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Reducing waste saves money, energy and natural resources, and helps protect the environment.

1. Reduce when you buy
2. Reduce when you consume
3. Reduce when you discard

1. Reduce when you buy

Buy only what you need. Purchasing fewer goods means less to throw away. It also results in fewer goods being produced and less energy being used in the manufacturing process. Buying goods with less packaging also reduces the amount of waste generated and the amount of energy used.

Exnora International was founded essentially to protect the environment by enlisting people’s participation.  Thanks to the enthusiasm and overwhelming response from the people, the organisation has over 50,000 Civic Exnora branches in the Residential Colony / street level. In the village level there are Exnora Innovators Clubs to initiate, guide and support Civic Exnora Activities. Civic Exnora has in its membership Home Exnoras, representing each home.

The widespread awareness created by Exnora has resulted in hundreds of clean and green streets; and in some pockets, entire areas have been turned into verdant lung spaces.

Exnora activities have been “curative” in nature.  Civic Exnoras have formulated various novel and effective methods for the disposal of garbage and pollutants generated indiscriminately by ourselves.

Exnora also initiated innovative and “Preventive” measures to restrict mass generation of garbage and pollutants including zero waste management programmes for making waste into wealth. Another mission has been the practice of “Principled Simplicity”.

Pollution is the end-result of a vicious chain – reaction caused by man’s vanity.

Lack of simple living means an over-indulgence. People tend to lead an extravagant lifestyle. This lifestyle entails excessive consumption; excessive consumption involves enhanced production; and excessive production leads, naturally, to pollution.

Answer! Practise Simplicity and austerity and save Mother Earth from stifling pollution.

Before you buy something, ask yourself these five questions

Do I want it? – wanting is not the same as needing, therefore think.  If your answer is ‘yes’, then go on to the next question.

Do I need it? – if your answer is ‘yes’, move on to the next question.

Can I afford it? – think well, but do not think of your credit card, because that would mean you are increasing your debt burden.  If your answer is still ‘yes’, move on.

Can I do without it? – if you are absolutely convinced that you need it, say ‘yes’ and move on to the last question.

Can’t I postpone it? if your answer is affirmative, you have contributed to the “Principled Simplicity” programme.

Even when it is absolutely necessary , don’t buy excess. Buy what is exactly needed and what can be and will be really consumed.

Ask questions like

Am I buying more than what I actually need?

Will my buying end up in severe pollution?

Can the product after use and the materials used for packing it be recycled?

Can the product and materials used for packing cause environmental degradation?

Your thought process in raising the above three questions to yourself, is called ‘Psych Cycling’. Psych means mind. The Cycling actually takes place in your mind before you buy. If it is done later there will be no proper recycling of the product and the materials used for packing. And they will not become hazardous waste. Did you know that some of the biscuit aluminium coated wrappings cannot be recycled?

Disposable Age: Use and throw has become a culture. We want disposables. More we use disposables, one day we will see our planet becoming disposable. We are becoming like white ants and we are eating the very planet in which we live.

Love life, not luxuries – Join the “Principled Simplicity” movement. See separate folder Principled Simplicity

2. Reduce when you consume / use

It is left to your own imagination. One example is when we eat especially if it is a buffet. We should not try to stock all the food at a time and instead go for helpings. Wasting food on the plate is a serious crime.

A party, a wedding, a family function or any get-together involves a number of guests.  We need to satisfy their taste buds, not shock them with a twelve-course spread.  It is humanly impossible for any one to consume so many items.  The guests may probably say to themselves, Wow, a huge spread, insipid though”.  Net result of this ugly ostentation is that tons of food is consigned to the trash can.

We should remember that there are 200 million people world over who are Below the Poverty Line.

Another example

There are people who send their two children to the same school by two different cars.  This is gross disservice to the concept of conservation.

3. Reduce when you discard

That is where Exnora is popular. Before throwing in the municipality truck think whether the waste can be reused or recycled .Thus reduce the quantum of real, residual and absolute waste to bare minimum.

Are you Water friendly?

  1. Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth
  2. Take a short shower instead of a bath
  3. Pay attention to leaking taps
  4. Install water saving devices in the house
  5. Do not clean the car porch with good water

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