I have always wanted long hair but as it is, my hair genes are probably not as good as the skin. My body does not absorb enough nutrients to let it feed the hair and whatever it absorbs seems like being discarded according to the latest analysis by the doctor!! Lately I have had a lot of hair fall so when I heard from Enorgen, I was only happy to oblige them by reviewing their biotin supplements.
I am sure you are already aware of the immense attention biotin has got for its hair restoring capabilities. We also have a recipe for an original and healthy biotin drink if you are into making a smoothie everyday for yourself!! I would highly suggest it as a pre-workout or post-workout drink or as a breakfast supplement. Coming back to the biotin nutritional supplements for women, these tablets claims it may improve hair growth and hair strength.
Contains 10000 mcg Biotin (Vitamin B7) along with 60 mg Calcium Phosphate, dibasic, and 325 mg proprietary blend of Soy Isoflavinoids, Saffron Extract, Brahmi Extract, Nirgundi Extract, Grape Seed Extract & Vitamin C
The enorgen biotin nutritional supplements for women come in a pack of 60 tablets at a reasonable price of Rs 999. It claims that it may improve hair growth and strength along with strengthening the nails. It may also help improve the complexion and have anti-aging effects on skin.
Enorgen combines the power of Ayurveda with science. So, while creating this biotin nutritional supplement, they came up with a blend of biotin, calcium phosphate, soy isoflavonoids, saffron, brahmi, nirgundi and grapeseed extract to provide an overall nutritional supplement!!
Regarding results, I am not going to comment much on it since it is a nutritional supplement. They are always dicey and so much of the results depends on your lifestyle, complete diet and health conditions. This is also the reason why I am reiterating to get a doctor’s recommendation before taking any nutritional supplement.
If you look at the tablets, the powdered formula is wrapped in gel capsules. It is recommended to take one capsule a day.
Biotin is supposed to nourish your hair, skin, liver and nervous system. It is also one of the important vitamins essential for pregnant ladies. One of the most important natural sources of biotin are eggs, bananas, flax seeds, nuts and nut butters.
It is not easy to get a biotin deficiency but it may not be enough in your system to nourish your hair, skin and nails which is why supplements are recommended. Usually, vitamins are minerals are first used for more functional responsibilities of the body. Cosmetic functions take a backseat.
I did notice my skin is more smoother and firmer but then I do use other skin care products. However, my hair has not seen any significant improvement and I would not blame the supplements for that. My diet and lifestyle are not healthy currently and there are number of factors for my bad hair right from no care at all.
Smoking is one of the dangerous habits our society is addicted to. It breaks my heart to see people who have successfully quit smoking, return to it. Their excuse is usually as flimsy as unbearable work stress or mid-life crisis. Well, how does smoking help you combat those problems, I wonder? Allow me to offer compelling reasons on why you should quit smoking.
It is extremely sad to hear people, especially those with kids, claim to smoke without the knowledge of affecting their families. Have you ever wondered how you are passing on that habit to your kids? Just because you do not smoke at home does not mean your family is not affected. You are still exposing them to second-hand smoke when you return home.
Dr. Villoo Morawala-Patell, Founder and Chairman & Managing Director of Avesthagen, is driving a “No Smoking” campaign to make smokers aware just how much danger they are inflicting on themselves, their families and everyone else on the planet. During our interaction, we got a chance to understand how smoking affects the body right from the first inhalation, why people in India do not take the warnings seriously, what can be done to spread the awareness, and why you should quit smoking.
How does smoking affect your body?
“Did you know it takes only 10 seconds for the nicotine to be absorbed by the skin and mucosal linings of the nose, mouth and lungs. This increases heart rate and constricts the blood vessels as it releases the pleasure hormones in the brain.”
Tar is responsible for the loss of enamel and tooth decay over the course of time. The nerve endings of the nose are damaged leading to loss sense of smell. When the smoke passes into the lungs, it damages the lining of the airway which is supposed to keep away the germs and bacteria. As smoke fills your lungs, carbon monoxide is released into the bloodstream in place of oxygen, leading to loss of oxygen in the body. The video gives an in-depth description of how nicotine really damages the entire body and leads to cancer.
Now, we come to something interesting. Our body is equally capable of reversing the effects of smoking. Check out the following table for a detailed timeline on how the body heals itself once you quit smoking.
