How ordering stuff online might do more harm than good

And how the fate of the entire planet might depend on a few clicks.

I ordered a Face powder, a lipstick, and an eyeliner from Myntra today.

This is what it looked like after I had unpacked them-

Do you see the amount of cardboard, plastic, and paper that were used in packing and sending these three items to me?

I understand the logistics, and I understand that it must be difficult for Myntra to make sure such delicate cosmetics reach safely to me, but, after so many years of industrialization and development, why haven’t we found a way to do away with plastics altogether?

The most annoying situation in India is the waste we Indians generate, and how, there is nothing done on a large-scale level to take care of it.

If you think this is not an important issue, here are a few facts:

  • Most plastics take 1000+ years to decompose.
  • There is no large-scale plastic recycling system in India. All plastics that we use are dumped into the ocean.
  • There is a large floating island of plastic waste in the oceans called the Great Pacific garbage patch.
  • It is a “Dead zone” stretching for as large as 15,000,000 square kilometers (5,800,000 sq mi) (about the size of Russia).
  • There is a garbage dump in Ghazipur, Delhi that is referred to by the locals as the “Mount Everest of trash.”
  • This garbage mountain stands 213 feet tall (65 meters)
  • In 2017, a landslide from the dump spilled over onto adjacent roads, killing two locals.

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I Tweeted about this to the official Myntra page and here is what they replied-

Fingers crossed for better days to come.

3x Author, Engineer, 2x Quora Top Writer. Find my videos on YouTube and Instagram. Open to gigs: anangsha@pm.me | Newsletter: anangsha.substack.com

3x Author, Engineer, 2x Quora Top Writer. Find my videos on YouTube and Instagram. Open to gigs: anangsha@pm.me | Newsletter: anangsha.substack.com