Fantastic Plastic | Awareness Documentary | Up cycling | Recycling | Zero  Waste | Auroras Eye Films

Fantastic Plastic | Awareness Documentary | Up cycling | Recycling | Zero Waste | Auroras Eye Films

this material is fantastic we haven’t
found a material that can be molded shaped into anything we want that’s
cheap and really convenient we’ve never found this until 1852 so we found this
fantastic material that lasts forever that no microbe can break down but the
application is often what causes the problem if we use a material designed to
last for thousands of years for a plastic bag that’s life is usually 25 to
30 minutes it’s a silly application of the material in 2012 global plastic
production was about 288 million metric tons 50% of this was for one time use this
is what’s causing the pollution this is what you see piled up to the roof at the
Eco service because we use a lot of single-use plastics last one and half year we are storing all the plastic here instead of putting
landfill our aim not to put plastic inside in the
land its take 600 years to decompose 600 years means you can just think how many generation it will be suffer single-use plastic bag nobody picks them
up because we can sell them if we’re very lucky maybe 2 rupees a kilo and
nobody is going to stock that much plastic bag to make a kilo to get 2
rupees but you can’t do much with 2 rupees so it’s just flying Eco service we saw that one time used
plastic is really a big problem it’s often dirty so it doesn’t get recycled
we’re seeing the impacts in the environment everywhere from my research
with no plastics over the last three years we saw that this is one of the
biggest trends you see it now with the UN taking on plastics any newspaper you
open if you look through a month’s edition will have something about
single-use plastics or something about plastic pollution or cleanup this is
like a global trend I got inspired by a Facebook group which
is called zero-waste India and on this group they exchanged a
lot of knowledge information questions about zero waste in zero-waste are five
principles first is refuse then reduce reuse then only recycle and then the
last one is to rot basically its compost so up-cycling for me its a ultimate of
design its I know why I’m doing design because I’m reducing the waste so this
is for me important to go this way and especially in Auroville In auroville we are having now 340 places to
collect we request the community at least six category they have to
segregated one will be plastic, paper mixed waste, mixed waste means you can we
didn’t know where to put what thats mixed waste like a cloth, shoe, chappal and maybe the Tetra Pack and all so they’re put in mixed waste, one will be
metal, one glass another one sanitary so we went to visit to some companies and
Sedharapet and Pondicherry and all so what they are recycling what they really
they wanted instead of putting landfill I want to do reduce and segregated more
and more higher quality so maximum 60 category we were started now we are
going to that micro segregated will go 83 category we recycle 73
72 – 73 percentage so only 27 – 28 % we put landfill. as soon as you take off the
wet waste means are all the organic things your waste will have more
value so you can resell it and recycle it it’s really forward-thinking that on
World Environment Day Tamilnadu government announced that they are
going to ban certain one-time use plastic items we’re actually working
with tamil nadu government right now because of this ban and and help
partnering with them to educate children all across the state so this 7 numbers in triangles with the acronym that tells you about the chemical composition of a plastic so without knowing these numbers
or resin code you don’t really know what how the plastic is made, what chemicals are added in to it so this was kind of like understanding the language of plastics that Tetra pack in auroville we are consuming so they’re using upcycling with that in
20 percentage 80% we don’t know what to do we keeping stock and without
solution so we’ll see what will happen to those
things normally in design you start with the idea then you go to the matter upcycling you have the matter a lot of matter and you
have to find ideas in industry you have copyright it’s very important copyright
you are the designer you are on top nobody can copy you upcycling is not
only you want but you need to be copied to reduce the waste so if you want to
refuse waste for instance you refuse straws you want to avoid as much
packaging in plastic as possible means you would buy in bulk reduce also the
amount of recyclables because then you want to reuse you buy second-hand you
buy from flea markets then finally recycle the last one is to rot means
composting vegetables and fruits but means also hair nails some types of
paper to turn it into new soil which you can use after to grow some stuff and
that’s how you are closing the loop finally in a zero waste lifestyle we
don’t want to waste or lose any resource one thing that this legislation does to us
is it takes our focus away from the massive problem most of the plastic
problem is in our packaging it’s in everything we buy every day it’s your
soap, it’s your rice it’s your toothpaste is whatever you’re buying
your food your bread your milk everything is packed in plastic no
that’s not featuring in the legislation because we as a global society have
become addicted to plastic addicted to that convenience that our grandparents
never had Europe people is producing much more waste but you don’t see the
waste anymore it’s hidden it’s burnt it’s so but here it’s everywhere so
people are afraid I think it comes from habits and culture
when you think that not that many years ago plastic wasn’t in the daily use
right everything was in paper everything was
in leaves you chuck it the cows eat it the termites eat it and that’s it
today you chuck it nor the cows might eat it but the termites
don’t and then it flies around so the implication of actually the impact of
your action is not really assimilated when you’re talking about closing off
the tap we’re talking about the amount of waste we produce in each of our homes
right and if you look at the developed economies we look at Europe or America
the amount of waste they produce average person in Europe is like 1.3 kilos the
average person in the US is like 2.5 kilos that lifestyle is not sustainable
huge consumption and huge waste production and what’s really cool about
India is that we haven’t become addicted to that lifestyle yet and our per capita
waste production is less than half a kilo so we have a lot to teach Auroville
has a lot to learn from the people around here about thrift about using
materials consciously about not over consuming about respecting mother earth i find this zero-wasteless are is that it makes you very creative it makes you think twice about what you buy how you buy
because buying is voting so if you buy packaged industrial stuff you vote for
industrialization you vote somehow for the destruction of local knowledge
or traditions if we are proper example and if they want to find solution and if
we get a proper set up the only thing we can be is a prototype of a working set
up that they can recreate because when you think about it six ladies
one driver two vehicles you don’t need such a big setup to do it and not only
for us it for environment when they put everything together
it’s dirty we can’t recycle when you clean one plastic even you clean and put it there that will be your helping to recycle that plastic instead of putting
landfills because if you think about waste management what we’re all doing all
around the world is kind of picking up litter it’s trying to recycle it’s all
mopping and what we need to do is start closing the tap reducing waste even
before we get it before it’s created and if you can do that any way in your
life any small way and achieve some success try to repeat doing that’s the
best thing you can start with.