How harmful is passive and third-hand smoking?
“Did you know that cigarette smoke gets into your clothes, curtains, fabrics and hangs in the air so anyone in those premises is exposed to third-hand smoke, which is the same as smoking.”
Passive smoking or third-hand smoking both have the same effects on our system as first-hand smoking, depending on the intensity of the smoke in the area. It increases the risk of developing heart disease  or having a stroke  by 25-30%, just the same as a smoker. In fact, non-smokers are more likely to develop lung diseases while living with a smoker. Another reason why one should quit smoking.
In India, smoking bidis and chewing tobacco is a common habit among the population with lower income people. The most common reason is its ease of accessibility and affordability. What people do not realize is that the cost of these products eventually adds up contributing to their expenditure. Also, their lack of awareness about the dangers of the habit is endangering them and their families.
Small children and females are also involved in the tobacco business right from working in the tobacco plantations to making and selling the bidis. Child labor is a major concern for the country and your choice to quit the habit directly impacts the people involved in the entire industry.
Public smoking is a menace. The law is broken constantly by someone or the other. Lack of adherence to the legislation and lack of stricter policies contribute to the increasing menace instead of addressing the habit of smoking. The gruesome visualizations and constant warnings through all forms of media have made people immune. There is a serious need for a novel idea to promote awareness of the dangers caused by smoking.
Where can you start your journey to quit smoking?
Smoking is a disease of the mind. Anything and everything you do is directly related to your determination to quit the habit and maintain that state thereafter. It is easy to make up your mind to quit smoking. The difficulty is sustaining that determination in the weaker moments. Nicotine patches, e-cigarettes and seeking counseling are useful tools to help you quit. Finding support in your friends and family helps counter the peer pressure and need for fun.
I hope I have given you enough reasons today to tell you why you should quit smoking. Your sole decision to do so would help countless people and improve their lives. Smoking affects us all on a societal level. We must tackle this habit from the grander scheme of things, starting with the individual and moving to the society as a whole.
It has been more than two years I have done a post in this series. Keeping a hair diary was fun for me! This last month I have experimented a bit with a different way to deep condition my hair which I shall talk about in the post. So, let’s start.
So, you would have read my review on the Sephora overnight hair mask. Well, I used the same concept with a different hair product once I ran out of the conditioner in the pack – parachute coconut creme oil. Well, honestly, the overnight treatment with this one was not really great.
But, I am sure I can get the same results with some other deep conditioning product. I did try another overnight treatment with olaplex no. 3 but again it was not very successful. But, to be honest, olaplex is not a deep conditioning treatment but a bond builder so you can not expect the same results from it.
Wash Hair when Needed
This is something I often fail at. You have to and must wash your hair as soon as you find your scalp getting greasy, products being too heavy for your hair or even when it is too exposed to environmental factors like sun and pollution.
I do not do it and I do find my hair falling a lot more consequently. Where as, if I am regularly washing it, the hair fall is considerably less and even non-existent. Also, use shampoo and conditioner mentioned for your hair type. Improper usage also leads to greasy scalp and stringy looking hair.
I am also trying to grow out my hair. I am due for a hair cut for a very long time so I am gonna go for it this week. And, I am also traveling the entire month so I have to carry my shampoo and conditioner along. So, let’s see how the month goes for my hair. Will update in the next hair diary.
Recently, I observed a few moles coming out on my arms. You must already be aware that the development of new moles is usually not a good sign. It can indicate skin cancer at the very worst. When you wear sunscreen everyday, you can save your skin from such drastic changes usually.
I was really concerned since I have not been using sunscreen for the last two to three years at the very least. And, I can definitely say that if you do not wear sunscreen everyday, it shows up pretty easily on your skin. I have seen the effects of not wearing sunscreen everyday.
How sunscreen affects the skin if you wear sunscreen everyday?
Skin Aging Stops
Okay, this is an overstatement. But, if you wear sunscreen everyday, you would have already noticed your skin looking younger, firmer and definitely less wrinkly, especially around the eyes and lips. The deep wrinkles or lines or even laugh lines can be filled up by regularly using sunscreen.
Helps Keep your Skin Hydrated
Actually, sunscreen itself acts like a barrier and protects your skin. In the meantime, it also helps improve the barrier function of the skin and helps prevent your skin from losing moisture and lipids in the longer run. This is not a one time effect but something you will notice gradually over a period of time as you wear sunscreen everyday and regularly.
