“I took the path of sustainability early on in my life. I am the kind of person who is cautious of her everyday life choices, such as food, clothing and waste decomposition.
I think I imbibed it from my elders. They prefer using homemade products that are much less harmful to nature.
This is the reason I was drawn to Indiahikes as soon as I came across its website. When I read about the Green Trails initiative, I felt hopeful and motivated. It resonated with me instantly.
The initiative seemed to be asking a simple but deep question - ‘We safeguard the ones we love. So why not do the same for the mountains? We love them after all!’
I just knew I had to go on a trek with Indiahikes. Soon, I signed up for Hampta Pass.
Since I saw a reflection of my way of life in their approach towards nature, I wanted to do something from my side to contribute. I was that pumped up!
I thought about what more can I do to leave the mountains in a better condition. That is when I came up with the idea of using homemade toothpowder and cleansing products on the trek.
The ingredients used in our regular toothpaste do not only harm us but also the environmental waterways. It may not seem like a big deal since it’s just a few spits but when we look at its collective usage, it becomes a much more serious matter.
Similarly, products like face wash, hand wash etc are also loaded with harmful chemicals that cause damage to the mountains. There are herbal alternatives available but you cannot trust them completely.
So before going to Hampta Pass, I prepared toothpowder and face wash powder at home using basic kitchen ingredients such as besan and haldi. I only used these on the trek.
I did the same on my recent trek to Kuari Pass too. In fact, this time, I also introduced the self-prepared products to my fellow trekkers. I explained my reasons to them.
Over the years, trekking with Indiahikes has only inspired me to become more thoughtful towards nature. It is like having a like-minded friend who pushes you to get better.
Nature gives us so much peace and calmness. Being sustainable is the least I can do in return.”
- Nivetha (@at_nivetha), Indiahikes Trekker