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How To Reduce Plastic Pollution, on World Environment Day and Beyond.

One of the greatest challenges faced in pollution control is the prevalence of plastic, or, the infamous ‘Single Use Plastic’. These plastics are recognized for their lack of versatility, as they are designed to cover an item once and then carelessly disposed of, leading to their breakdown into microplastics.


Microplastics are present everywhere and pose a toxic threat. They can be found in the deep ocean in our own bodies. Researcher Marcus Eriksen and his team estimate that there are over 5 trillion pieces of plastic currently floating in the world’s oceans, weighing more than 250,000 tons. These microplastics can infiltrate drinking water and food items, creating a severe health risk to humans.


Despite being well-documented and researched, plastic production continues with a “business-as-usual” attitude. As a leading Wellness retreat in India, the Dharana Wellness Retreat is deeply concerned about the environment and sustainability. Located in the beautiful Shillim Valley, the retreat, along with the Shillim Institute, conserves more than 2000 acres of forests, including rare flora and fauna, all of which are at significant risk from plastic toxicity. Therefore, How to reduce Plastic Pollution is of great concern to us. The answer?


Avoid Plastics. 

What seems like a drastic and difficult step becomes quite simple once implemented consciously. The United Nations Environment Programme itself recommends opting for Sustainable products and refusing items contained or packaged in plastic. Such behaviour has also resulted in the recent rise in Sustainable Alternatives to plastic-heavy products. As such, when faced with such products, it can be prudent to ask yourself: “Can this item be replaced with an eco-friendly item?” Chances are, the answer is ‘Yes!’


Researchers Pradeep Kautish and colleagues identified in their research regarding consumer behaviours regarding plastic products that strongly believe in an individual’s role in pollution reduction, along with being connected with nature, results in consumers opting for sustainable products above everything else. 


How to Avoid Plastics?

The Dharana Wellness Retreat Near Mumbai has implemented a “no-plastic” policy, ceasing the use of any kind of plastic within the retreat. This is an integral step in the continued protection of the Shillim Valley, home of the Dharana Wellness Retreat, and in creating a sustainable mindset among guests. 


An example of the No-Plastic Policy in action is our signature Glass Bottles. Replacing harmful Plastic Bottles that begin leeching microplastics into the water, glassware proves to be a sustainable and healthy method of consuming water. 


Answering ‘How to reduce Plastic Pollution’ is not simple, but baby steps can point us in the right direction. At the Dharana Wellness Retreat, sustainability is a core tenet. Take advantage of World Environment Day to start your wellness journey at Dharana and gain new perspectives on sustainability. Reserve your stay today.