Allows your Night-time Treatments to work well
You can use the best anti-aging creams but they would not work if you are not complimenting them with protecting yourself in the sun. In fact, you can not use retinoids and AHA’s for your skin unless you wear sunscreen everyday religiously. Using these ingredients make your skin sensitive to sun damage.
If you are wearing sunscreen everyday, your night time treatments and retinoids also work really well. What I have often observed is that the deep wrinkles in the skin also fill up slowly once you start putting sunscreen and use the proper anti-aging products or even regular facial oils. Not wearing sunscreen regularly or even using it sporadically can lead to skin damage and wrinkles.
The quality of skin is very deeply affected and none of the antioxidants and treatments work for longer time in such cases. More serious than that is the chance of skin cancer. Did you know that now skin cancer is also covered under cancer insurance plan. The advice to use a sunscreen is no longer merely a scare tactic to get you to use a skin care product and multinationals to mint money.
Wearing sunscreen everyday will provide a lot of advantages. But, before that, you must know how to wear sunscreen. I have mentioned these points at various times and places on the blog but repeating the important information never hurts.
Wear Enough Amount of Sunscreen
Always buy a spf 30+ sunscreen for everyday use. And, make sure you apply a coin sized product just for your face and neck. If you are not using enough sunscreen, it will not be able to protect your skin.
Use Sunscreen on All parts of your Body
Using it on face and neck is not enough. You must use sunscreen on your arms, legs and other exposed parts of the body. And, you must apply the same amount of sunscreen everywhere – a coin sized product each for both arms, legs and other exposed parts. Make sure to carry your sunscreen while you are going swimming and apply it as soon as you are out of the pool.
Makeup and Moisturizers with spf are not Sunscreen
Sunscreens are formulated differently than other products. Never confuse skin care products with spf as sunscreen. They are not designed to protect your skin as well as the sunscreen even if the ingredients seem to be same. Likewise, makeup and bb creams with spf are not enough. For lips, use lip balms with higher spf but keep on applying them as frequently as possible.
My Recommendations for Sunscreen
Neutrogena Ultra-Sheer Dry Touch Sun Block : Absolutely my favorite and more affordable. I love to use this on my body as well as my face. If I am getting an expensive sunscreen for my face, I use this for my body.
Vichy Soleil : This is something I tried out last year and it is an amazing sunscreen for the face especially. It is matte and not really heavy, blends well and looks great. Protection is also amazing.
Shiseido : Absolute favorite but extremely expensive! I really love this and if you can afford it, it is amazing for the face. It sits well, no white cast and does not make the skin oily at all. Lasts pretty long and reapplication is also easier.
For now, my list is limited. I hope to update it as and when I like something I have used. I have started using sunscreen again so expect more posts and reviews.
Last week has been real crazy with my brother’s wedding, hence the missing posts! So, while shopping for the wedding, I visited Sephora for first time in Hyderabad. Their overnight hair mask was the one which interested me and I picked these sephora hand mask gloves along. You might have heard me cribbing about my extremely cracked and damaged skin on the fingers. I thought may be some moisturizing gloves might be helpful.
Sephora Hand Mask Gloves infused with Aloevera Product Review
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Home organization bug bit me last month suddenly. First thing to start was how to organize my close I remember having come across Konmari methods of organization way back in 2015-16 but I did not pay any heed to it. Suddenly, one day a youtube video on closet organization popped out of the blue which started me on this project of revamping my entire wardrobe to save space and clutter.
I am a cleanliness fanatic on my usual days and a lazy couch potato on my bad days. I like clean and organized spaces. Too much of clutter or decor makes my mind chaotic. If I am not able to find some utility out of anything, it goes out of my house immediately. Even after being so diligent, I realized my space utilization skills are not that great!
Did you know we use 20% of our clothes and things 80% of the times.
What You Should Know to Organize Your Closet?
Lately, my clothes wardrobe had become completely unorganized. Most of my stuff was lying in un-ironed heaps. All the dressy clothes were randomly folded and stuffed in the closet. In short, everything was an organized mess. But, a mess nevertheless. So, I decided to start my home organization from my wardrobe closets.
