A hotel's initiative to combat food waste - "Weigh the waste, feed the child"
Today we want to to talk about a some of sustainable efforts that are happening in India.
I haven't been to India yet, but it's definitely on my bucket list.
What's in your bucket list? It's hard to go on a trip now, but perhaps it's a good time to make a list.
Théla, one of the brand available at Borderless Creations is a sustainable brand started by Diti, an Indian woman living in Greece.
Théla started in Athens, Greece by Diti, a graphic designer from India. Born and raised in India, when she saw the growth of plastic consumption in Mumbai, she began to learn about the harmful effects. After that, she moved to Athens and faced much more plastic consumption than she had ever seen. She loves design and focuses on making things with her own hands. She keeps her mind as much as possible and aims to create a sustainable society while confronting this problem.
Diti is one of the designers who face the problem of plastic pollution all over the world. She truly addresses this issue, deepens her knowledge of environmental issues, and is actively involved in human rights and labor. All of her products are handmade, so it is also attractive that no two products are the same.
Our encounter with her and her brand was when we found her product online. After that, we contacted her directly and talked to her on the phone several times. We immediately realized our goal was the same and we placed an order immediately and here we are now. Her comment says it all:
"Théla is not just a retail brand, it is a means to increase awareness about the harmful impact of plastic on us, wildlife and the environment and to talk about its easy alternatives. This, for me is the most satisfying. "
Take a look at the upcycled products made from plastics!
In addition, various efforts are being made in India.
For example, at this resort, they have an initiative called “Weigh the Waste, Feed a Child”.
The IBNII Resort Coorg:
A resort on the hills of Coorg, India. This resort has decided to charge customers for leftover food in order to help reducing food waste! The method is very simple and easy to understand. The leftover food left on the plate is weighed with a scale. About $1 per 10 grams is charged, but IBNII COORG donates the money it raises through this to a non-profit organization that feeds children in need.
Opened in 2016, the resort strives to minimize carbon dioxide emissions, with food grown locally, organically sourced and no additives in the cuisine. Garbage is composted, but before the start of this initiative, the compost couldn't keep up with the amount of garbage that came out every day. Now, the amount of garbage generated every day has been reduced from 14 boxes to 1 box since the start of this initiative!
They are trying to change the situation by giving customers to take responsibility for what they actually eat.
What a great effort!
As the first step to reduce food wasted, this initiative helps customers be more conscious of what they order and how much they order. What is left over becomes waste but instead it is charged and donated to children in need.
Food waste is a very big problem.
In fact, studies have shown that 25% of the world's water is used to produce food that is never eaten.
I don't know if I can do the same thing in Japan, but the next time I eat out, when the shop asks me "Are you don?", I want to be able to say "No, I'm still eating!" and make sure we order only what we can eat. If not, at least make the effort to take it back home.
The resort has other initiatives too, it is truly an eco-luxury resort. They are also working on the plastic that is flooding their town. When the townspeople bring 1 kg of washed plastic to the resort, they exchange it for 2kg of rice.
（Photo by Jasmin Sessler on Unsplash）
What do you think?
I'd love to see more of such initiatives and I definitely want to try this resort out!
Must put it in to my bucket list!