Live the Zero Waste Life……

First steps towards Zero Waste
  • When you step out, always remember to carry your water bottle.
  • Always remember to carry a cloth shopping bag.
  • Instead of tissues, wet wipes – use handkerchief. Can be washed and reused.
  • Replace kitchen towels, sponge wipes with good old cloth.
  • Carry your own containers while ordering takeaway food.
  • Rent reusable steel plates/cups for parties instead of using disposable cups and plates.

SEGERGATE your waste at source!!

Segregate Waste
  • Even if the collection system in your neighbourhood does not collect segregated waste.
  • Try home composting of food waste. Check out, You reduce the waste being disposed by you by 60%
  • You can store your dry waste separately and give it to the kabadiwala for free or drop it at the nearest Dry Waste Collection Center.
  • Try menstrual cups or reusable cloth pads instead of sanitary pads.
  • Try to avoid/reduce the use of diapers.

At the Restaurant

  • Avoid the use of straws
  • Do not take extra ketchup/butter/jam/sugar sachets in your takeaway package. Most of them end up in bins without even being opened.
  • Be a little thoughtful about how many tissues you are using.
  • Use the hand dryer instead of the hand tissue in the washroom.

Zero Waste Buying tips

  • Refuse carrybags.
  • Buy products with minimal packaging; avoid overly packaged items, let the message be loud and clear!
  • Stop using one-time-use-and-throw items like paper cups, plastic spoons, disposable plates, use glass/steel vessels.
  • Shoes and clothes have limited recycling potential…..REDUCE.
  • Go back to repair instead of replace, especially electronic items.
  • Buy bigger packs instead of buying multiple small packs of items.
  • Avoid buying sachets, they are non-recyclable.

Zero Waste Gifting

  • Give gift coupons/cash instead of low quality stuff which doesn’t last.
  • Don’t gift wrap in shiny plastic wraps. Use paper, give a personal touch to the packaging. Check out ideas on
  • Refrain from buying low quality plastic toys as return gifts….most of them end in garbage bags within weeks!!

Finally, do talk about all of the above to people around you!