Each year, Earth Day is celebrated throughout the globe. Awareness campaigns on environmental health are held in almost every country, along with seminars and various other efforts to show how much we care. But as soon as the sun sets, all efforts and words are forgotten, as we all go back to the same habits that have been harming our planet. We think it’s time to start taking some responsibility, don’t you think? How about we start by incorporating these small changes into our daily lives?

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1.       Say NO to plastic bags

The absolute worst thing  you can do is use plastic bags for shopping or for throwing out your trash. There is just no going back from this. See those heaps of plastic waste on the outskirts of town? Yeah, well if you’ve EVER used a plastic bag, you contributed to that heap. That being said, it’s never too late to start over. Go out and get yourself an eco-friendly shopping bag. There are plenty on offer, and they look super cute too, so you don’t have to worry about carrying a brown paper bag around. You can be a fashionista and help keep your planet healthy at the same time. You can get some really cute bags from Go Green – they use leftover cloth from textile mills to make grocery bags. The best part is these bags are so good looking people won’t even notice that you’re carrying your groceries!

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2.       Grow your own food

Grab that shovel and make yourself useful on Sundays! Use that extra space in your backyard to grow your own kitchen garden. This habit only has positive returns; you have a new hobby and get to have fresh, organic vegetables free of cost! Plus, the average temperature in your home will drop due to plants in the vicinity. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain!

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Moreover, you can make this a fun activity for your kids. Not only will they learn the concept of food sustainability, they will also develop life-long skills such as patience, personal organization, and caring for living things. Check out our ‘Grow’ section for lessons on cultivating your own kitchen garden.

3.       Don’t waste water!

Yeah we know you love to stand at the sink with your earphones on and do the dishes, but how about doing them as quickly as you can? It’s no secret that the world is running out of clean water. People in many parts of the world survive on hard water, because most of us can’t help but waste the clean supply we have access to.

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Save water! This isn’t a request, it is your duty as a responsible inhabitant of Earth. It won’t cost you a thing, but it will require diligence and a bit of care.

4.       Use less energy

We cheflings are always busy experimenting with new recipes and hacking away in the kitchen. As such, we rarely hesitate in switching on our mixers and grinders for long periods of time. We even keep the stove on for no real reason at times. Now, we’re not saying you go all caveman and do everything by hand, but avoid using electrical appliances wherever you can. Chop those garlic gloves by hand Earthling, millions before you have done it the good old way, and so can you!

Remember, the human race plans to inhabit this planet for many years to come. And if its current cycle of humans – that’s us – continue to mistreat it and exhaust all it’s resources, we’re making a whole lot of problems for the next generation to deal with. With this in mind, let’s pledge to make these little effective habits a part of our daily lives, and keep Earth healthy and happy!

Amina Mazhar

Ever since I was a kid, eating has been a hobby. Once I grew up, I started stepping into the kitchen more often. Although I love to cook everything but baking is something I am very passionate about. Its my therapy and it definitely takes me to my happy place. Ofcourse, this hobby of mine also caters to my hyper sweet tooth as well, which is an added bonus. Because baking is something that I have learnt from my mother so it has a very emotional value for me. Since times immemorial I have seen my mom experiment with baking in the kitchen, I like to believe she has passed that skill on to me as well (I know i can never surpass her awesomeness).

Amina Mazhar

Ever since I was a kid, eating has been a hobby. Once I grew up, I started stepping into the kitchen more often. Although I love to cook everything but baking is something I am very passionate about. Its my therapy and it definitely takes me to my happy place. Ofcourse, this hobby of mine also caters to my hyper sweet tooth as well, which is an added bonus. Because baking is something that I have learnt from my mother so it has a very emotional value for me. Since times immemorial I have seen my mom experiment with baking in the kitchen, I like to believe she has passed that skill on to me as well (I know i can never surpass her awesomeness).