Leading a plastic-free life is challenging but it is important for humans as plastic is the most polluting substance. Plastic pollutes oceans, harms wildlife, accumulates in large quantities, and harms the local ecosystem. Without decomposing for thousands of years, it has devastating short-term and long-term impacts.

Plastic is cheap, economical, and can be produced in large quantities. Thus companies who are the main culprits produced plastic products for years. Dependency on plastic grew overgrew which lead to heavy pollution. 

Making the shift to living plastic-free life can be challenging but important at this point. If you decide to take a plastic-free journey, you are not alone. Many people are now on their way to build a living with less plastic and help in reducing its effect on the environment.

Zero waste

It a way of life that is designed on waste prevention that focuses on products that can be resued. The aim is to not send any trash to landfills or waste dumping grounds where the waste often ends up in the sea. 

The trash output of a person who follows a zero-waste lifestyle is often only a jar. These people embraces a modern minimalist lifestyle. They follow the five principles of zero-waste refuse to buy things, reduce buying unnecessary items, reuse items like shopping bags, steel water bottles, use organic products that decompose easily, and recycling.

Durgesh Nandhini, a homemaker and a mother who turned zero waste since 2015. She tried to explore various options similar to zero waste which are focused on helping the environment. She is now experimenting with the minimalism concept. 

She decided to homeschool her daughter as she believes children can learn best through observation. More such Indians are now turning towards the zero waste life as India itself emerging as a big polluter and this is leading people to read and get more aware.


Sahar Mansoor learned about the zero waste concept back in 2012 during her undergraduate days at her university. She revisited the idea again in 2014, from when she started to live a waste-free life in New York.


She completed her major in Environmental Planning at Loyola Marymount and later did her master’s in Environmental Economics and Law from Cambridge University. More such people are now heading towards this lifestyle and spreading awareness about it on social media.