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Did you know you should have a working board to fold your clothes? Yes, a working board makes it easy to fold any size of clothes. I used my dining table as the working board which made it easier to handle everything from a small handkerchief to the complex lehengas. So, let’s see what things you should know this time before you start to organize your closet space.
Did you know how to fold your clothes properly?
Basic organizational skills involve clothes folding techniques. There are various ways in which you can fold your shirt, t-shirt or jeans. Try out different methods and see what works best for you. The Konmari method is really simple and takes very less space. The best advantage of proper folding method is that your clothes do not get wrinkled.
You would be interested to know that these folding tips and methods do not work that well for Indian wears. So, we follow the basic principle with a few tweaks to suit our purposes.
Lay down the cloth to be folded on the working board, smooth it out completely from start to end, fold it and stack it. You can use the three fold Konmari method to practically fold everything. The aim is to create a rectangle from the cloth. The three fold method also does not allow it to get bulky while folding and saves a lot of space while you organize your closet. The video below helped me a lot with ethnic wear specifically.
Clothes Folding Tips - Indian And Western Clothes - YouTube
Did you know how to store the clothes and linens to save space?
We all use horizontal spaces very well but how well are we using the vertical spaces is the key. Stacking a leaning tower of 10-20 shirts one upon another forever in the danger of crashing down is not an efficient usage of vertical space. When we learn how to fold things properly, stacking them horizontally or vertically becomes easier.
The reorganization saved me a ton of space and this is when I do not have separate organizers or extra hangers.
Basic principle to organize your closet is that a look from above should give you an idea of what all you have and what would you like to wear. Likes must be kept with likes in separate baskets to make it easy to find and store. Mix and match also becomes easier. You can also get few organizers which help maximize the vertical space or stack boxes or organizers on each other depending on frequency of usage.
Did you know how to keep your dresser organized?
Earlier, my dresser would always be a mess. Though, I would segregate every product according to its category, there were no dividers so everything would end up getting jumbled. Finally, I used a few cartons to use a dividers and segregated everything again and now it is looking clean and I can find anything without losing patience or time!
Did you know you could buy extra organizers for extra space?
Small Shared Closet Organization For Couples| Siblings| Hostel Mates - Simplify Your Space - YouTube
No, I am not talking about the extra boxes but specific implements which you can fix and use. Like, a lazy susan for dining table and kitchen counter is a great way to keep the regularly used condiments at hand. Similarly, a scarf hanger is great to keep all scarves at the same place without occupying too much space.
You also get sliding boxes which can be fixed in your fridge or under your cupboards and you can store things in it again maximizing vertical space. Similarly, you get vertical storage hangers which can handle light weight clothes. You can also hang your expensive clothes in covered hangers to protect them and save space at the same time. The video above gives a lot of such tips.
Did you know you can work with any space?
More the space, more stuff you have. Always purge unnecessary items from your house. Keep things simple and utilitarian.
It is not that you have a lot of junk just because your home is huge. But, our tendency is usually to keep buying stuff without thinking whether we have enough space to store it properly. Always make sure you discard your older stuff before buying the new. Keep your things less messy and enjoy de-cluttering. And, follow these principles while you organize your closet space the next time.
The more organized you are, more are the chances your home, your space and your life overall is organized and going in the right direction. Well, believe it or not, there is a metaphysical correlation between your life and how organized you are. So, if you really think something is going wrong, start with organizing your space around you and I am sure you will notice changes soon enough.
If you have followed the blog for long, you would already be aware that I love to hoard essential oils and hair products and when both of them come into one as aroma magic stimulate hair oil especially at the price tag of what it is, how could I even resist it. I have been using it on and off since March. Aroma magic has been long known for inexpensive but effective products!
I have used only their mineral scrub and seaweed face mask. I did not really enjoy the scrub but the mask was good for hydration and instant pickups. Not really the stalwart products the reviews had led me to believe but somehow I did not lose hope in the brand. The oil are tempting, especially the aroma magic stimulate hair oil with its blend of essential oils.
The stimulate oil comes in a pretty blue bottle with a stopper which helps dispense the oil drop by drop. The oil is light, not greasy at all and disappears into the skin or scalp. It has a lavender fragrance which smells soothing and is not strong at all. It claims to stimulate the hair roots and increase circulation to improve hair growth and reduce hair fall.
