Indians waste a lot of food, clothes, and other things, which is an alarming issue in India. Our streets, garbage bins, and landfills have sufficient proof. Indians have not learned to recycle things or offering unwanted things to the poor and the result is wastage. It also results in bad waste management. Let’s throw some light on food wastage alone.
Food wastage is a problem
Weddings, canteens, hotels, social functions, as well as households, spew out a lot of food every day. According to research, up to 40% of the food produced in India is wasted but never reaches the needy.
A lot of things are getting wasted every year due to food waste. 25% of freshwater is wasted to produce food and around crores of people sleep hungry on any given night. Acres of land is deforested and millions of barrels of oils are getting wasted due to food wastage. This cripples a country’s economy to an extent that most of us are not aware of.
Beside food, Indians tend to waste a lot of things, be it clothes or bottles, or electronic gadgets, stationaries, households etc. Recycling, repairing, sharing or donating is the best way to make use of products. Ending up in a garbage bin doesn’t solve the purpose. According to our survey in a high-class apartment in Gurgaon, Haryana. Residents of this society are well able and wanted to share their usable and good conditioned stuffs but they don’t have time to go outside for giving it to a needy person. We all have these kinds of stuffs in our houses which we can do share but we don’t know where we have to share that. That is how eeho – India’s first free sharing platform born.
What we can do?
The government should step in and improve storage facilities
Avoid impulsive buys. It will more or less find the bin.
Check with NGOs who can help you reach the needy.
If you host a family get-together, make sure you plan the leftovers to be transported to a place like an orphanage or an old age shelter with the help NGO's and "#eeho" like platform.
Make finishing your plate a habit, doesn’t matter how tasteless the food is.
Recycle bottles rather than throw them in the bin.
Clean your wardrobe once every year and give the extra clothes to the needy.
Whenever you go shopping, take a reusable bag along.
Use free sharing applications like “eeho” to share your unwanted but usable items.
Keeping these points in mind can change a lot happening around the world. You can save the environment and help the needy hand-in-hand.