Have you ever wondered about the silver space-age structure next to Chhipa at the Submarine Chowk in Karachi? I pass by there often and finally decided to check it out. It is run by Gul Bahao NGO. They are using donations of all dry trash to build homes! INCLUDING Tetra Paks! I have long wondered where to recycle the many juice and milk tetra paks that my household throws away, Gul Bahao says they are perfect for the work they do!
Shirin Halai recently started a commendable effort in recycling for charity. So if Bath Island is a more convenient place for you to drop your recyclables, please send me a message and I’ll put you in touch. Shirin has really inspired me, she’s taught me that every scrap of paper – including store receipts and the cardboard box from a tube of toothpaste or the toilet roll core – can be recycled. Keep a cardboard ‘bin’ and toss these scraps in, I bet you’ll be surprised how much you come up with. She has already donated to various charities, including ABSA (www.absapk.org), school for the hearing impaired. A donation was made of three sets of digital hearing aids for needy children. Just look at what recycling can do! Rightly, Shireen has been nominated at AZM Awards 2012 http://www.azmealishan.com/awards/nominee/117
HyperStar – and if you’re from Karachi then you’ve heard of HyperStar – is selling quite large reusable shopping bags for just 89 Rs.! They are very roomy, sturdy bags that fold up to be tucked into your purse. Thus my cupboards are no longer bursting with plastic bags.
We already compost at our house, so between the recycling and the composting, our trash has greatly reduced. I encourage you all to join the club and increase your own recycling… working together toward a better environment.