Contrary to the fact that it says hair oil, aroma magic stimulate is actually a scalp treatment which helps fight any bacterial and fungal infections, moisturizes the scalp, increases blood circulation and helps reduce hair fall. Now, the brand advises you to dilute a few drops of the oil with a table spoon of water and then apply it to the scalp. However, I do not dilute the oil.
It’s completely transparent and colorless!
I take one drop of the oil on each on my finger and massage my entire scalp with it. I have been using this scalp treatment almost since March and I have used the product everyday on the scalp till three weeks back. Once I stopped using it, I realized how much it is really useful to control the hair fall. In fact, it helped with the hair growth as well but is more effective to control the hair fall.
I massage my scalp with aroma magic stimulate oil in the evenings so it gets plenty of time to get absorbed into the scalp. It is not greasy at all and does not make my hair or scalp look greasy even with daily use. For people with oily scalp, you can use this right after your hair wash instead of using it everyday. It also helps control the oil production on the scalp.
It has been a while since I got this aroma magic stimulate hair oil and I have thrown away the outer pack so I do not have its ingredients list. But, it contains rosemary essential oil which is really good for hair growth. The other benefits are that it treats dry scalp, will help treat dandruff, controls itchy scalp, keeps the scalp healthy and helps control hair fall.
Overall, I loved aroma magic stimulate oil and would definitely recommend to all for everyday use. It is also a value for money product. After using it for over a month daily, I still have more than half of the product left. It would easily last for daily use of four to six months since you only have to massage your scalp with it. So, go ahead and try it for sure.
Have you used Aroma magic stimulate oil?
Or, are you a fan of some other scalp treatment? How do you like to treat your scalp? Do you only depend on hot oil treatments? Or, use any scalp cream? I also have one from Kaya but that has expired so I can not review it. Share your secrets with me in the comments section.
I have never been a great fan of sheet masks earlier. Even though they are less messy, I find them inconvenient to use and I do not like the fact that they do not treat the neck and decolletage. Also, they are pretty expensive for just a one time usage. And, then, I came across these mirabelle facial sheet masks on my trip to NewU recently. There was a buy 2 get 1 offer going on so I picked a few.
For now, I have used only berries and rose. Coconut is still lying in my fridge. I like to store my sheet masks in the fridge during summers so they feel pleasantly cool when put on the face. And, I absolutely love these sheet masks. I find them better than other sheet masks I have used previously including the uber popular SKII facial treatment masks.
Mirabelle Facial Sheet Masks – Berries and Rose – Product Review
Price : Rs 129 for one mask
Let me start with the mirabelle facial sheet mask rose. It smells amazingly of real roses and is extremely soothing on skin. The berries variant is also nice but it has no particular smell attached to it. There is one sheet mask per packet and it has extra serum which you can use the next day for an intense overnight mask effect.
The mirabelle facial sheet masks are little tricky to open as they are really wet with the serum dripping down but they fit extremely well and can cover even larger faces. They will suit men as well. The sheet mask has a lot of serum and easily takes a good 20 minutes to dry up in summers. It will take even longer in winters.
I like to keep the facial sheet mask for a good 20-30 minutes depending on how dry the sheet gets and then I rub the sheet all over my neck, decolletage, hands and arms to use up the serum left on it. Mirabelle facial sheet masks have a lot of serum and are extremely hydrating. Next morning, I just wash my face with water.
The results of the sheet mask is glowing and dewy skin. If you store it in the refrigerator, the skin looks extremely fresh and smooth. It makes the pores look smaller and controls the oil production on the skin for at least the next day. I really loved using the mirabelle sheet masks but yes they are expensive so I am keeping it for special occasions or when I feel like pampering myself.
What are your favorite sheet masks?
Have you used the mirabelle facial sheet masks? Do you like some other brand? What is your favorite? Do recommend your favorite brand in the comments.
My friend is on her trip to US and I was browsing through Sephora to order a few things which my friend would bring back from her trip. That was when I came across the sephora hair sleeping mask range. Anything which promises to condition my hair, grow my hair or make it beautiful is always on top of my list.
In US, it is available at 5$ a piece but before ordering it in bulk, I thought I would give it a try. That was when I made the trip to Sephora Hyderabad for the first time. I picked up the sephora hair sleeping mask and their hand mask gloves. That was around 15 days back. And, now, I am back with a review for it. Was it worth it?
