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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Have you ever noticed the beauty of little things around you? Have you ever felt grateful for realizing such simple beauty in little things? 

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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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Little steps: Hydration

Living with grateful heart and mindfulness is something we all need to procure back since we all have long lost those habits. We are ruled by procrastination and busy schedules and hence we forget how to live in the moment. Even when you realize that how much we got altered and take decisions to revert back it’s not an easy task anymore. The willingness to get back to the old easy peaceful way of lifestyle needs so much of renovations to our existing style of routines and hence I have felt should take it slow. We shouldn’t feel sad about not getting immediate results but keep moving towards our goal. It wasn’t easy for me either.

I too took small steps in renovating my routines. I had broken down my goals to create little steps towards getting back my healthy mind and body and a grateful soul. Practicing gratitude has always helped me in staying calm. But prior to that step of writing down gratitude, I made a simple change in my life. I bought a water bottle. Okay, so now you might feel doubtful about what my rejuvenation process has to do with a water bottle? I believe hydrating the body is a major factor towards the healthy status of brain and body. Hence I wanted to make sure that I had enough amount of daily water intake. The best way to begin a day is drinking water empty stomach. Hence for this purpose and also to feel motivated I bought a bottle.

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Not a plastic one ☝️ I bought a steel water bottle which had a volume of 1liter. I usually carry boiled &cooled water with me everywhere I go, usually reused plastic mineral water bottles. I am aware of the hazardous effects of reusing them especially drinking water from it while keeping them in the car during summer or hot weather. The water gets contaminated with chemicals disintegrated from the plastic bottle due to warming up. Hence I decided to carry water in steel bottle through the alternative sources like glass bottles are bit heavier and less travel-friendly😜 I didn’t want to break my beautiful glass water bottles which I use at the room. 😍😇

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December is known to be the festive season and a time to take new resolutions or think about bringing new habits and preparing for a New Year. Hence, I bought one more glass bottle for myself and gifted one for my friend ☺️ I didn’t have to think much this time about what gifts to be given to my friends. Give a thought to keeping your body hydrated though I haven’t mentioned much about the scientific benefits of drinking water which I believe is known for everyone. Let’s make sure to love and care ourselves little more and stop neglecting its basic necessities since it’s a machinery. Also if you felt this topic useful, give it a thought buy or use alternatives bottles instead of plastic water bottles such as steel or copper or glass made. I have heard a lot of health benefits of drinking water kept overnight stored in copper vessels. Maybe you can even gift one bottle for someone you love😊

PS: My table is messy due to the recent additions of new books 

Ruska

Every nature lover would have taken a moment to notice the changes in our nature: especially the color patterns of leaves changing from green to golden or coppery red shades 🙂 That phenomenon of leaves changing colors is called RUSKA.

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Peiskos

This could be the most beautiful feeling anyone can get during this winter season that too when the spirits of celebration are at hype 🙂  “Peiskos” is a Norwegian word. I came across a good blog post written in detail about PEISKOS by another blogger named Ella. Do check her article 🙂

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I have also attached few internet images related to this cozy feeling. I wish and hope all of you are doing good in life and health. Stay abundantly blessed 🙂

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