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  • Writer's pictureDhwaj Bagrecha

Harmony in Waste

Updated: Jun 11, 2020

We could write about a bunch of numbers that would explain the urgency of sustainable waste management, but if you're here, you have some idea. A single pad may seem light as it's used and discarded - as do most things looked at in isolation. But we feel that this lightness is actually unbearable. And no, we're not saying it's the fault of those who use them; there aren't many options available for better disposal and people haven't been particularly cool about the issue of menstruation.But all this can slowly change.

When we begin to make simple observations of the waste each of us creates, where this waste ends up, and how much waste is created altogether, we start to comprehend the need to maybe get involved and better manage reject waste, while we move towards greener alternatives. Your simple action could be to suggest better infrastructure where you work, live or hang out. The option is there now, and dialogue can begin, even if it's slow, at times painful. Because it's quite important.

We feel that systemic change is mindful of the present situation. Yes, menstrual cups and bio-degradable materials are more favourable, but are they going to be made widely available to the masses at affordable prices? Maybe in a few years, hopefully. But while we work on making these and other solutions more accessible, we have to better manage the alternative, less eco-friendly waste generated by us.

These two problems don't have to fight with each other. In fact co-ordination between different solutions is, we feel, the only way to solve things.

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