Sephora Hair Sleeping Mask – Rose
Price : Rs 450 per piece
Availability : Sephora Online or Stores
I got the rose variant but I think I should have tried the coconut. It is far more moisturizing though I though rose would be a treat to the senses. I am happy to say the fragrance does not even bother or linger beyond a few seconds. Sephora hair sleeping mask is not a product which will make your headache right when you open the packet.
The sephora hair sleeping mask comes in a single pouch divided into conditioner and hair cap. Well, I love the hair cap. It is cute, made of cloth so very soft and washable and very light weight. You do not feel that you have put on anything on your head while sleeping which is extremely important for a good sleep.
Coming to the conditioner, the quantity is very less. No, for me, it lasted two uses but my hair length and volume are extremely low. If you have a good volume of mid waist length, sephora hair sleeping mask would probably cover the lower half of your hair. So, yes, for the price, the quantity is extremely insufficient. You might as well buy a hair mask and a cloth hair cap separately.
Anyways, getting back to the review, after combing my hair, I smoothened the conditioner on the lengths of my hair and I applied scalp treatment by Kaya. After securing the hair on top of my head so it does not get in the way of sleep, I put on the hair cap. As I mentioned earlier, it is extremely light weight and you would not feel it is there.
The problem with the hair cap is that it is small in size. For those with a good volume, the cap would cover only the bun of your hair and not the entire scalp defeating the purpose of letting the body heat allow for deeper hair conditioning overnight. It also does not stay at one place so I used a scarf to make sure no conditioner gets on my pillow.
Another disadvantage with the hair cap is the elastic, even though it is very soft, will dig into your hair line or forehead eventually by next morning which makes it inconvenient to use. The good thing about sephora hair sleeping mask is that its conditioner dries off in about 30 minutes so it does not really stick to the skin or clothes. But, I would definitely suggest a scarf over it.
My hair is glossy and extremely soft to touch. Though it has turned greasy now after two days, the softness is just the same. The frizz was definitely less and volume at the crown was awesome! That lasted a day.
The next morning, you can shampoo and condition your hair as you do. My hair was bouncy and voluminous with defined curls. The ends were not looking that nourished but then I need a hair cut badly. My hair was shiny and glossy. The results were consistent for both uses and lasted for two days before they got greasy.
Now, please note that my hair is very fine even though it is dry so any deep conditioning would weigh it down eventually. And, it is very hot here so the scalp also gets greasy sooner. But, with regular use of the hair sleeping mask, I think hair would get more manageable and shinier in the long run. It is almost like getting a hair spa.
So, was the sephora hair sleeping mask worth it? Well, the idea is to allow those people who do not have much time to keep the conditioner on their hair for as long as possible. But, did you know that any product stops working on your hair after 2-3 hours? Same goes for this product as well.
Hair Sleeping Mask DIY
In fact, this is a good idea to nourish your hair once a week. Apply any of your favorite hair mask, not conditioner, on slightly damp hair or dry hair and let it dry for 30 minutes. Cover with the hair cap or a scarf whichever you prefer and go to sleep. Wash and style as usual the next day. It saves time, gets your hair spa-ready and the results are mind blowing.
Have you used any hair sleeping mask?
Have you heard about skin sleeping masks? My favorite is Laniege. Similar to the idea, I think hair sleeping masks are a great way to give yourself a hair spa and nourish your hair. The trick is to find the right hair mask. What do you think?
For the past few months, I have developed this habit of segregating trash at home. It has not yet become a common habit in India yet but do you know how much you can help the waste pickers and the environment by doing this simple task at home itself? So, let me talk about why and how to segregate waste at home?
Eco-conscious is the new buzz word. Sadly, we are living in India where we need to run campaigns like ‘Swacch Bharat’ which is touted to be wildly successful. And, yet we are not used to segregating our trash even after so much awareness and education earning high salaries and living in cosmopolitans and metropolitan cities.
Why should we segregate waste at home?
Our trash has lot of things from the wet green waste to the unhygienic sanitary and medical waste. Sometimes, we irresponsibly throw in the e-waste and batteries as well. When we do not segregate our waste, the task falls upon the waste pickers.
Did you know that the waste pickers are exposed to an abundance of health hazards because we are not used to segregate waste at home?
