Refill mania: Indias zero waste approach to plastic pollution 

Namaste my lovely lazies! It’s been almost two months since I left the rainy, wintery UK to the warm and humid Indian subcontinent, and what adventures I’ve had so far! 

It’s been relatively easy to continue my lazy green lifestyle on the road, and me and my little backpack have been living the minimal lifestyle in wedded bliss. That said, it’s not been without it’s challenges. 

The biggest issue (which I hasten to add is simply due to my disorganisation) is the amount of plastic water bottles I’ve found myself using in lieu of clean drinking water supplies. I discovered fairly early on that my Brita filter water bottle wouldn’t cut it with Indian tap water and at 20p a pop, I soon found myself succumbing to the convienance of bottled water.  

I know, I know, I hang my head in shame! It’s my biggest bug bear at home but here I am turning to the (plastic covered) dark side! 

But all is not lost, and in pockets of India my redemption has been found in the form of handy refill options. In a number of hostels you can find specific water purification units, or water tanks for a small price of 10 rupees (10p), which make it easy and affordable to refil your water bottle and keep your green halo intact. 

In fact, this relatively forward thinking approach to zero waste is also extended to bottle soft drinks like coke, mirinder (like tango) and sprite. Across India you will spot trucks of empty glass bottles heading back to the factory for refill and further distribution.  

Much like our old faithful milk man,  these trucks create a circular system which prevents landfill and, I must admit, generates a real feeling of nostalgia as you sip from an old faded glass bottle! 

So, whilst I’ve certainly not been a green angel and eco traveller all the way, I’m keeping my eyes peeled for the greener option and continue to learn. After all, that’s what travelling is all about! 

One thought on “Refill mania: Indias zero waste approach to plastic pollution ”

  1. I had the same issue when I was in Mexico last year, to avid ine use plastic bottles I would buy the larger gallon (plastic) jugs and lug them back to my hostel. At least you are aware & conscious though 🙂


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