Zero Waste Pangot

January 23, 2019
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Asian Adventures The Experiential Travel Specialists has gotten together with Chintan Environmental Research and Action Group for the conservation initiative to Clean the Himalayan region starting with zero waste Pangot. Zero Waste Pangot A drive towards cleaning the Kumaon Himalayan region of Nainital district in Uttrakhand India.

About us

Asian Adventures has become a specialist in helping the travelers to sight some selected rare bird and wildlife species and has extended its reach worldwide. The people who have traveled with us remember us not only for extending an incredible experience but also maintaining the highest quality standards and transparency each time.

We have completed 22 years of existence and now we seek to direct our focus towards conservation. The entity has taken numerous conservation measures across the nation and now we desire to put more efforts to upscale it. I also wish to work with residents of the Himalayan region who wish to transform their houses into homestays. I want to help them so that they become self-reliant but also take responsibility of keeping the charm of the region preserved and contribute their part in conservation. Any individual or organization which desires to extend a supportive hand in this direction is warmly and duly invited.

We have come together with Chintan and NGO which works for environmental sustainability in partnership with people and groups from diverse sections of society. Their focus is on ensuring equitable and sustainable production and consumption of materials, and improved disposal and management of waste.

Here is how:

When you leave behind nondegradable waste such as your plastic packaging from chips, namkeens, biscuits, sachets, wet wipes, we have to find a way to dispose of it. It cannot be recycled, it cannot be composted. We have to spend money to transport it out of Pangot. It reaches Haldwani. No one can recycle it even there.

This results in the municipality collecting it and dumping it. Some of it flies away and ends up in the local rivers. From there, it reaches the Ganges and then the oceans. Plastics in the oceans is a global crisis. The UN says that if we do not stop using and throwing so much plastic, by 2050, we will have more plastics than fish in the oceans.

Did you know, that 67% of all plastics that reach the ocean are from rivers in Asia? Of these, the Ganges is the second biggest carrier of plastics, from the Himalayan waste plastic to the plastic from the plains. According to a study just released, between 1.15 and 2.41 million tonnes of plastic currently flows from the global riverine system into the oceans every year.

The Chinese Yangtze River is the largest contributing catchment, with an annual input of 0.33 million tonnes of plastic discharged into the East China Sea, followed by the Ganges River with 0.12 million tonnes per year.

What steps can we take?

So, reduce the plastics you use as a tourist to Pangot. Use our packing guide. Before you arrive, check these 6 small ways you can be the solution:

Pack in a reusable water bottle, or flask, so you dont need any plastic water bottles. Are you carrying foods like chips, namkeens, and biscuits? Their packaging cannot be recycled-can you carry food in reusable containers you can take back with you? We cannot recycle the packaging you will leave behind.

Try our local snacks, made fresh for you, instead of chips and Kurkure, which leave a permanent footprint on the planet.

Do you have wet-wipes? We understand. But they are woven plastic and cannot be reused. Try to avoid using them even if you bring them along.

Take a quick look at how you are planning to pack: can you reduce the packaging for everything and pack it in boxes instead? Yes, it takes time but wont you do it for the birds?

Carry one or two cloth bags for anything you may buy. Dont have any- take some from us.

Sanitary waste is not recyclable anywhere in India. Consider carrying along cloth diapers, tampons, cloth napkins, and menstrual cups to protect the planet.

While Traveling

If you have a plastic bag you want to throw away, dont put it in the bin, because it cannot be recycled. Take it back till Haldwani and leave it in a bin.

Snack with us-the chips and namkeens and cookies you have are wrapped in non-recyclable plastic, which will end up in the Himalayas. Take it back. Planning to buy fruit, mithai, and other goodies later on? Pick up a cloth bag from us instead of taking a plastic bag from the seller. Borrow a water bottle from us, dont buy a plastic water bottle.

Jungle Lore Birding Lodge – Zero waste Pangot Drive Updates for the month of January 2018

We have begun the trial waste collection this first week of January. A crucial Step, along with education of the locals regarding waste management and the threats of mismanagement in the long run in the region.

Initiatives were taken

Cloth Bags places at Lodges
Visitors and Local instructed
Instruction chart displayed
We have initiated the Waste Pick up which will be taken to Haldwani for Recycling.

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