Episode 3: Etosha Chatterjee on Responsible Trekking and Waste Management

Etosha is a zero waste traveller and a waste management expert. She joins us today in this episode to share her thoughts on responsible trekking in Himalayas along with the challenges because of which we are unable to eradicate plastic pollution. She also shares some interesting experiences from her travels. She is one of the biggest promoters of responsible travel in India and is an essential part of Waste Warriors Dharamshala. Join us and make sure that you have subscribed.

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  1. paddockfamily4

    Such an important issue. We just started camping with our boys, which is much different than long distance trekking, but we’re working hard to teach them to be sustainable campers!

  2. Sanna

    This podcast is super valuable. As travellers we have the responsibility to take care of our environment as well and not destroy it. We and others should enjoy it instead. One important lesson I know of: in Japan they carry a small bag with them to put their trash there and not leave it on the streets.

    1. ansh997x

      Hey Sanna. You said the right thing. This is the only planet where we live and small changes will ensure a better future. I think that the world should take examples from Japan.

  3. Unfortunately, many people are clueless and careless when it comes to protecting the environment. With traveling becoming more affordable, this problem is steadily growing.

    1. ansh997x

      I agree. What do you think is a better way to solve this issue?

  4. Zarina

    Thank you for creating awareness for this issue on your platform as it’s one of the greatest downsides of travelling unfortunately. I hope people will become more respectful towards the beautiful areas they’re fortunate to visit!

    1. ansh997x

      Commercial travel often create this problem but I think things are slowly changing.

  5. Sandy N Vyjay

    It is absolutely necessary, for travelers to be responsible and ensure that they do not contribute towards the degradation of the environment.

    1. ansh997x

      Thanks for dropping by. I agree that travelers need to have a sense of personal accountability.

  6. Eric Gamble

    So as an avid backpacker and outdoorsman, I understand wehre Etosha Chatterjee is coming from. It always pains me to be backpacking in the middle of a 5 day trek and see some aluminum can or plastic water bottle just sitting on the side of a trail. Now dont get me wrong, I am not a zealot about it, but what I like is how her Waste Warrior program is not too in your face about it…I mean how simple is it to “Use the Bin” & “Segregate” the trash from recyclables? Even a meatball like me can manage that…

    1. ansh997x

      Thanks for sharing your experience Eric. I also believe that if we all start traveling with a little sense of responsibility then these problems will slowly go away.

  7. This is such an interesting and insightful podcast. Inspiring and thought-provoking. Kudos to her.

  8. josypheen

    Great podcast. It is really good to hear her attitude about wanting to give back to the mountains – I totally understand that feeling!! I have been aiming for a zero waste lifestyle too, but it can be pretty hard, it’s awesome to hear how positive she is about it.

    1. ansh997x

      It was a joy talking to her. I am glad that you checked out the episode and shared your thoughts.

  9. Melissa

    This is a great idea and such an important topic. It is undeniable that when people travel irresponsibly it is damaging the environment. I think its important that every one of use take some responsibility for protecting the environment and taking simple steps every time we go into nature to protect it.

    1. ansh997x

      I totally agree with you. Personal accountability will create a lot of changes in mindset of people. We should understand that this planet is not something that we can take for granted.

    1. ansh997x

      Thanks a lot for checking out the post.

  10. Kez

    This is such an important topic. From what I’ve heard tonnes upon tonnes of garbage and plastic are discarded on the way to the top of Everest every year.

  11. subhadeepmytravelframes

    It’s good to know you are addressing one of the most burning issues of travel and tourism. Keep up the good work.

    1. ansh997x

      Thanks a lot. I hope that you carry this message forward.

  12. Kevin | Caffeinated Excursions

    What an interesting topic, and traveling zero waste is very impressive! I know I’ve cut down on my own greenhouse gas emissions this year since I haven’t flown since January, but getting down to zero waste is truly an accomplishment. Hopefully over-tourism in the Himalayas will soon become a thing of the past as more people become aware of the negative impacts of it.

    1. ansh997x

      And you know what, traveling zero waste doesn’t require so many efforts like it is perceived. Congrats for cutting down your carbon footprint. I hope that you inspire many more.