I Love Spiti was born out of love for Spiti and a collective dismay at the increasing amounts of plastic waste, especially from bottled water in the Valley.
An average tourist consumes 2-3 bottles per day that accumulate in landfills, riverbeds, fields, or everywhere throughout Spiti!
- It is estimated that 3,00,000+ plastic bottles are left behind in Spiti each year. This number is increasing manifold every year.
- Plastic bottles take 450 years to degrade! Even when discarded in a dustbin, they typically end up in a dumping ground next to the Spiti River.
- The nearest recycling center is about 500 kilometers away in Punjab.
- If burnt or buried, the bottles release harmful chemicals into the air, groundwater or soil, ultimately polluting local food or water. These chemicals are known to cause cancer, heart disease, hormonal imbalance,and other serious ailments.
- Repeatedly reusing plastic bottles isn’t an alternative either. Single-use bottles leach harmful chemicals into the liquids stored in the bottle.
Give us a mountain and we’ll climb it!
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has
- Margaret Mead
The I Love Spiti initiative, aims to:
- Educate the community, local businesses and travellers about the impact of plastic on one’s health and on the environment
- Collect as much recyclable waste off the mountainsides of Spiti to send out of the valley for appropriate recycling
- Reduce the use of plastic bottled water by providing drinking water refill points across the valley