Exposure to the sanitary waste exposes them to loads of bacteria and other insects which get attracted to them. When we dispose of even small batteries, the chemicals leak out of them. When waste pickers segregate the waste, they get exposed to these chemicals like cadmium, chromium, mercury, et cetera. These toxic chemicals are also released into the environment causing environmental hazard.
Separating plastic, on the other hand, is a tedious task. Going through the land mines of waste and picking up every small piece of plastic is nearly inhumane. And, finally, at least a little percentage of the plastic ends up getting burned and releasing toxic fumes into the environment.
Helping the waste pickers and environment on the other hand will reduce our personal carbon footprint and help pass down the habit to the future generations. You can also earn money by selling off all the recyclable waste segregated at home.
How to segregate waste at home?
It is common knowledge that we have three categories of waste – biodegradable or greens, recyclable which includes cartons, plastic and glass and rejected waste which includes sanitary and medical waste. Electronic waste (e-waste) comes under recyclable waste.
The greens form a major part of our trash and is mainly compost-able. The recyclable waste is the one which we can make money out of and feel good about by contributing our bit to the environment. This category includes everything from your plastics and cardboards and papers to batteries and metals.
So, here are some salient points which you should take care of while you segregate waste at home.
Clean all the plastics and pizza boxes before you segregate them
When you are separating your trash, whether you do it on a daily basis or monthly basis, always make sure there are no food particles or drink residues present in it. They attract insects and bugs and rodents which is not desirable anywhere, even in waste collection centers. Make sure they are clean and dry.
Also, make sure you separate the right kind of papers. The waxy feel ones and the newspapers all stay separate. Only plain papers and tissues make it to my compost. Did you know cardboards are also great for composting but only if they do not have tape around it or has a waxy coating. Your best bet is to recycle them.
Do not snip off corners of your grocery packets
Make it a habit to cut the packet along its edge so that you have no problem emptying its contents and also you do not have to snip off little pieces of plastic.
Anyone has a tendency to snip off the corner of a grocery packets like sugar, salt, et cetera before emptying off its contents or storing it. This is a huge problem especially since we do the same to our milk packets. The problem is these plastic snips are too small to be caught by a waste picker and can not be recycled so they end up burning in the landfills or pollute the water bodies.
Dispose off the e-waste responsibly
Did you know irresponsibly dumping the electronics in the trash results in chemicals like chromium, cadmium, mercury, et cetera getting released into the environment. The waste pickers end up inhaling a lot of these fumes as well which puts their health at high risk. Also, these electronics can be recycled for their parts which helps saving Earth’s resources on the whole. Dispose off your electronics including used up batteries with the specialized e-waste dealers.
Be careful with Glass
Anything which is glass should be handled carefully and try to make sure it is not broken when you are dumping it. The fused out bulbs, tubelights are also included in this category. Make sure your waste collector knows if anything is broken. Do not throw it in a pile of plastic waste. Keep it separate and try to sandpaper the sharp edges so it does not end up hurting someone.
Reduce the usage of plastic at home
This is pretty obvious but since you have taken your first step towards becoming eco-friendly, you might want to go a little further in your efforts. It is not easy to revamp the entire house. You can start with buying eco-friendly products from now on and slowly replace everything plastic in the house. It will take a year or two depending on your budget and amount of plastic in the house.
Use cane, steel or glass storage containers instead of plastics. Start from the kitchen. Stop ordering from restaurants which still use plastic. Many vendors and restaurants have switched to cardboards and paper bags. Also, carry a few extra bags whenever you step out of the house just in case you need to buy something or need extra carry bags.
By making sure to segregate waste at home, you are helping thousands of people save their own lives and health and not to mention the environment. It is not a difficult process to follow and it does not take too much of your time and space. Follow it for a week diligently and you will find yourself doing this on auto mode from the next time.
Also, you do not need plethora of bins to store your waste. Just buy a big drum and put three separate garbage bags around the circle. Use each for one for different waste and once you find it getting full, it is time to schedule your garbage pickup. There are many professional services also coming up these days who pick up your waste at your door step. Find and enroll for the one in your city. Happy recycling!
So, do you segregate waste at home?
Have you developed the habit of segregating your trash? Do you sell the recyclables regularly. Do you recycle them in your own home? What do you do?