my thoughts and deeds for my betterment. As part of my search, I came across many good things which can improve our day to day life. This made me add a new category to my blog: “SELF CARE: Mind, Body & Soul”. In this section, I would love to share the pictures I have collected from Pinterest (image source). With the slow learning of each image, I am happy to share it here which could be useful to practice by any of you. I am not an expert but honestly, wish to share what I read or attempting to practice these days in my Life. 

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